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Morecambe have just rounded off the best season in their history with a 3-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra in the North West League Cup Final, which clinched the double having won the league title a week earlier.
Morecambe Ladies FC was established in 2005 as there were very few women's football teams in the local area and there were girls crying out for football. Nine years on and the club has progressed quicker than expected, climbing the women's football pyramid and gaining promotion every other season.
In 2013-14, a reserve team was also formed and Morecambe LFC now have 50+ ladies signed on across the club. The new players and the support from the reserve team has been a massive bonus and one of the major factors in the success of the first team and this year's league and cup success as in previous seasons, tired legs got the better of the girls in the title race run in they had no reserve players to call upon.
"There were a couple of games this season when wins were vital and thankfully we pulled it off," says secretary Sophie Fish. "The first was our home game against Crewe. They were top of the league at the time and we had to beat them to go top. With the game at 1-1 and only ten minutes remaining, our striker Megan Doherty hit a speculative volley from 20 yards out which flew in the bottom corner to seal a 2-1 win.
"The other game was away at Blackpool Wren Rovers. They are our local rivals and we always have close games. From being 1-0 down, we came from behind to win 2-1 and maintain our lead at the top of the league. This gave everyone the belief that we could then go on and win the league.
"The club takes great pride in the relationship and bond the girls have with each other on and off the field, which also plays such a massive part in their success. We are not only a keen football team but we also like to socialise together away from football as well as part of it, but not always conducive to being able to play football. The team is built around good football, fun and being a friendly club."
The club's manager, Nick Barrett has worked hard to keep the team improving each season and they now hope that can continue to develop in the new look FA Women's Premier League. Ryan Ashton has this season looked after the reserve team and has done a good job in getting them to the semi finals of their league cup and finishing third in the Lancashire County League Division One. Not bad for their first season and hopefully they can improve on this next year.
Nicola Relph captained the first team to their double success with Hannah Paling as vice captain but hot shot striker Megan Doherty - described as the club's "hero" - has had an amazing season, scoring a massive 83 goals in all competitions.
Take a look at www.morecambeladiesfc.co.uk for more information on the club and how you can get involved!
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