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Bexhill on the rise again
 Women's Football News 23 May 2014
 
Bexhill on the rise again - 23 May 2014 - Women's Football News

 
Bexhill United have enjoyed an excellent season in which they have won the South East Counties League title following a close race throughout the campaign. 
 
The season had started like many others, a few home wins against Dartford and Meridian in the league and Long Lane in the League Cup, however the team were knocked out of the FA Women's Cup in October by Fulham Compton. The run of bad form continued into November when Parkwood came out on top of a 3-2 result and Bexhill could only muster a 1-1 draw against Crockenhill the following week.
 
The absolute low point of the season was the home defeat to Haywards Heath; after taking a 2-0 early lead, Heath saw out a 3-1 win. However, this disappointment worked to spur the squad on and became the turning point of the season, as well as the only home defeat suffered in the league campaign. Seven days later, Bexhill exacted revenge on Haywards Heath with a 4-2 win that kick started a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
 
Highlights that followed were the away wins at Meridian and Dartford - the first away wins against both opposition for Bexhill since joining the South East Counties Women's Football League in 2007 - and the 4-1 win against Parkwood in March which was the strongest performance of the season and effectively a 'six-pointer' in the race for the league title. After taking the lead in the first minute through an in-form Laura Bolton, Parkwood clawed their way back into the fixture equalising just before half time. Bexhill were able to step up the pace of the game and began to take control after the restart, two further goals from Bolton and a volley from Chantelle Barkworth (a candidate for goal of the season) secured the vital three points and set Bexhill on their way in their final four league games.
 
The title was secured in a sodden double header against South Park in April, the final league games of the season. Despite a goalless first game, Bexhill held their nerve and captain Kiera Chapman was on hand to kick off a 3-0 win in the second game with a close range header. Although the run of form could not extend to League Cup Final seven days later, promotion to the London & South East Regional League for the 2014-15 season is a fitting prize for the hard work from all involved.
 
Off the pitch, Claire Nichols has taken on the role of 'kitman' this year, ensuring the team go out in brilliant white each week. In her third year at the Club, committee member Serena Mathews has continued to provide invaluable support to the club, arranging the successful '1000 miles in 24 hours' static gym equipment charity event that raised over £1,000 for a local hospital and funds for the club, as well as being available on match days for any tasks that need to be completed. 2013 Club hero Paul Wenham has continued to offer his services to the first team in the form of club assistant and Pauline and Mark Killy have followed the team around the South East supporting the girls in all weathers.
 
"The league success should be duly shared between the squad, with all players having a significant role throughout the campaign," says manager Kate Wilde. "Commitment from members, on both training and match days, has been pivotal in achieving promotion for the club.
 
"I have been the first team manager since 2009, and also became the secretary in 2011. Year on year we have improved our final position in the league (9th in 2009-10, 6th in 2010-11, 4th in 2011-12, 3rd in 2012-13) which has been rewarding throughout my time with the club. This year's title is a culmination of all the hard work, effort and commitment made, both on and off the pitch, from everyone associated with the Club. It also signifies the positive transformation of the Club since its near demise in 2006. I'm immensely proud to be part of the set up."

 
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