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Rubery Ladies are celebrating the best season in their history, winning the Birmingham County Women's League title as well as the League Cup.
Manager Mark Cope has taken great pride in Rubery's double success and he told Women's Soccer Scene: "I've been coaching since I was 17 years old, as a goalkeeper coach. Two years later I took full responsibility for the team and took them to open age football, over the years we have taken beatings from teams having turned up with 8-9 players to games but still the players have always been loyal and I still have eight who remain from when I first started.
"Last season we started to improve and lost out on second place in the last game of the season but still got promoted to the Premier Division. We had a few extra players join the team, adding strength and depth, plus with the other eight players who are now at the right age, from 24-27, and their maturity showed through the season.
"We played 37 games including cup, friendlies and league, of which we won 28, drew 4 and lost 5. We scored an incredible 133 goals and only conceded 31, kept 14 clean sheets and had an unbeaten run of 14 games. We didn't lose at home all season and in 12 games, only conceded twice."
Rubery's success this season was not just confined to the league. "We also reached our very first Cup Final," added Mark, "and after having been 3-2 down to Halesowen in extra time, came back from the dead to equalise, only for our keeper then to save a penalty in the shootout and score the winner to ensure Rubery's first major trophy."
Now the team could concentrate on their title challenge in what was a busy end to the campaign. "We had to win our last three games to win the league after Folly Lane did us a big favour by beating Kingshurst in their final game," said Mark. "In our final game, we did it in style, beating Tipton Town 5-0.
"There was a sense of will, determination, grit and fight in the team and a set of players who wanted to win things. After the Cup Final, beating Halesowen - who hadn't lost in two years - there was only ever going to be one outcome and that was us winning the league after the taste of success.
"My captain Emma Cope was a great role model throughout the season along with many other players and I can't single anyone out as they all played their part. Our top goalscorer was Faye Birch who scored 48 goals in 34 appearances.
"I would also like to say a big thank you to John Smith and Josh Cook who have helped me this season in building and progressing the team."
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