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South Cave became the first women's team to win a league title in the winter season when they were confirmed as Division Two Champions in the East Riding County Women's League on Sunday.
They have won all ten of their league games so far this season and Head Coach Tony Grunnill told Women's Soccer Scene about his squad and the reasons for their success:
"First and foremost, as the head coach, I have to say that they are probably the nicest bunch of players you could ever wish to meet and for the most part are a real pleasure to work with (apart from when they are moaning about the weather and having to train when it is cold and/or wet). Those sentiments I know are echoed equally by my assistant coach Paul Roworth.
"The team itself is a very nice blend of youth and experience with seasoned campaigners like Emma Nutbrow, the club captain, and Sophie Nutbrown, dovetailing perfectly with our exciting younger players like Laura Stride and Katherine Imrie, who are both enjoying their first full season in ladies football and look comfortable and assured.
"The spine of the team have quite literally been exactly that, with regular outstanding performances from 'tough as teak' pair Amy Wilson and Elley McGlynn and vice captain Emma Osborne keeps the team on the front in most matches with her non-stop talking and infectious enthusiasm for the game. She also chips in every now and then with a spectacular long range effort, although she won't like me telling you that most of her shots are either still orbiting the moon or will probably be found at harvest time in an adjoining farmer's field!
"Out on the flanks and identical twins Lauren Green and Rachel Green consistently deliver for the team week in, week out with their breathless energy and pace and when they are not making their way into the opposition penalty area, they are often found doubling back in our own box to provide extra defensive cover when needed.
"Up front we have the magic feet of Shannon Meyers, whose silky skills are reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo in full flow, so much so that you can almost forgive her for her sometimes wayward timekeeping when she produces a moment of genius out on the pitch! Finally we have the silent assassin and the team's top scorer Angela Pritchard.
"Angela is another youngster enjoying her first season in ladies football. She is always smiling and despite saying very little in training and during matches, she is loved by everybody and knows exactly where the goal is and how to finish.
"And during the course of the season so far, we have lost our two other prolific scorers - Luci Preston (through a nasty ankle injury sustained in mid-October) and Olivia Key (through illness, which later transpired to be a 25cm/9Żlb cyst attached to her ovaries that had to be removed in early November).
"What makes the season all the more remarkable is the fact that we don't have a regular goalkeeper, with players taking it in turns each week to spend a quarter of the match in between the posts. However, as the team continues to progress, we hope that this is a situation that we can address in the not too distant future.
"With quality additions like Courtney McConville, who is not 16 until next week, waiting patiently in the wings to make her competitive debut later this month (but knocking them all about in training), the future for South Cave Ladies looks extremely bright."
As for important and significant results during the season, Tony points out that two victories stand out amongst all the others. "Our 6-0 win away to Pinefleet Wolfreton on 12th October was the first time we really knew we had something special going on as we controlled the game against, what was at the time, our toughest challenge to date and we scored some quality goals in the consummate away performance.
"Also the 5-1 win away to Hull University on 7th December, despite being severely understrength and with several players feeling under the weather on a bitterly cold day, another consummate away performance saw us soak up the early pressure our hosts had to offer and then dictate the pace of the rest of the game before ultimately coasting away to a win. Hull University's solitary consolation goal came with the very last kick of the game."
Even though the ultimate target of the title has already been reached, there is still much for South Cave to play for in the remainder of the season. "Promotion out of the ERCFA Women's Division Two was our main objective this season and that has been achieved with matches to spare," says Tony. "The team are also hoping to do well in the upcoming Chairman's League and are equally as hopeful of a decent run in the League Cup.
"Next season we will be looking to progress as far as we can and can hopefully mount a serious challenge on the Division One title as well as a having a decent run in the County and League Cups."
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