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The 2014-15 has been a successful season for Hampton and Richmond Borough Ladies FC.
After their manager of nine years retired at the end of last season, it was a hesitant start of the season with no manager for the first two games. In stepped Leah Ambridge who has completely changed this season for the club.
The campaign has been a great one for Hampton, who have not lost a league game all season and have only lost one cup game in a total of 20 matches. Sunday 8th March saw them win the league title against rivals Chobham Burymead in front of a strong home crowd of over 100 spectators.
"With two league games still remaining we are overjoyed at this brilliant achievement for the team and the club," secretary Emma Marlow told Women's Soccer Scene.
"There have been some massive games this season including two cup games which have gone all the way to penalties, an underdog winning cup match and some tough league battles. Two of our cup games went all the way to penalties after falling a goal behind in the dying stages of the game. We also had to face Regents Park Rangers who are currently two divisions above us. We knew this game was going to be a tough one, however we won the game 2-0 with a fantastic performance from all players. On a boggy pitch, the ladies worked extremely hard and matched the standard without letting the gap in leagues get the better of them!"
The league title was a battle won over the course of the season with some very important wins, some tough games but also some run away wins. "Chobham Burymead were sitting top of the table at Christmas and with us closely following behind, we were in the position we wanted to be in with little pressure on us," added Emma. "After the short Christmas break we came back fighting to get to the top of the league and get the better of this league.
"The attitude and ability of all our players, and under the management of Leah, we pushed every single game and by February found ourselves top of the league. Fixtures were released and we found ourselves playing second place rivals Chobham twice in three weeks. The first of the two games ended with us winning 3-2 in a great game for all. A win in the following week's game meant that we would face Chobham at home on 8th March, knowing full well that a point would win us the league. With a fantastic home crowd behind us we put up a very tough fight and an all-around fantastic team performance brought a solid 1-0 win and the league title firmly in our hands.
"This season has been a great one, and under Leah's management, the team has developed and flourished to become a title winning side. However, the season isn't quite over yet, we still have two league games to play and we have two cup quarter finals in the coming up this month. It is a fantastic opportunity to promote the club but also a women's team which is continuing to promote women's football and the success we can have on and off the pitch."
Manager Leah Ambridge took over the side this season and has had an amazing influence on the side. "Her passion, dedication and vision has motivate the team every single match and we are all so happy to have her as our manager," says Emma. "Leah's technical mentality for the game is a gift and has helped every player develop and learn throughout the season. Her belief in us has pushed us even when the odds were stacked against us and has paid off as we have now gifted her with the league title.
"Captain Lisa Traynor is an excellent motivator, she is an extremely motivational captain and leads the team on and off the pitch. Her character and ability in the midfield is always spurring everyone else on to battle until the final whistle.
"With 41 goals between them, Katie Foster and Louise Clarke have been the striking force of the team this season. Their goalscoring ability is top class and they are great people to have on the team.
"There are a number of people who have played a huge role in the team this year, in particular Lauren Pearson, Matt Albright and Tracey Hathaway. Lauren is our physio and have been a very welcome addition to the team. She has treated injuries that have come up throughout the season and is vital to the development of this team in the coming seasons. Matt joined us on a UNI placement and has been vital to helping Leah with training and match day tactics. Tracey is part of the main club and has been a massive help with our admin and finances this season. The club's board, first team manager and supporters have been fantastic this season and we look forward to sharing the league title with them at the end of season presentation."
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