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Yeovil Town are striving to be successful in the FA WSL at both first team and development level but in the winter game, it has been a very successful campaign for the Glovers.
Yeovil's third team - or the Intermediate team as they are known - were formed at the start of last season and after winning the Somerset County Women's League Division Two title at the first attempt, they carried it on this time around and were recently crowned Division One Champions, as well as winning the League Cup.
A delighted Yeovil manager Wesley Gullin told Women's Soccer Scene: "This season has been a memorable one for me as manager, for several reasons. Following last season's Somerset County Women's League Division Two title, the challenge was to strengthen the team ready for tougher opposition, while maintaining the team spirit and bond that I attribute so much of our success to.
"My assistant Nick Wilton has a great eye for defensive detail and is a great character for the girls to learn from. Adding strong, versatile players such as Naomi Binding, Rebecca Wakley and Amber Guy-Kemp have allowed us to add physicality and composure in key positions, but also manage injury and illness well over a long season.
"Our top scorer this year was also a new signing in Harriet King, and the pace and finishing ability she brings to the team is really exciting, especially at the age of 17. 25 goals in her first season at Yeovil Town Ladies, league and cup, is a brilliant return and I am confident that she will continue to improve going forward.
"We have managed to balance experienced, intelligent players such as Danni Pearson and Kim Short, with promising young players like Jenna Evans and Eva Smith. I also give a lot of credit to my captain Hannah Eglon, from whom I demand a lot in terms of leadership, and seeing her become a role model is fantastic at such a young age."
Looking back on the season, Wesley points to a number of important games - and not just for the result. "Ilminster Town at home in the County Cup was a key game for us because we overcame the physical test of a great side, and the mental challenge of playing a team who beat us in the same competition last year," he said. "The girls had to learn the fight that is needed to win those close games, and you could see what it meant to them to win 2-1.
"Bishop's Lydeard at home in the same cup was also a huge game. They are a very well run side, have some really talented players and were flying high in the league above, so to lose narrowly 2-1 highlighted how far we'd come. Then there was the League Cup Final at Street FC.,Beth Smith and Harriet King both scoring with style, and then Naomi Binding scoring the winner from the penalty spot to take it 3-2. Our young goalkeeper Lucie Nurse made several game winning saves against one of the best strikers around in Taylor Gainey and I couldn't be happier that it ended with us being League and Cup double winners.
"Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club has some special players, supporters and staff who have all bought in to how First Team manager Jamie Sherwood and the Board have set out to operate, and I am proud to be a part of it."
Yeovil Town Intermediate squad: Lucie Nurse, Chloe Williams, Georgia Mann, Danni Pearson, Jenna Evans, Shelby Overington, Naomi Binding, Beth Smith, Colette Martin, Hannah Eglon ©, Eva Smith, Kezia Fowler, Kath Waterhouse, Kim Short, Elise Saysell, Claire Goodson, Harriet King, Rebecca Wakley, Amber Guy-Kemp.
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