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Watford Ladies' academy side rounded off a fantastic season by securing the league title on Wednesday.
A 2-0 win away at Barnet & Southgate sealed back-to-back league successes for the team that represents West Herts College, with 22 points taken from 24 available.
It follows on from reaching two cup finals in the ECFA Premier Cup and ESFA Cup, played at Birmingham City and Fleetwood Town respectively.
One of those behind the side's success was defender Amber Tullett, a regular throughout the season. "This was my first year with the academy, it was pleasing to be part of a great bunch of girls and to win the league with them was a bonus," said Amber.
"The atmosphere afterwards was brilliant, seeing everyone really happy and proud of themselves was a pleasure to see. It also was a great achievement for the players, coaches and for West Herts College.
"It's been a successful year and it's been really good to be a part of it, reaching the cup finals was a fantastic achievement. Hopefully we will carry this on next season."
While it always looked likely that West Herts College would finish top of the league in recent weeks, there was still a job to be done.
"We went into the game knowing what they [Barnet & Southgate] were like, having already played them earlier in the season," Tullett explains. "We knew we had to be at our best to get the win that we needed. Everyone put in a lot of effort and you could tell how much the team wanted it.
"With the game 0-0 at half time, we battled hard in the second half and got ourselves in the lead. Then we started to relax, keeping the ball well and the second goal came along quickly. After that we were professional for the rest of the game which led to a 2-0 victory."
With the campaign now over, it's time to reflect on what has been a good season while looking ahead to the next. Trials have already taken place for 2015-16, however a number of the players involved in recent successes will still be featuring next year.
Tullett is one of those: "It will be sad to see the players that are not going to be involved next year go as we have built up some great friendships," she said. "I wish them all the best and good luck for the future. It's been a great experience playing alongside the older girls and they have helped me a lot."
A few members of the squad have already featured for the first team, is Amber confident of following suit? "Playing for the academy has improved me as a player because of the good coaching I get which I take forward onto the pitch.
"Having been involved with the reserves this season, I have set my targets high to improve more and hopefully make it into the first team."
One thing is for sure, the female academy is certainly producing both in terms of results and development.
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