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Healing Hotspurs have won the Lincolnshire County Women's League at the first attempt and in their first season in senior women's football. Here is the club's account on what turned out to be a very successful campaign:
"A lot of the girls have played in the same team since they were Under-9 and grown to be friends on and off the pitch. The majority of the girls had only just turned 16 and were very apprehensive physically and mentally, joining a ladies league. However during this season we were able to pick up some new more mature and experienced players making Healing Hotspurs even stronger as a team.
Our first season in the Lincolnshire County League was by far the most competitive and enduring season we have had as a team. We knew it would be tough in this league and we would have to work hard to get any kind of result.
Our first game was challenging. In the first half we were 3-0 down, we knew we had to step it up to be able to at least get a goal back. After our manager Barry gave us a pep talk during half time which lifted the team's spirits, we went into the second half with our heads up believing we could get back into the game and like any good team, we finally made the break through with a goal making the scoreline 3-1. We then pushed on and managed to get another goal with time running out quickly, Barry made a wonder sub and brought on Georgia Peers, within minutes she hit a looping shot on goal from outside the area managing to make its way past the goalkeeper! The score was 3-3. Although we didn't win the game, we felt as though we had won and we had earned a place in the league as ladies.
Midway through the season, tragedy struck when our top goalscorer Jenna-Lea was put out for the rest of the season, injuring her knee. This made us not only want to win the league for us, we wanted to win for Jenna-Lea now as well, she has been with the team since the beginning, this made us more determined than ever to do her and ourselves proud.
Our team continued to put in some great performances throughout the season and found ourselves with three games remaining, just needing to win one of them to claim the title.
It was game day (title decider), excitement and anticipation for us all, we knew it wasn't going to be easy. A challenging game was ahead of Healing Hotspurs Ladies. As a team we went in hoping for the best and believing in ourselves. With a challenging game we supported one another continuously. We were unlucky not scoring in the first half but we went back into the second half with our heads up and carried on looking for the win. After numerous shots and saves by the opposing keeper our first goal came from a corner, the ball fell to Chelsey who smashed it into the roof of the net. We just had to keep hold of the lead now, we not only did that but managed to score another goal with minutes of the game left, this was enough to claim top spot on what had been a short but tough season.
One man that has been able to support us off the pitch is our manager Barry, always managing to motivate us even when we aren't playing to the best of our ability. He constantly tells us we can get the results we just need to keep our heads up and stay positive. The parents also play a big part in our team by being supportive since day one and coming to all games not bad seen as we have been playing for nearly ten years.
Our captain Rebecca always manages to fulfill her duties during the games and at training. She motivates the team non-stop on and off the pitch.
Our first year in the ladies league and victory was ours! The season has most definitely been a season to remember!
A big mention goes to our goalkeeper Skye only letting 12 goals in and the team scoring 28 goals, the girls have something to be proud of and as a team we are looking forward to another great season of football in September! Bring it on."
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