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Charlestown have enjoyed a great season which has resulted in the carrying off the Western Division title in the South West Women's League.
Charlestown's campaign started with three very tough fixtures, their opener at home against title hopefuls Plympton was a close encounter with Amber Hadrill grabbing Charlestown's first goal of the season. Plympton showed their quality bagging two goals but a brace from striker Tori Marks was enough to get Charlestown off to a winning start. A good 1-1 draw at Alphington was followed by a 2-0 victory at home against Callington, a 5-1 victory at Dobwalls and a 3-0 victory at home against Exeter and Tedburn and Charlestown had topped the league from the off.
A tricky trip to local rivals Illogan saw the league leaders' battle hard, claiming a 4-2 victory and with confidence soaring, put nine goals past Launceston the following match with Marks hitting six of the goals and a debut goal from Under-16's Morgen Kent. The goals were now flying in with six at home against Newquay where Hadrill was inspirational, then a break from the league saw Mullion concede eighteen goals when they visited St Mewan Park in the County Cup with Jasmine Turk grabbing a hat-trick, two more for Kent and a first senior goal for Phoebe Small among their scorers.
Back in the league, a 2-0 home victory against a very good Alphington side kept their momentum going with Laura Barrett playing a starring role, grabbing one goal while Hadrill scored the other. With a break for the Christmas holidays and a further enforced break through bad weather, Charlestown stuttered when finally playing at the end of January, losing 3-0 to Callington in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup, but a hard fought 2-1 victory at Bude in the quarter final of the County Cup got them back on track. A tough encounter against Newquay Celtic at Mount Wise ended in a 3-3 draw, then a quality performance from Issy Semple bagged all three points in their home fixture against Illogan where Semple and a first senior goal from Alana Marks was enough.
The next fixture away at Plympton was a pivotal result when in windy conditions and trailing 1-0 in the second half, Charlestown dug deep to grab victory through a double from Marks against a quality side. With the league title in sight, they struck first at Exeter & Tedburn but the hosts hit back late on to grab a deserved point, leaving two points for Charlestown to claim the title.
Their dream was realised at Launceston when a clinical performance was rewarded with a 4-0 victory and the league title which was thoroughly deserved. Celebrations were brief though as their attentions turned to a meeting with Callington at Godolphin FC in the semi finals of the County Cup. Playing their first match as Champions and full of confidence, they played a near faultless match, winning 3-0 with goals from Hadrill (2) and Marks to book a Final clash with Newquay. What a season for the red and blacks.
Manager Andy Hoskin points to the defensive qualities as a team and the wide range of players on the scoresheet as major factors. He says: "Keeper Brogan O'Brien has been consistent all season with some crucial saves at times. Twins Kaitlyn and Chloe Harris, Hannah Morcom, Angelee Robinson and Captain Lauren Bennett have been immense at the back all season, while up front Tori Marks and Amber Hadrill have scored 23 and 14 goals respectively plus goals across the squad as a whole from all areas.
"The midfield has played with a lot of maturity considering their young years: Rhiannon Player (24), Isabel Semple (18), Laura Barrett (17), Beth Willshaw (21) and Anna Minter (16) play with a lot of energy and desire, discipline to defend and organised going forward. Three of our Under 16's - Jaz Turk, Alana Marks and Morgen Kent have all made their senior debuts and acquainted themselves very well with all three getting on the scoresheet.
"Of course you need luck as well, we were lucky to have Lauren Hoskin who is a tireless worker in midfield, available for the first 3 or 4 games (before returning to University) which were tough fixtures and we have been lucky with injuries, whereas last season we had some key injuries which blighted our season.
"It's been a season to remember, I'm very proud of them all."
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