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Chorltonians have had a magnificent season in the Greater Manchester League, winning the Division One title with an unbeaten record and by a margin of seventeen points.
"As with our previous seasons, we welcomed new players to the squad following players leaving for university," says manager Paul Caddick. "We will continue to look to recruit to strengthen our first team with the view of creating a second team to help engage with more ladies wishing to get in to football.
"The side started with Sarah Leigh-Bergin as captain during pre-season, however Sarah became pregnant and unavailable for selection, so Nat Callaghan initially stepped in to the breach for the first half dozen games before we settled on an outfield player, Ellie Caddick as captain.
"Our first competitive fixture was to be against Curzon Ashton in the First Qualifying Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup. This was our first venture in the FA Cup and our opponents had been playing in the FA Women's Premier League the previous season, so we knew that we would have our work cut out. We won 2-1 after extra time and not for the first time as a team, we pushed hard for the full 90 minutes, equalising in the last minute through Jordana Shaw, who would be our top goalscorer for the third consecutive season, and with Jordana scoring the winner in extra time, we progressed to the Second Round Qualifying for a home tie against a strong Blackburn Community side from the North West League Premier Division. Despite leading 1-0 at half time we ended up losing 3-1 [but] whilst the result was disappointing, the performance was not and provided a very clear indicator to the management and players alike that they can compete at a higher level."
With their FA Cup campaign over, Chorltonians turned their attention to the league. "We won 2-0 away at Burnage, followed by impressive wins against Beechfield, Little Lever and Uppermill and we continued to be solid throughout," recalled Paul.
"Our main threat came from Reddish North End and both teams went into their initial clash with 100% records. A 1-1 draw followed by a 2-1 win, with the winner an emphatic strike by Elizabeth Livesey, put the league title in our destiny.
"We did not concede again and whilst some of the games became tense as we neared our goal, our back line and team as a whole showed the drive, desire and determination to succeed. Our final goals against tally was a miserly four, a new League Record, and one that will hopefully stand for many years - one that the team can be justifiably proud of.
"Our next challenge is to gain admittance to the Regional League structure and then to progress there as well. It is an exciting challenge and one that I know we are more than capable of accepting.
"We will break now until the start of July where we will welcome any players interested in playing for the team or just keeping fit through sport. For further details contact Chorltonians Ladies via their Twitter or Facebook accounts."
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