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Buckland Athletic are one of the newer names in women's football but are aiming to make an impact in a short space of time.
Their first season has ended with them winning the Westward Developments Devon League Division One title as well as the League Cup, and Head Coach Grant Fisher explains that the club will already be expanding next season.
"It's been something of a whirlwind nine months," he said. "Having only been established on May 30th last year and getting accepted into the league at the AGM a week later, it's all happened so quickly. Nine months on, we are league and cup double winners and we are starting a ladies' Development side and have an Under-12 girls team all in place for next season.
"We went on our journey starting in the bottom rung of the pyramid and staying unbeaten throughout the league season, I can't really pinpoint a performance or game, it was a huge team effort and they all deserve a huge well done from the players to management, to the chairman who hasn't missed a game, to the committee who have backed us one million per cent through everything and helped us push this club onto the next level.
"The next part of the journey is that we now hopefully get accepted into the South West Women's League at the AGM and that we have three sides for the 2016-17 season, and we start developing our own players.
"I have a real vision at this football club that we could be a real force in Devon if we can develop players and get it right on the field because off it, we are very lucky and privileged to have such a fantastic backing behind us.
"I must pay a huge thank you to my assistant Vanessa Casey who has been superb in helping me run this side and pushing us forward and most of all my players. When we took this challenge on, these group of ladies stuck with me, stuck by me and most importantly gave me everything they could until the last ball they kicked of what was a frustrating season at times, with not playing for ten weeks during the winter due to teams pulling out of the league and postponements. No one deserves more credit than the players.
"The team was captained in the first half of the season by Louisa Stentiford-Crook and in the second half by Gabi Trays. Top scorer was Laura Gough with a staggering 125 goals!
"Lastly, this football club across the board is a fantastically run voluntary-based football club who have many people working behind the scenes daily to make it the place it us today, and we as a ladies department are going to continue to grow. We will strive to develop our own players and provide fun filled football to ladies and girls in Devon and the surrounding areas.
"The sky is the limit - who knows where we will go but one thing is for sure, I'm proud to be a part of the history of this ladies team and long may it continue that women's football keeps growing. With the South West now boasting many fantastic women's sides, it all bodes well for the future of women's football in the region."
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