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Copleston SC Ladies have carried off the Suffolk Women's League title after emerging as victories from a close title race throughout the season.
Manager Lee Pearson, who is assisted by Mark Parker with Hollie Akers as captain, told Women's Soccer Scene that it had been a tough campaign for his side: "We started the season well, carrying on our form from last season which saw us win the last eight games of 2014-15, by winning three of the five league games we played before Christmas. We also had a Cup run, playing Witnesham in the League Cup semi final. With the scores level after extra time, the game was abandoned prior to a penalty shootout due to poor light, then in the replay we were not at our best and it saw us lose 4-2.
"We also got to the quarter finals of the County Cup, pulling off what some saw as a shock win against Bungay in a game where we all pulled together and Jade Horne snatched the winner. We were given the toughest draw possible…Ipswich Town Ladies…a game we would all like to forget, we planned to keep it tight but saw ourselves 3-0 down inside ten minutes, eventually losing 12-1. This seem to knock our confidence a bit in the coming weeks.
"The start of 2016 saw more indifferent form in our first five games, winning three (against Bacton, Witnesham and Leiston) and losing against East Bergholt and Brantham. We were far behind leaders East Bergholt in the league but had played a lot less games and we knew if we could put a run together and win our remaining games, we would still win the league.
"March was the key month, with it looking like a three team race for the league, Bergholt sitting on top but had played more games, Brantham in second with games in hand on Bergholt and then us sat down in fifth. We knew we needed at least a point, probably three out of our next two games against Brantham, both away from home, the first game saw us buckle under the pressure and we slipped to a 4-1 defeat, with Sophie Crane getting our goal.
"For the following game on 27th March, the pressure was really on us, lose this one and Brantham would take control in the league, but avoid defeat and we would have a good chance of taking the trophy. In a scrappy game with more tension on the sidelines than on the pitch, we switched Emma Boreham from defence to attack and she put herself about, causing panic in Brantham's defence. The game saw two own goals and we came away with a 1-1 draw - it was still down to us to win the league.
"We went on to win the remaining seven league games to claim the league on the last day by two points away to Ipswich Phoenix.
"One notable match [during the season] was playing at Leiston Town's ground under their floodlights against Leiston St Margarets, which probably saw our best performance of the season, winning 8-0."
Jade Horne finished as leading goalscorer with 26 goals in 22 games whilst Elysia Young was named as Player of the Match twelve times. Jaleh Shoghi also had a good season in goal, saving the team on many occasions.
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