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Dorchester Town captain Becky Narramore has spoken of her pride at the team winning the Dorset County Women's League title.
After narrowly missing out to Portland United a year ago, Dorchester came roaring back this time around to pick up their fourth crown in five seasons.
"We had a really strong season this season, only losing one game in 18 and having a goal difference of 157," Becky told Women's Soccer Scene. "We knew there were going to be some tough games this year with new teams joining the league and existing teams improving over the summer.
"We started really well and got some great results early on, one of which was our highest win of the season - 27-0! Blandford and FC Merley were strong opponents, along with Bere Regis who had beaten two of the toughest teams in the league (Wimborne and Portland), but we had recruited well and still achieved fantastic results against them all. This made us very confident going into the final games and we secured the league victory with a 5-0 win over last season's winners, Portland with two games still to go.
"We were unfortunate not to finish the season unbeaten as we lost out on our last game against Wimborne. It was probably our best team performance but we did not convert any of our numerous chances. An own goal and another error by us meant we lost 2-0 but we are all so proud of our success this year as we did not expect to do so well in a much tougher league.
"We also made it to the County Cup Final, for the second year in a row, and we faced Poole Town first team. We lost 6-0 to Poole in the 2015 final and we worked hard in training to make sure we gave them a harder game this time. Poole play in a higher league so we knew it was always going to be difficult. The final score was 3-1 to Poole but we showed how much we had improved since last year and we have received many comments about how good a game it was to watch so we are really pleased with that.
Dorchester's manager is Darrin Chutter, who has been involved with the club for five years and managed us for the last four. As well as the captain, Becky is also leading goalscorer with a whopping 88 goals in the league and a further nine in the cup.
"We have numerous players who play important roles in the club," she added. "Goalkeeper, Cherys Stimpson-Peay, was originally a defender but four years ago we did not have a set goalkeeper and she offered to help out by playing the position for a season. She has now been in goal ever since and is one of the main reasons why our defensive record is so good. We would not be league title winners without her and her selflessness is very much appreciated by us all.
"Halfway through the season, we signed some very talented new players - Annie Redding, Elle Saunders, Elinor Mason and Emma Samways. They all strengthened the squad in many different ways and, although they only played a third of the games, they scored nearly 30 goals between them.
"Stacey Notley has been with the club for 12 years and is always one of our most solid defenders. She has now retired as she has a young son and wants to spend more time with her lovely family. We are really sorry to see her leave as she has been an integral part of the club, both on and off the pitch, but we are thankful for all the years hard work she has given to us.
" We have a number of younger players, some of which have joined us from our youth team, and they have shown that they are more than capable playing in a ladies league. Aislin Fields, Ezme Selby, Emma Potter and Ashleigh Taylor all have great footballing futures ahead of them!
"One of the reasons why we have done so well in recent years is because the core of the team rarely changes. The majority of the team have played for the club for many years and we have all become great friends. The commitment shown by these girls is amazing and the work rate on the pitch to help each other out is no doubt one of the main reasons why we are successful.
"We are not the best individual footballers, the abilities within the squad are very varied, but we make a great team. Clare Bagwell is our longest serving player as she has been with the club for 20 years. Myself, Stacey Notley, Emma Rowlands and Becky Harris have all played for over ten years and Kayleigh Barguss, Kerry Bartlett, Terri Stimpson-Peay, Beth Scott, Cherys Stimpson-Peay, Becky Vincent, Stacey Parsons, Jodie Lees and Nicola Whitehead have all been here between three and five years."
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