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Parkwood Rangers have won the South East Counties League Premier Division title for the second season in a row, and they are hoping that the silverware for this season does not stop there.
"We entered the season as reigning champions, as we decided to decline promotion due to a combination of factors beyond our control," assistant manager Andrew Morton told Women's Soccer Scene. "Our league campaign had been consistent, with 5 wins and one defeat in our first six matches, and the same stats in the middle six and final six resulted in 15 victories and three defeats in our campaign which saw our attackers score 65 goals and our defence conceding 15 over the 18 games.
"As the season progressed, the leadership chopped and changed between Bexhill United and us depending who had a game cast, then in February with two points separating the two teams, we met each other in the league with both knowing that a victory puts them in the ascendancy seat for the league title. With the game poised 3-2 in our favour with five minutes go, Bexhill scored two late goals making it 4-3 to them.
"This result effectively put the league title out of our hands, the key for us was how we responded to that defeat. We put the game behind us and went on and won our next four games included a good performance and 4-0 victory at Abbey Rangers (the match directly after the Bexhill defeat), to put the pressure on Bexhill, then following the Meridian match, news had filtered through that we had gone top of the league with one game to go due to Bexhill losing to Eastbourne in the south coast derby. We knew for us to win the league title for a second time we had to beat Ashford (a feat easier said than done).
"The game started well and we took the lead only to give a penalty away to make it level at 1-1. We then stepped up another gear and took the ascendancy with two quick goals before half time, we scored another three goals in the second half to make it 6-1 and become the first team since Gillingham in 2001 to win back-to-back SECWFL Premier Division Championships.
"Our cup campaign started with a day out in Herne Bay in the SSE Women's FA Cup and this was an evenly matched contest that had to be decided by a penalty shootout which the Bay won on the day. We decided to enter the Capital Cup and drew QPR Development at home. This coincided with completion of grounds improvements and captured local interest that resulted in 100 people attending the match, we lost 2 -1 on the day but we gave a good account of ourselves, missing a penalty and having a goal disallowed.
"In the League Cup, we have reached the Final on 23rd April, we had a tough route to the final, We started with a game against Thanet Colts, which we one through and set up a second round tie with Bexhill United which ended 1-1 and we won through 3-2 on a penalty shootout. Next up were Eastbourne Ladies who were beaten 5-0 in the quarter finals to set up a semi final clash with our next door neighbours Kent Football United who at the time, had been on a 21-game unbeaten run and were top of the SECWFL Division One East. We won this contest 2-0 to reach the final against SECWFL Division Champions Worthing Ladies."
Parkwood are managed by Harvey Goodhew with Andrew Morton as his assistant, this is their fifteenth year working together. Charlie Myhill is leading scorer with 21 while Jade Whiteman, Emily Vaughan, Corrie Goodhew and Rachel Mugami are regulars on the scoresheet. The defence has conceded just 14 goals in 21 games; they are Kimberley Green, Erin Longworth, Nicola Wilson, Natalie Parr, Skye McNally, Jade Goodall, Alanna Royston and goalkeeper Kelly Amer.
Parkwood are currently looking to recruit players for the new season in the L&SERWFL. If anyone would like to join the club, they can contact them via their website, Twitter or Facebook pages.
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