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The team formerly known as Penwortham Girls FC joined up with Sir Tom Finney FC last summer and, as Lancashire County Women's League Champions, it was their first time in the North West League following promotion.
"The key signings of Amy Weaver, Keira Davis, Laura Went and, briefly, Gemma Watson meant the ladies could continue their form throughout the season," manager Ryan Penzer told Women's Soccer Scene. "All of the games turned out to be important ones with big wins against teams that had been in the league for a few seasons.
"Crucial to winning the league was how we could react to defeats. The most impressive was the 3-0 victory against then unbeaten Bury Girls & Ladies FC after defeat to title rivals Penrith the week before and after being humbled by Bury at their place, we dug deep to bounce back the following week at home to Carlisle. This showed the togetherness of the team."
Sir Tom Finney were locked in a three-way title battle between themselves, Bury Girls & Ladies and Penrith AFC who looked to be in the driving seat at one stage but defeat in their last game to Carlisle Utd confirmed the Preston-based side as Champions. This was despite their squad being greatly affected by matters off the pitch, as Ryan Penzer explains:
"Three key players - Louisa Taylor, top goal scorer Nicki Wilcox and Gemma Watson - all announced they were due to have babies throughout the season, which meant the squad had to stick together, play in different positions and fight for the title which they did exceptionally," he said.
"The girls now look forward to hopefully more success in the Premier Division next season. The team would like to thank Sir Tom Finney as a whole for giving us the platform to strive onto more success."
Ryan Penzer is assisted by Danny Booth and the team is captained by Amy Foxcroft with Hannah Taylor as vice captain. Despite her season having been brought to a sudden end, Nicki Wilcox is top scorer with 24 goals.
On the back of Penwortham Girls joining the club as its first team, Sir Tom Finney also set up a Ladies Development Team, using a Grow the Game Grant. They play in the Lancashire County Women's League Division Two and are also on the verge of winning this league with two games to go. After a victory over rivals Wigan Athletic Res on Sunday, they four points from their final two games to make sure of winning the title.
Sir Tom Finney FC has 17 teams in total including the two Ladies teams, starting from U7 to U16 and a male adult first team. They are based at University of Central Lancashire Sports Arena and the whole club is sponsored by Bower BMW (Preston).
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