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Winning run takes Amazons to title
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 21 Apr 2017
 
 
English County and other Leagues News - Winning run takes Amazons to title - 21 Apr 2017 - Women's Football News
 
A fantastic season for St Cuthbert's Amazons has ended with the side being crowned Champions of the Durham County FA Ladies Development League, their first league title.
 
After taking one point from their first two games of the season, the Amazons remained unbeaten and took a remarkable 64 points from the 66 available during the rest of the campaign, including a magnificent 17-match winning run stretching from the end of October to the season's end in April. 
 
A 6-0 victory against Washington Development kick started the season for the Amazons and they went on to win their next five games, before being held to a 2-2 draw by Consett Belles. They won the next match 5-0 against Gateshead Rutherford Ladies and this was to be the first of the winning run which culminated with a title clinching 1-0 victory against Darlington Spraire Ladies, who are virtually certain of finishing as runners-up.
 
The side scored a record breaking 150 goals during the season with three players finding the net more than 25 times. Striker Steph Lyons scored 38 times, her striking partner Sophie Hanson weighed in with 35 and midfielder Becca Hunt was on target 26 times, including scoring the goal that secured the title. At the back, the defenders and goalkeeper were in superb form, conceding only 21 goals in the 24 league games, including 12 clean sheets.
 
The game that saw the side realise that the title could be a reality was the 3-2 away win at then league leaders Darlington Spraire Ladies in January. Darlington had a 100% league record at the time but goals from Hanson, Hunt and Emily Burns saw the Amazons go top, a position they would not relinquish for the rest of the season.
 
Becoming champions was a fantastic achievement for all concerned but even more special for captain Beth Ward, goalkeeper Sarah Barrett and centre half Rachael Barrett who were all part of the side which clinched the title 12 years after they started in the side's very first game as an Under-10 side in September 2005. 
 
Club Chairperson Julie Scurfield and Amazons coaches Shaun Ward and Phil Powell could not be more proud of the side and its achievements and look forward with excitement to next season in the First Division, going there with a desire to challenge the top teams in their first season at this level. The Amazons will be embracing a Kevin Keegan quote whilst at Newcastle United that "consolidation is not a word we use in this club." 
 

 
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