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Boldmere's steps to title glory
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 28 Apr 2017
English County and other Leagues News - Boldmere's steps to title glory - 28 Apr 2017 - Women's Football News
Boldmere St Michaels have won the Birmingham County Women's League title following a marvellous season in which they still sport a 100% record, with one match left to play.
The team is managed by Andy Burman with Kevin Stanbridge and Kevin Thomas as coaches, whilst Immaculate Vengesai is the team Physio. Ruth Graham captains the side, with Chantai Ahmed as vice captain, and Tiara Hemans has scored an impressive 49 goals so far this season.
In what has been a special season for the club, there have been a number of important results and performances during the campaign. "We made our debut in the SSE Women's FA Cup with a victory after extra time over a Rubery team from the league above," says secretary James Green. "Having gone 2-0 up, Rubery pegged us back to force extra-time. A spectacular winning goal from Tiara Hemans proved the winner, and completed her hat-trick in the process.
"Despite being drawn at home [in the next round], we were forced to switch our tie with Long Eaton to their ground as our new 3G pitch was not yet completed. We put up a brave fight, but the three-level gap proved too big in the end. We did leave though with a lot of compliments and several new friends."
In the league, there was a red letter day for the club when they played at home to St Johns Ladies Lions. "This was our eagerly anticipated first game on our brand new 3G surface and we took to it like a duck to water! There were eight different goalscorers on the day, including five for leading scorer Tiara Hemans. We put on food for St Johns after the game and they were hugely complimentary of us in the same way we had experienced at Long Eaton.
"The home match with Starlands St Annes was undoubtedly the biggest game of our season up until this point and had been the focus of our preparation for weeks. Our only previous meeting with Starlands had seen us go down 1-0 in the League Cup semi final the previous season, and both sides went into this game with a 100% league record. A very disciplined and patient performance saw us home and set the mood perfectly for our Christmas Party later that evening with a 3-0 win.
"Going into the game with Rugby Town in February, we had only played one game against any of the other top four sides, and every game where any of the top four had met had always gone the way of the home team. So considering we went into this game still holding our 100% record, something had to give. After a dominant first half display saw us lead 4-1 at the break, a last man tackle saw our captain Chantai Ahmed sent off. Despite this setback, a thoroughly professional second half performance never allowed Rugby to take advantage of the extra player and saw them suffer their first defeat at home in over a year.
"We produced our most professional performance of the season in what we always expected to be our toughest game of the season, the return meeting with Starlands St Annes. On the pitch our Cup run had ended last season, we were dominant from start to finish and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the end. It was certainly the best team performance of the season.
"Having beaten Gornal Ladies to win the league last season, the possibility for lightning to strike twice presented itself. However this time it was on our home ground in front of a big crowd of supporters. Despite a rocky start which saw us go behind, the girls showed their quality to turn things round and take a 4-1 lead into half time. A quiet second half followed, however a fitting end to the season saw captain Ruth Graham score the final goal direct from a free kick in injury time. Soon after came the final whistle and hours of fully deserved celebrations!"

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