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This adds to their Premier Division title success and winning the Devon FA Supplementary Women's Cup.
After a good pre-season, Bideford started with a tremendous 6-0 victory against Buckland Athletic Res in their very first game of the season. During September, only one other game was played which was a League Cup game against a lower league opposition that resulted in a 12-1 victory. Only one further game was played in October and it was another League Cup victory, this time 7-0 against another team from the lower league. November was further league and cup action...a quarter final cup victory and two victories against league opposition.
In December, the ladies tasted their only defeat of the campaign, a heavy 11-1 defeat away to Plymouth Argyle Reserves! "That defeat was to mark the turning point in the season," manager Roger Bonaparte told Women's Soccer Scene. "The ladies became more resilient and determined to improve. Further league victories followed and there was great anxiety when the ladies faced their greatest challenge and best performance to date, the return home fixture against a strong Plymouth Argyle Reserves. This was the biggest game in the league that weekend and Plymouth knew that victory in this game in February would all but declare them league champions."
Argyle Reserves had scored an impressive 113 before this game and it was against all odds, that Bideford not only won the return fixture but also kept a clean sheet, winning 2-0. There was elation at the final whistle and utter rejection and disbelief by the Argyle players as they knew they blew it and Bideford Ladies had produced a defensive masterclass.
In March the ladies played and won their first trophy in their short history since they were formed in 2001, the Devon Supplementary Cup. With their final two league games against lower league opposition, they clinched the league title in April to secure their second trophy.
"As manager, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a fantastic group of players," added Roger Bonaparte. "I am also very fortunate to have as my assistant Jorgi Usher as my goalkeeping coach. He has done a fantastic job with our goalkeepers.
"The season focused on player development. We worked on technique and skill development. We ensured there was a safe environment for all payers to feel at ease to express themselves. As a result the players developed a sense of togetherness and used the hashtag "togetherwearestronger".
"With a large squad of players, we were able to strategically select the team based on the opposition. All players as a result felt valued and felt they were able to contribute to the success. They played with a smile on their faces. We also had, for the first time, a couple of players with a high number of goals. Beth Ellis led the way with 17 goals, followed by Beau Dennis with 16.
"Alexa Barlow, our newly appointed club secretary, played a very important role behind the scenes and also made a couple of appearances on the pitch! No player can be singled out for the success as they all brought something different which the team completed."
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