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Cambridge power to trophy treble
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 27 May 2017
 
 
English County and other Leagues News - Cambridge power to trophy treble - 27 May 2017 - Women's Football News
 
Cambridge Utd Res manager Kevin Hoover has paid tribute to his squad after winning a total of three trophies this season, including the S-Tech Cambridgeshire Women's League Premiership title.
 
The U's finished top of the table by a margin of four points and Kevin told Women's Soccer Scene: "Our season started with a large number of last season's squad departing for pastures new, so what we achieved this season was done with a new, young and very talented group of players mixed with the experienced ones which remained with the club.
 
"Our first game was a huge disappointment for us, losing 2-1 to St Ives, this however proved the catalyst to go the rest of the season undefeated with just one game to go.
 
"Winning the treble was our target pre season but to actually achieve it wasn't easy. The Cambs County League has some very talented players and teams in it but with our mix of youth and experience we felt we had a great chance of doing something special.
 
"In the League Cup we faced Cambridge University in the quarter final and won 1-0 in a game that could've gone either way. We had a few players missing but our strength in depth showed and we won the game with a great goal from Lucy Gateson coupled with outstanding goalkeeping from Sarah Carroll. The semi final was against St Ives, where we gained revenge for our opening day defeat, then in the Final we overcome a very talented Netherton United side 3-0.
 
"It was Cambridge University again who stood before us when we clinched the League. This time, with a strong squad, we won 3-0. There were big games leading up to that though and an early win over Newmarket was a narrow one where again we were thankful to Lucy Gateson for two great strikes in a 2-1 win. The away fixtures at Netherton and again Newmarket were both tight games against strong opposition but on both occasions we ran out winners with a scoreline that flattered us. In the end, though, we won it with two games to go.
 
"The Junior Invitation Cup was our most routine win, overcoming Cambridge City Development 6-0 in the final with a solid, professional display with both our strikers bagging a brace each.
 
"Captained by one our experienced players in Emily Ingle and built on a solid foundation of only conceding nine goals all season and benefiting from 35 goals shared between our two strikers Lauren Gibson and Ebony Rule, everyone should feel rightly proud of what they have achieved."
 
Under the management of former first team manager Kevin Hoover and assisted by Craig Northfield, this season has been a huge success not only with the trophies won but also providing a pathway to first team football for the club's younger players wanting to progress. "Over half a dozen players from the squad have been called up and this can only bode well for ours and their futures," added Kevin.
 
Next season, they will be plying their trade at a higher level with new management in place. Kevin is standing down from all management duties after 12 years service to the club to move 'upstairs' and help drive the club forward as part of its ambitious committee. A new manager will be in place before pre-season.
 
Trials dates have been set already if anyone is interested in joining the U's next season. Simply find them on Facebook or see @CambridgeUtdWFC on Twitter for more details.
 

 
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