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Top spot for Oasis
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 28 Apr 2018
English County and other Leagues News - Top spot for Oasis - 28 Apr 2018 - Women's Football News
Oasis Ladies Community Reds this week won the South East Counties Women's League Kent Division Two title, becoming the first team from the Isle of Sheppey to do so.
Looking back over the season, club secretary Daniel Rooney told Women's Soccer Scene: "We started Oasis Ladies with the vision of increasing female participation within ladies football, with the goal of changing the negative perception within the community surrounding women's football and trying to give women the equal opportunity as males to participate locally.
"Going into our first season, we started getting more and more players coming along and getting involved. Before the season kicked off our captain got a diagnosis of a full ACL rupture but with her passion and love for the game, took the decision to play until a week before her ACL reconstruction towards the end of the season.
"The season started with a 2-2 draw to Diamond United, where the team went 1-0 down to a penalty but came back fighting after half time, scoring a goal from kick off and another in quick concession. The team held on until the dying minutes before Diamond broke through and scored the equaliser. A few games in, Oasis Ladies came up against last year's champions University of Kent. Setting up structurally defensive worked for Oasis who managed to hold off Uni with the captain Bobbie Sedge making some challenges and we managed to ground out a 2-1 victory with top goalscorer Louise Kemp providing both goals. We carried on into Larkfield, winning 3-0, where Marzena made her debut performing outstandingly on the wing providing depth in the attacks. Missing our goalkeeper, Sheena Sedge stepped in and performed outstandingly, keeping a clean sheet.
"The next league game was against University of Kent. The team went into the game confident and equalised after going behind early on but with the players beginning to look tired and having an off week, Uni managed a further two and won 3-1, our first league defeat.
"With the captain's operation date looming and further postponements, Oasis Ladies then faced Ashford Angels and the captain was facing her last game. The players turned up on the morning of the game to clear snow off the pitch, knowing all the postponements had already meant she would miss the last couple of league games.
"We then went on to play Swale, winning 5-0 with substitute Kayleigh coming on with all the effort and work she has put in this season paying off and she managed to score her first goal with the whole team celebrating, Charley Morrow dedicating her goal to her mother who sadly passed away early on in the season.
"We then reached the final game to decide who was going to take the title. Diamond v Oasis, 1st v 2nd. Oasis started well early on, dominating possession quick passing and found a breakthrough from a Lauren Baker corner and top goalscorer Lou Kemp finishing with a header. After Diamond equalised, Charley Morrow then scored a cracker of a free kick from 40 yards, then she scored another for us to be sitting comfortably at 3-1. We saw out the game, winning the title after it almost fell from the grasp after a few slip ups. None of this would have been possible without the people working hard behind the scenes.
"Carl Errington, our manager and coach, worked tirelessly all season to help and support every player. Without his efforts none of this would have been possible. His hard work and determination he has got us through to eventually becoming Champions. Captain and coach Bobbie Sedge battled right up until her operation date with a full thickness tear of her ACL, bravely playing week in week out putting in 100% effort each week, battling through the pain because she didn't want to let her team down.
"Louise Kemp is our top goalscorer, finishing the season with 18 goals - her head is now a little bit bigger! Charley Morrow won most player of the match's with five outstanding performances, clinching a few goals along the way. Vice captain Gemma Norton took the armband for the final few games and did a brilliant job finishing the season as captain. Her brilliant efforts and outstanding saves during the season are what made it possible to take the title."
Manager Carl Erringtom added: "Daniel Rooney, secretary and goalkeeper coach, worked hard all season to get pitches and referees and ensured all paperwork had been completed, working tirelessly in setting up the club. His first season as a goalkeeper coach has really showcased his talents and he's helped the goalkeepers make improvements week in week out and we want to say ‘we love you Rooney, thank you for making it possible to win the league. A special thanks also to John Dalton for running the line each week."

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