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The team, based in Yeovil in Somerset, are part of Pen Mill FC which was founded in 1986 and in 2008 the ladies section of the club was created, which has continue to grow and go from strength to strength.
This season, the first team won the Somerset County Women's League for the first time in the club's history with a seven point margin over second placed Weston-super-Mare. They followed this up by landing their first County Cup, the Somerset County Junior Women's Cup with a 2-1 victory in the Final over Bishop's Lydeard - who play two levels higher - and will be up against Weston in the League Cup Final next week.
"We have gone the entire league campaign unbeaten, winning sixteen and drawing the other two," captain Cath Pinkawa told Women's Soccer Scene. "Standout performances include a 7-1 away win to third placed Ash Rangers, a 5-0 away win against Berrow to secure the league with one game remaining and taking all three points in a top of the table clash with Weston-super-Mare."
Pen Mill ended the season scoring 49 times and conceding just fifteen, with standout performances from striker and leading goalscorer Megan Gratton who has scored 14 goals in the league this season whilst former Welsh international goalkeeper Lauren Wells has helped keep things tight at the other end.
"Without the hard work of our coaches, secretary and volunteers off the pitch, then we wouldn't be in this fantastic position," added Cath Pinkawa.
"'I couldn't be prouder of my team this season. Every player has shown such commitment, dedication and a positive attitude and thoroughly deserve our success. We've played great pass and move attacking football whilst having a solid back four working together. We can't wait for next season."
Manager Neil Hayward added: "I'm delighted with our league title and our unbeaten campaign."
Pen Mill added a reserve team at the start of the 2016-17 season to supplement their first team and to ensure more grassroots football was available to to female footballers in the Yeovil area. In particular, Grace Channing, Ladies Secretary and centre back, works hard on and off the pitch to continue to grow the club and providing opportunities for girls and ladies of all ages to play the beautiful game. She works closely alongside Neil Hayward, first team manager, who both show great commitment, passion and dedication to developing the club.
They have also worked closely alongside the Somerset FA in gaining SSE Wildcats accreditation, which aims to provide fun football sessions for 5-11 year old girls as they aim to increase participation amongst females in the local area.
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