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A nicely balanced squad of players, from the junior players with more than enough playing experience to the more senior members of the squad, they have shown great maturity as a team to finish the season as League Champions at the first attempt.
On Sunday, they completed the League and Cup double when winning the Women's Challenge Cup Final at Gateshead International Stadium with a 6-1 victory over Newbiggin Hall. Alnwick had warmed up for the game with a friendly against a visiting American side from St. Marys University, Minnesota.
Manager Peter Hateley and coach Paul Grisdale could not be more proud of the way the squad has gone about its football this season. Team captain Georgia Thompson is the figurehead of the side but she is ably supported by other members of the squad, who share the responsibility of delivering the club's vision on the pitch.
"From the early parts of pre-season, the vision has been to be professional in our approach to the football we play, working to deliver a style of play that we hope will attract spectators and new players to the Women's game," Paul Grisdale told Women's Soccer Scene. "We have received numerous comments about our style of play and hope to continue on the same path of instilling a passing game into the players.
"Our top goalscorer so far this season, Jade Barrett, is the lucky benefactor of this approach. A first class finisher, she is the end result of the team's hard work and unselfish approach which is the ethos we are trying to foster around the squad.
"We have had many great games this season, including our run to the First Round proper of the SSE Women's FA Cup where we lost out to Burnley Ladies FC.
"As a coach, I would point to this particular match and our recent defeat to Wallsend Ladies in the league as our most important matches this season, we learnt a lot about ourselves and our players from these games and were again impressed by the reaction of the squad, getting back to doing the basics well and looking ahead to the next match.
"We are already planning our pre-season ahead of our move up to the North East Regional League where we will continue to play our way."
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