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They are part of Budleigh Salterton AFC, which is rooted in the heart of the local community. For over one hundred years, the club has given young men, women and children support and direction, and we aim to teach them to play and work as a team along with keeping fit.
The Ladies have worked incredibly hard this year to win a very competitive league, and that hard work is testament to the their commitment, desire and team spirit. Winning the Division One title is the culmination of a journey that started last season when they finished in second place in the league, so the aim for the 2018-19 season was to go one better and win the league.
Budleigh Salterton are managed by Dan Carthew, with Richard Stanway as his assistant, and the team is captained by Sara Dunne. Amy Salter is leading scorer with 18 goals to her name.
"The season began at home in September 2018 with a 3-0 win and we continued that trend through to the final game of 2018 winning each league match; scoring 23 goals and conceding just eight," manager Dan Carthew told Women's Soccer Scene.
"The New Year began with a run of three games that were very tough; two games in quick succession (home and away) against our local derby rivals, and a tough away fixture in between. We managed to win all three, with a key victory coming at home against our local derby rivals, where we scored a 90+ minute winner to seal a 2-1 win and all the points. The desire and attitude on display from the Ladies that day was excellent and confidence was very high as we maintained our winning streak in the league.
"Our next match was away and it ended in our first league defeat of the season, losing 3-0. We were well beaten and the result was certainly disappointing but the character of the ladies shone through and we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves down and focused on our next match away to second place in the league who were a real title threat. We went into the game knowing that our opposition were themselves unbeaten since September 2018 and a loss would open up the title race. We soaked up the pressure and came away with a 1-0 win in what was a fantastic match to watch - a real advert for the grass roots women's game. The result put some distance between us and our title rivals meaning that six points from our remaining four games would see us crowned Champions.
"The next match saw the Robinettes win at home, however results elsewhere had also gone our way meaning that we only needed one more point or for second place to drop points and we would secure the league title. We travelled to our next match, which was away, with this in mind. Unfortunately we suffered our second defeat of the season losing 4-3 in a closely contested game, however our title rivals also dropped points so despite our loss, we were crowned Champions with two games to spare.
"The club is incredibly proud of the Ladies and are so pleased that we have managed to establish the team in the heart of the community as a focal point for girls and women alike who want to get into football. We are really looking forward to next season and the new challenges that promotion will bring, but in the meantime we are looking forward to presentation night and the FIFA Women's World Cup...come on you Lionesses!!!
"The Ladies would also like to say a special THANK YOU to the following people, their support this season on/off the pitch and behind the scenes has been amazing, we wouldn't have been able to do it without you!" Bernice & Paul Worsley, Nick Long, Ash Herron, Andy Case, Alan Jones, Conrad Thomas, Mandy Butcher, Lee Everest, Steve Pike, Rose, Keith Wood, Paul Ford and Peter Savage.
Squad: Amy Salter, Bec Long, Ebony Lacey, Erica Guppy, Freyja Wilkinson, Hayley Worsley, Jasmine Case, Jen Cordwell, Julie Soper, Kate Palmer, Kath Binmore (GK), Kat Parsley, Katie Worsley, Katy Harkness, Louise Russell, Lucy Burch, Lucy Piper, Maddie Walsh (GK), Michelle Soper, Rachael Dunn, Sara Dunne.
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