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Sheppey's happy ending
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 11 May 2019
English County and other Leagues News - Sheppey's happy ending - 11 May 2019 - Women's Football News
Sheppey Angels have enjoyed an eventful first season, which ultimately turned out to be successful as they lifted the South East Counties Women's League Kent Division Two East title with an unbeaten record.
Sheppey Angels are managed by Toni Golden, with Charley Morrow as captain and Bronwyn Allen as leading goalscorer. Toni is assisted by Helen French and Lee Sage, whilst Keith Newbury undertakes the task of secretary as well as running the line.
"For me, all our games this season have been important," Toni told Women's Soccer Scene. "We have played 24 games in total since starting as Sheppey Angels including friendlies, cup and league games but we remain unbeaten this season and only drew two games. That's an amazing 22 wins for us and I couldn't be happier.
"Our most important result and best performance was our game at home against Larkfield Ladies. We had to change pitches due to the Sheppey Sunday leagues men's teams pushing us off our pitch, then were without our goalkeeper whom fractured her ribs and wrist from the game before we had no choice but to put our captain Charley Morrow in goal. But still the ladies played with great hope and spirit, our keeper Stacey Shoebridge arrived to show support to her team mates and after watching us go 2-1 down at half time, she got her kit on and jumped into goal even though she was injured. Her exact words were: I can't watch my team struggle without me and they need their captain on that pitch playing centre midfield.' This game was also important because it was the game that virtually secured our league win - with two games still left to play, we had pretty much won the league. With our keeper back in goal and our captain where we needed her, our heads went straight up and we ended up winning 7-2, by full time you can imagine the atmosphere - we were buzzing!
"Obviously I would like to mention all the ladies from the squad who have individually put everything into the games week in week out, so for me personally, they all deserve credit for their performances."
There has been mixed news for the club off the pitch during the course of the season but as Toni explains, there has been a happy ending.
"Demi French got the most amazing news at the start of the season, she found out she was expecting a baby boy and the team couldn't be happier for her. Even though Demi is pregnant, she came to every game whatever the weather and encouraged her team, and has been very much involved from start to finish.
"Aimee Sage was taken ill with an unknown condition. We would later find out she had contracted anti NMDAR encephalitis, which is an auto immune disease which attacks the brain. Aimee would have been left with life changing disabilities which range from losing normal day to day abilities like being able to walk and losing her memory.
"Since leaving hospital at the end of July, Aimee has had to struggle with getting back to normal in which she has a memory block, she doesn't remember most of what happened. She has done remarkably well and proud to say how far she has come is nothing short of a miracle. She has returned to the pitch, which is something she asked for in hospital.
"She has played parts of five matches at the beginning of the season and I've stood on the sidelines, sometimes finding it very surreal that it wasn't that long ago that she couldn't even walk. Aimee ended up finishing the season playing full matches and enjoying every single motion of it and we as her team are very proud of her and we would like to thank her for letting Sheppey Angels be a part of her recovery."

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