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Melksham exceed expectations
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 6 Jun 2019
English County and other Leagues News - Melksham exceed expectations - 6 Jun 2019 - Women's Football News
This has been an excellent season for Melksham Town, culminating in a league title win by at least four points over their nearest rivals, with one game still to play between the second and third placed teams.
"We started the season uncertain of how we would perform against our strongest competitors in the league, as we had a few established players head for pastures new in the summer and brought in a significant influx of new players from our U17 squad," manager John Mackelden told Women's Soccer Scene.
"A pre-season friendly against Swindon Spitfires in the league above us boded well, however, as we narrowly lost 2-1 and competed well.
"After a hesitant start where, despite numerous chances, we scraped past Trowbridge Wanderers with two late goals, we hit our stride, winning the five games after that including good wins over two strong teams, Marlborough Ladies and Swindon Supermarine. Salisbury wouldn't let us have it all our own way, however, and a visit to the Salisbury City ground (the Raymond McEnhill Stadium) resulted in our only league defeat of the season, where we went down 5-3 to a Salisbury team relishing the chance to play in the city's main stadium.
"Salisbury were to prove to be our closest competitors over the season as a whole; the return match at our INFiLED Stadium, part of the Oakfields complex at Melksham, was probably our game of the season. Another physical and competitive game, we were 4-2 down at 90 minutes but managed to equalise with an excellent finish from Shannon Redhouse and a cracking penalty from captain Hannah Sheppard before the final whistle.
"Salisbury's consistency against other teams in the league ultimately cost them; we ended the season winning 12, drawing one and losing only one game. Over a league season of fourteen games, we scored 70 times and ended up with a goal difference of +49, a great reflection of our attacking football."
Leading goalscorer for the team was captain Hannah 'Shep' Sheppard with 24, but goals came from twelve other outfield players as well during the course of the season.
"Honorable mentions also need to be made to our initial vice-captain, Lauren Walker, who left for Port Talbot in mid-season and Alex Sims, voted Player's Player over this excellent campaign," added Mackelden.
"We would also like to thank our chairman, Darren Perrin, and Melksham Town Football Club for their support this season, not least the four league games we played on the main stadium pitch at home in our excellent new facility.
"Looking forward to next season, we are hoping to consolidate our position. We also also on the hunt for a keeper as, with one sustaining an injury this season and another moving on, we have a position to fill - please get in touch!"
Photo by Starsphinx Photography...where more Melksham Town photos are available

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