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Helston's great first season
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 15 May 2021
English County and other Leagues News - Helston's great first season - 15 May 2021 - Women's Football News
Helston AFC Women have had a magnificent first season of existence and this was crowned on Sunday when they clinched the West Division title in the Earthbound Electrical Cornwall Women's League, with two matches to spare.
The team was formed as Helston Women in January 2020 and their first competitive match took place on September 13th last year, when they took on Saltash United in the Vitality Women's FA Cup.
The following week, they played Illogan Ladies in their first ever league match but it was the FA Cup which saw most of their action in the opening weeks of the season as they embarked on a run which brought them national attention.
After winning a thrilling tie 5-4 against Saltash, Helston travelled to play Marine Academy Plymouth in the next round. Despite their opponents playing two levels above them, and sitting on top of the South West Women's League at the time, Helston produced a stunning 5-3 victory which took them into the Second Round Qualifying at the first attempt.
Helston came up against Southampton FC Women of the National League and although the Saints proved too strong on the day, perhaps the biggest testimony to Helston's season is that their only defeat to date in seventeen matches was against a team which has got as far as the last sixteen.
Helston duly turned their attention to the league and, either side of the lockdown, won every match they played from that point. The title was sewn up in style with a 4-0 victory over second placed Penryn.
The team is managed by Paul Parfitt, with Martyn Pennington as coach. Sasha Sparkes is captain and also leading goalscorer, with 36 goals to her name in all competitions. Strike partner Katy Barker-Thomas has weighed in with a further 24 goals, whilst midfielder Abi Locke has found the net 12 times.
Other key players in the team are central defensive duo Ellie Brewer and Georgie Sweet, as is Georgia Lane who parners Abi Locke in midfield.
Manager Paul Parfitt told Women's Soccer Scene: "Off the pitch, the support of club Chairman Paul Hendy and the efforts of my coach Martyn Pennington have been appreciated.
"As part of our aspirations for next year, we have recruited some more players and will be holding open trials in June. We have applied for promotion to the SWRWFL and will add a Development Team to the club, which will play in the Cornwall Women's League. I have recruited experienced manager Kev James to oversee this new team."

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