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"The season had started with the frustration of a curtailed campaign last year, despite being top going into lockdown, the second placed team had beaten us but had a number of tricky games left themselves," manager Carl Walsh explained to Women's Soccer Scene.
"However, the team have stayed focused throughout this season with the main aim of winning the league, completed after a 3-2 victory over Cramlington Town.
"What the team have had to learn to do over the second part of the season is win in different styles. We are a team who like to play football through the thirds and utilise the width, but we have found ourselves up against teams who not only park a bus but who have planes, trains and automobiles parked to try stop us getting through.
"Some key matches have been the Cramlington games where we have beaten them in two different cup competitions and twice in the league. Recently, a home 1-0 win was a key result with Hannah Gosnold getting the only goal of the game despite the huge possession percentage we had.
"Rachael Hepple has been instrumental in popping up with key goals, utilising her pace and ability to get in behind defences from the wide left has been a pleasure to watch as she battles with the two strikers Chloe and Abbie for top scorer. Captain of the team, Catherine Shields has been solid in midfield with her team mate Julia Morris, both easily could be playing higher.
"We managed to get a real test in the County Cup final against National League team and eventual winners Newcastle United where, despite the 5-0 defeat, we took a lot of credit playing a team from three leagues above with Michaella Sewell and Emily Stevenson really shining in that game. Being able to bring in one recognised centre back Emma Parker to play with our converted centre back Sam Deverdics has been key to helping goalkeeper Holly Jenkins keep so many clean sheets and only conceding nine goals as a team scoring 122 goals in league and cup."
Manager Carl Walsh is assisted by Rebecca George and Andrew Probert, with Catherine Shields as captain. Leading goalscorer is Rachael Hepple with 20 goals to her name, whilst Abbie Bolam and Chloe Roylance have contributed 19 and 17 apiece.
Photo by Rebecca George Photography
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