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Memorable season for Stourbridge
Stourbridge have enjoyed a very impressive season which has just finished with 35 matches played, 32 of which ended in wins.
This has led them to the West Midlands League Premier Division title, won at the first time of asking after upward movement from tier 6 last summer, a Premier Division Cup success, the semi finals of the Birmingham County Cup and the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Third Round.
Stourbridge scored 191 times in all competitions, 123 of which were in the league, and conceded only 24 times (10 of the goals conceded were against teams from higher divisions).
For all of their success in the league, they hit the headlines with the FA Cup run which saw them win 3-
The run came to an end with a 3-
In the league, a 1-
Other memorable games included a 10-
The title was clinched with a 6-
“The best performances was undoubtedly Derby, where we were very disciplined and organised in a way that we perhaps don't usually need to be,” says Richard Clark, “and also the home game against Lichfield which was expected to be very tight but we just blew them away. Pretty much a perfect performance.
“In our last six League matches we've had to play the other five from the top half of the table, which looked like quite an ominous task. We won all six of those with a 28-
The team is managed by Andy Fisher and Courteney Murphy is captain, although she has missed a lot of the season through very unfortunate injuries. Leading scorers are Alex Nicklin and Cheryl Edwards with 23 each, whilst every player in the squad has scored at least once, except for two central defenders. The goal tally included ten hat tricks, scored by eight different players.
“[It’s] very difficult to pick out individual stars, it has been a genuine squad effort,” added Clark. “As an illustration of that, our Supporters Player of the Year vote has seen 13 different players receive votes. The depth of the squad has been the key given that -
“Now we are very much looking forward to National League football. The Midlands Division at Tier 4 looks strong, but we aim to do well!”
Stourbridge squad: Carly Aldred, Keren Allen, Jessica Bate, Lili Beth Bown, Louisa Butcher, Conie Dutton, Cheryl Edwards, Hannah Fishwick, Megan Hadley, Sophie Heaselgrave, Amber Lawrence, Ellie McGovern, Ruby Meeson, Esme Moran, Courteney Murphy, Niamh Murphy, Alex Nicklin, Amie Preston, Millie Rogers, Keira-