City ladies' season has silver lining for many
A fine season was celebrated at the end-of-season presentation for Chichester City ladies and girls.
The evening was an opportunity to reflect on another fantastic year for the City’s female section and the club’s plethora of achievements.
The club have seen fantastic success, with each team progressing in its relative achievements.
Chairman Matt Wright said: “Our club is growing in both size and quality at a phenomenal rate. This year we have seen more females than ever represent our teams.
“The quality and volume of females we have is a clear reflection on the outstanding level of coaching we have at the club.”
Each team had their own relative success but the stan= out achievements were with the under-15s and the ladies first team.
The U15s finished the season with the league title and cup runners-up medals. Many of these players will turn 16 next year and be available for senior squad selection.
The ladies’ first team broke many club records, including the club’s highest league finish – they were runners-up in the second tier of the female winter football pyramid.
First-team manager Liam Greenfield was quick to acknowledge the success of his side that narrowly missed out on the title to Swindon.
“Finishing second in the league this season is a fantastic achievement – in any of the previous four seasons our points total would have won the league by some distance,” he said.
The senior side held the best defensive record in the entire Women’s Premier League having kept 15 clean sheets in the season.
Club captain Jenna Fowlie said: “I’m so proud of everything we have achieved this season, not just us players but the coaches, backroom staff and fans.”
The first team boasted record gates this season with regular turn outs of more than 100 supporters.
Award winners: Under 11s - Most Improved Tatum Anwyl, Players Player Izzy Walford & Managers Improved Emily Butcher; Under 13s - Most Improved Bea Daley, Players Player Lauren Collins & Managers Player Sophia Wickenden; U15s- Most Improved Lucy Dowdell, Player Player Loulou Robson & Managers Player Alice Walford; Joe Sharpe Young Player of the Year Award - Abigail Field; Outstanding Contribution to Youth Football - Joely Irish; Development Squad- Most Improved Poppy Shine, Players Player Skye Gould & Managers Player Jodie Prince; First Team- Most Improved Shannon Albuery, Players’ Player Laura Ingram & Managers Players Lucie Challen; Most Women of the Match Awards- Amy Found. Outstanding Contribution - Alan Price; Clubman of the year – The Dowdells.
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