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SUCCESS STORY CONTINUES - WELL DONE LADIES!
Eastern Region Women's Football League - Premier Division
Cambridge City 4 : 0 Peterborough Northern Star
For City's last home league match of the season, Peterborough Northern Star were the visitors to Trinity Old Field. Having won 17 of their 18 league matches so far this season (and drawing the other one) this encounter was the first opportunity for the Lilywhites to clinch the title, fittingly on beautifully manicured home soil.
The first 15 minutes or so were pretty even, with both sides equally sharing possession in the middle of the park - though neither keepers were really tested. City gradually increased the pressure and started to take ownership of the game and twice came close before Erin Davies was first to a loose ball following a corner, to put the home side in front. They maintained this lead as they went into the break.
City needed a second goal to eradicate any lingering nerves and after 60 minutes it duly arrived when Anna Goggin arguably scored the best goal of the season. Having timed her run to perfection, she climbed high above the visitor's defence and connected beautifully to head home from an Amy Reed corner. The pace of the ball meant that the keeper had no chance.
Anna Goggin (out of picture) heads home giving the keeper no chance
With a two goal advantage, City Ladies relaxed more and started to play the high tempo, free flowing football that they have delivered so consistently all season. Bella Simmons was constantly tormenting the PNS defence with her work rate and she got her reward when she drove into the box and somehow managed to drill the ball high into the top right hand corner of the net from the most acute angle. Three nil to the hosts and with the visitors struggling to penetrate a solid home defence, City could be forgiven for letting their thoughts wander to what a victory would mean - a third league title and promotion in four years! Confirmation of City's win came when Reed turned in the six yard box and poked the ball home for the fourth and final goal.
Ever dependable defender Robyn Phillips wins this aerial battle
Yesterday's victory and its meaning, was perfect recognition for the team's commitment and focus this season. The Ladies have delivered some breathtaking performances with their style of football. They are very worthy champions and they did it with three games to spare. In addition to the league title, they are still in contention for the League Cup too, so they will now be focussing on a possible 'double'. No time to rest quite just yet.
Back where they belong!
So why is it, following their promotion, that people are saying that City Ladies are ‘back where they belong’? To explain, we need to take a brief look back in history.
In 2009, both Cambridge City and Cambridge United had adult female football teams, though they were competing in different leagues and at different levels. City were in the South East Combination League (now called the FA Women's National League, Division 1 South East). United were in the league below, now called the Eastern Region Women’s Premier League.
At that particular time, there was not the same number of ladies/girls playing football as there is today, so recruitment of players was sometimes ‘split’ between the two clubs, with both clubs often competing for the same players. After discussions, both clubs considered that a merger was the best way forward to provide Cambridge with a team capable of challenging for further honours. This resulted in a new club being formed - Cambridge Women F.C. This new club took the higher league position that City had held. Cambridge Women F.C. competed in this league for several years.
In 2015, Cambridge Women F.C. held discussions with Cambridge United F.C. who had invited them to play under the Cambridge United F.C. badge. Unfortunately, from a Cambridge City perspective, the invite was accepted and Cambridge Women F.C. changed their name to Cambridge United Women's F.C. The FA allowed this 'new club' to remain playing in the same league - the league that City had 'given' to Cambridge Women F.C. upon the merger in 2009. Cambridge United Women's F.C. have remained in this league up to the present date.
Although disappointed with the decision of Cambridge Women F.C. to change its identity, this prompted City to re-form its own Ladies team, initially entering the Cambs S-Tech Women's Premiership with their under 18's squad. The City youth policy has always been at the centre of the club's development and attracts many admirers. The club can proudly boast that the phenomenal success that the Ladies have recently enjoyed, culminating in yesterday's title and promotion (their third in four years) has been achieved, in part, through the development and introduction of their talented youngsters into senior football. These young players have contributed enormously in helping the Ladies gain promotion to the next level. And the league level that the City Ladies have just been promoted into? Yes, that's right, the FA Women's National League, Division 1 South East - the very same league that City brought to the table in 2009 when they merged with United. So that is why people are saying that City Ladies are rightly 'back where they belong'
Cambridge City 13 : 0 Cambourne United (League Cup Semi-Final)
City scorers: Issy Bryant x 5, Freya Standing x 4, Amie Fullwood x 3, Freya Goddard
March Academy 0 : 2 Cambridge City
City scorers: Maddie McInnes, plus an own goal by March
Cambridge City 5 : 0 March Park Rangers
Histon Hornets 1 : 5 Cambridge City
City scorers: Jada Flatts x 3, Isabella Axelsson x 2
Cambridge City 1 : 2 Coton
Cambridge City v Saffron Walden
Another fantastic performance from the youngsters. An ideal way to round off their league season.
Some Cup Final dates for your diary. Once again, City are hugely represented. The first final is this coming Friday, when City under 14As take on Isleham United. They would really appreciate your support;
Under 11s (7 v 7) ICA Sports v Cambridge City
Sat 11th May 1:15pm Kick off at Newmarket Town FC
Under 12s (9 v 9) Cambridge City v Coton
Sat 11th May 11:45am Kick off at Newmarket Town FC
Under 13s (9 v 9) Netherton v ICA Sports
Sat 11th May 10am Kick off at Newmarket Town FC
Under 14s (11 v 11) Cambridge City v Isleham United
Fri 5th April 7:30pm Kick off at Soham Town Rangers FC
Under 15s (11 v 11) Cambridge City v ICA Sports
Thurs 25th April 7:30pm Kick off at St Ives Town FC
Under 16s (11 v 11) Cambridge City v Glinton & Northborough
Fri 10th May 7:45pm Kick off at Newmarket Town FC
Under 18s (11 v 11) To be confirmed
Results and Fixtures
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