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'A Steep Learning Curve'

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12:12 9th May 2013

Rimmer on women's season

Wolves Women rounded off their season on Tuesday evening - finishing what has been their first campaign back in the Northern Premier Division with a victory.

With survival already assured, Hannah Williams' late winner ensured that Wolves picked up a 3-2 win over Derby - a fifth league victory of a pleasing season.

Right-back Leanne Rimmer has been a virtual ever-present this season, and believes that the campaign is one that she and her team-mates can look on with pride.

"It's been a steep learning curve," she admits. "After doing the double and winning promotion last year, we found the step up hard. We had gone from winning almost every week to coming up against teams that were more organised, fitter and more confident than those we faced last season.

"But overall, I think we have coped quite well with the step up. At the beginning of the season we said that the goal was to establish ourselves in the league and survive.

"We have reached that target, and so have met the expectation that we had for ourselves. Looking back we can see where we should have picked up more points, but we have learnt valuable lessons and have got some good experience of the league."

Wolves began the season with four consecutive defeats, but battled back, proving they were able to compete with some of the illustrious names at this level. 

Although admitting that Wolves have lacked consistency at times, Rimmer believes that the mental strength and togetherness of the squad enabled them to beat the drop.

"We had a shaky start, then were finally finding our feet and gaining momentum when the bad weather stopped several of our fixtures taking place over Christmas.

"We were patchy again restarting after that, but we persevered and started to find form again. I think confidence has played a big part in our performances, but our determination and team spirit have carried us through and kept us safe from relegation."

The women's game is in the middle of a restructuring process which will see a second tier added to the WSL (Women's Super League) from next year.

This will in turn affect teams at Wolves' level, but Rimmer believes that the club is in a good position to both cope with the changes, and become a force in the women's game.

"We are now at the highest level we can get to without applying for the WSL," she explains. "Some strong teams who missed out on WSL inclusion will be joining our league, so this will bring a fresh challenge, but it's exciting.

"It's very early days in terms of who the squad will consist of next year but we have such a fantastic team, I hope we can keep as much of the squad together as possible.

"New players are always good in terms of mixing things up though, so it'll be interesting to see what pre-season brings. We have a lot of young players in our reserve and under 18 squads, so if we can bring them through the system that also brings more promise and strength to the squad."

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