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Girls Secure Silverware Haul


11:56 23rd May 2013

Success for female teams

While this campaign will be remembered as a disappointing one for Wolves, the ladies' side of the club has provided plenty of success.

The first team followed up their double win of last year by securing relatively comfortable survival in their first season back in the Northern Premier League. After a shaky start, Wolves found their feet at the higher level and were able to attain a level of consistency and quality that bodes well for next season.

The reserves also produced a solid campaign, finishing fourth in their first season among illustrious opponents including the second strings of both Doncaster Belles and Lincoln.

While the first team and reserves registered pleasing progress, the silverware was provided by the club's youth ranks - with no fewer than three Wolves teams completing a league and cup double last weekend.

The Under 18s, who had already clinched the league title, came up against their nearest challengers, Evesham United, in their cup final.

With a close contest expected, Chloe Dodd's clinical hat-trick was the difference between the teams, as Wolves ran out 4-1 winners - with Ellie Gibbs also adding her name to the scoresheet as the double was clinched.

Also celebrating double success were the Under 15s, who edged a tight final against Kewford Eagles 3-2, with Poppy Nabbs and Jess Davies registering goals before Nabbs hit a late winner.

The Under 13s were also in cup final action this weekend, but they lost out to Wednesfield - the league's runaway champions. Wolves, who finished third in the league, were beaten 3-1, with the prolific Nikki Lal hitting a late consolation.

The most emphatic scoreline of the weekend was registered by the Under 11 side (pictured), who completed their league and cup double with a rampant 7-0 victory over Solihull Borough. That win not only clinched more silverware, but ensured that the Wolves youngsters finished a magnificent season undefeated.

Laura Milburn, Wolves Community Trust Sports Manager and Under 18 coach, said of the success: "This has been a great season for our girls teams, and one that everyone involved can be very proud of.

"We have built on the success of last season and have seen improvements from every age group. As always, we are very grateful to the coaches, supporters and parents who have helped our girls achieve such fantastic results this campaign."

Jenny Wilkes, Wolves Women Chairperson, added: "This season has seen great success for our first team - who have done extremely well to secure survival in their first season back at a higher level - and our reserves, who have also made great progress.

"This success serves as not only an example but an inspiration to our junior teams, who have once again represented Wolverhampton Wanderers very well during the campaign."

She continued: "The success they have enjoyed bodes well for the future, and we are hopeful that the club can continue to grow, give local girls the opportunity to get into the game and ensure that the sport of women's football can continue to thrive in and around the Wolverhampton area.

"We'd also like to thank all the players, parents, coaches and staff who generously give their time week after week to ensure the continued success of Wolves Women."

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