THE coach of Wargrave Ladies FC has praised his players after they won the Thames Valley
THE coach of Wargrave Ladies FC has praised his players after they won the Thames Valley Counties Division 2 title.
Despite starting the season with just 10 players, the women won 12 of their 14 games to secure promotion to Division 1.
Hundreds of youngsters in the village have played for Wargrave Girls’ FC since it was founded in 2000 but the club only started fielding a women’s side last season, finishing third.
Mr Davis said: “The club is unusual in that it’s female-only. Generally in football these days you have men’s clubs with a female section just tagged on. Here, they start off at a young age and often the players bring along their sisters or best friends so we have a lot of young players.
“We have always had girls playing up to under-18 level but then some of them go off to university and we could never manage to fill their places.
“At the start of this season we only had 10 players signed on so we did well to get another 10 before the matches started. I think it’s easier when you are a winning team.”
The club, whose president is Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May, now has more than 150 players in eight age groups from under-nines to seniors. The club moved to new pithces at Kings Field in 2013 and trains on the 3G pitch at the Piggott School in Twyford Road.
Mr Davis said the women were looking forward to testing themsleves against stronger opponents next season.
He said: “We decided to play our strongest team every week because we wanted to be promoted. About six weeks into the season it became obvious that it was between us and Barton Rovers.
“Every game was a cup final but we won them all bar two and one of those was a draw. In the end it came down to goal difference and because we had beaten teams quite handsomely we won the league.”