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Haslingden Ladies have made a successful transition into women's football and this has resulted in them carrying off the League One title in the Lancashire County Women's League at the first attempt.
The Haslingden Ladies team evolved from last season's Under-16 league winners. "Having won the North Valley League, and after chatting with the girls, we decided to enter the team into an open age league," Stephen Felinski told Women's Soccer Scene. "The Lancashire league seemed like the best suited to develop the girls as we'd try to gain valuable experience playing against older competition.
"Our aim at the beginning of the season was to try and hold our own and aim for a mid-table position. So we are over the moon at having won the league without losing a league game."
Haslingden Ladies are managed and coached by Steven Ashworth and Dave Mallabourn, and this will be their fifth season together managing the girls. The team is captained by Holly Mallabourn, and this has been an immense season for her. Holly only turned 16 on the 30th August last year and only made the Open age league qualification by two days.
"The highlight of our season has to be our final game against Penrith Development squad," added Felinski. "Penrith needed a win to move into second spot in the league, so had come with a mission. Haslingden were trying to secure a win to go unbeaten all season.
"Penrith showed their class by giving Haslingden a guard of honour as they came into the pitch and a crowd of 60 people watching the game weren't disappointed as both side gave everything to try and get a win. Haslingden did win 2-0, with a superb second from 25 yards out by Sophie Evans, her 18th of the season and all from outside the box.
"The goals have come from everywhere this season, which makes Haslingden a hard team to tie down. Left wing, right wing, headers, volleys and free kicks. But a special mention has to go to Lucy Webb who plays in a deep holding role and allows the team to move freely around her, picking out passes with ease, scoring important goals, never losing a header and defending everything that comes her way."
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