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Frampton victorious in close title race

Frampton Rangers had three main successes this season, including becoming Somerset FA Junior Cup runners-up, tha good run in the Vitality FA Women’s Cup and most importantly, securing promotion by winning the South West Women’s League Northern Division title following a remarkably close race between the top four - who were separated by just a single point.

The quarter final against Woodspring in the Somerset Junior Cup was a fantastic team performance which resulted in an 8-0 win, three of which were from exciting young talent, Kelly Jones. In the semi final they faced Frome Town in a well contested game, but sickness and injury left them with only 11 fit players, so were proud of their battle for the win. This took them to the Final, where they narrowly lost 2-1 to Paulton Rovers in extra time. This was definitely the hardest loss to take, as Frampton held the lead right into the last ten minutes of the game, when Paulton levelled up, leading to a gruelling 120 minutes of football played in torrential rain, where ultimately Paulton came out on top.

The FA Cup run was a huge success for Frampton, and without that winning prize money, promotion may not have been so likely. Frampton made it all the way to the First Round Proper, where they lost 3-0 to a Tier 4 Swindon Town side.

“The highlights of this cup run include the fantastic penalty save from one of our keepers, Ciara Grimstead, in the very first FA Cup game, which we may not have gone any further without,” Frampton midfielder Ellie Michael told Women’s Soccer Scene. “Another highlight has to be our 1-0 win against AFC St Austell, who at this time were two leagues above us in Tier 4. The winning goal was perfectly taken from our season top goalscorer Chloe Timbrell, who has been a part of many vital goals throughout this season.

“In a highly competitive Northern Division, no Sunday was an easy game and the league table reflects this. When the season commenced after Christmas, all teams still had potential of winning the league if they won their remaining games. Frampton played the last Northern Division league game against Downend Flyers, where the result determined the league champions. This came at a hard time, only ten days after the hard loss in Somerset Junior Cup Final.

“With so much pressure sitting on this game, the football wasn’t always pretty, but the job was done. A highlight for everyone will be the moment our right back, Charlotte Appleyard, headed a perfectly taken shot off the line and above the bar, in the final tense moments of the game. The final whistle was a moment of pure relief.

“Overall, it was a fantastic season for Frampton with so many highlights. Every player played a vital part in our successes, from our powerful centre backs, pacey full backs, dependable midfield and composed strikers. This season, as with every season, could not be done without the hard work and support from a small but quality group of people, including Frampton Manager Tony Michael, Assistant Manager Jerry Hulin and our wonderful sponsors at Bristol Corsas.”

Frampton Rangers squad:

Charlotte Appleyard, Ellie Berrington, Louise Collier, Amber Day, Saffy Degg, Clara Grimstead, Rebecca Hewitt, Lucie Hulin, Stacey Hyde, Kelly Jones, Shelby Kendall, Gabby Menghini, Ellie Michael, Ruby Michael, Amie Norris, Brodie Olive, Kirsten Prior, Chloe Timbrell, Casey Withers.