Friday, June 11, 2010
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CONSIDERING this was our merging season, and knowing many problems and obstacles would have to be overcome, the 2008/9 campaign turned out to be very successful.
Widely regarded as the best footballing team in their league, the first team were hampered my missed chances and then seemed to get punished for every little mistake.
The final league table doesn’t at all reflect how strong a challenge we mounted - 20 league games returned 10 wins, four draws and six losses, finishing in fifth place.
A semi-final cup game against Derby saw them lose 3-2, after being 2-0 up and comfortable. That game seemed to sum up the season, played the best football, deserved the win, but mistakes cost dearly during the final 20 minutes.
Small margins win and lose titles, it's something for us to concentrate on next season.
The Reserves or seconds as we preferred to call them suffered in a similar fashion to the firsts, missing many chances and were punished for mistakes.
Struggling for players in the opening games and without a keeper saw us lose three and win three, scoring 15, but conceding 13 which highlighted the problem.
But, despite the lack of a keeper, the next 10 games produced a terrific series of team defensive displays, winning eight and drawing two, scoring 37 goals and conceding just eight.
Unfortunately the final game of the season overshadowed all that great work, When we produced a very much under-par display to lose 4-2 away at Leafield. Out of 16 league games, nine wins, three draws, four lost. A Semi Final cup game saw us go out to WBA after extra time and penalties. The seconds finished in a very creditable third place, behind WBA and Wolves.
Next season will see us losing Abi Cottam, Finola Corley and Nia Davies, all going to play the great game in America. We may be losing others to college.
Some second team players will move up to the first and a great crop of young players will reinforce the seconds for next season.
To emphasize the great football talent we have at the club, we won the Midland heats of the Umbro 5s to reach the Wembley finals. Great pass and move football saw our girls get to the final and, despite dominating the game and being the best team, we eventually lost 2-1. We have reached the national Futsal final in Sheffield in July, which again demonstrates the high standard our players have achieved.

TNS Ladies 2009/10 pictured before their game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Back (left to right): Sophie Nolan, Charlotte Canlett, Alicia Robinson, Sian Skelton, Sarah Martin, Kate Thomas, Abby Francis, Emily Whitfield.
Front: Kate Doster, Chloe Wilkinson, Sally Jones (cap), Stacey Davis, Amy Tomei, Courtnie Cassidy, Emily Ridge. Missing GK Angela Birkett..