THWFC - Champions 2014/15 season report by coach Malcolm Pearman
Winning things can only be done if you have the players and players who possess the ability to play football. Which this squad of women and those squads before them have certainly been able to do, and not only that they have shown that they have an exceptional array of talent and skills to boot. As well as playing as a unit, A TEAM! Their togetherness, determination, passion and belief are second to none
Two plate wins the first in 2012 and again in 2013 and now the division 3 championship is a fantastic achievement for not only the women's football team but for Trinity Hall itself as we do not have as many as other colleges to recruit to the squad each year. In 2012/13 and 2013/14 we had a squad of 22 which was amazing, however this season it went down to 15. We are losing 7 of this squad this year so we will need to recruit hard over the next few months as I would ideally like to have a squad of 18 for our challenge in division 2.
After having had 4 seasons finishing 3rd, and 3 times including this season we have gone into our final game knowing that a win and only a win would take us up. This can put a lot of pressure on any team but this year that pressure was nowhere in sight and we cruised to a 4-0 win over Murray Edwards in what I must say was superb display by all. So, finally, we had done it and gained promotion, but then came a very frustrating 6 ½ week wait to find out if we were to go up as champions
Downing the only team to beat us and score against us in the league still had 3 games left to play. They could equal us on points but to overtake us they needed to win all of their remaining games and take their goal difference to +21 which meant they needed a +17 goal difference in those remaining games. I think deep down we all knew and felt they wouldn’t do it. But as someone once said “It’s a funny ol game”.
When the final results came in they confirmed that we had won the division by 2 points.
The stats are really impressive. We did not concede a single goal at stadium/fortress Wychfield winning every game.
In total over the season in all competitions at home we:
Played 5 winning all 5, scoring 27 goals and of course conceding 0.
Overall in the league we played:
6, won 5, drew 0 and lost 1.Scoring 22 goals and conceding just 2.
The stats really do speak for themselves.
8 games in all competitions this season 6 wins 2 defeats.
34 goals scored and just 5 conceded.
Not many games I agree but that is what makes it difficult at times. There is a fine margin for error as you can only afford just one defeat or two draws as we have found to our cost in the past.
However, Downing have been promoted with 13 points this season having lost one and drawn one. So they have proved me wrong although I am only going on our past experiences.
In Cuppers we beat last season’s holders and division 1 champions Christ’s 10-0 but lost our quarter final 3-2 after extra time away to our noisy neighbours Trinity (who were top of division 1 at the time). A decision that was given 3 minutes from the end of normal time by the referee to award a goal when the ball clearly had not crossed the line (one Emily Coales chested it away) he was poorly positioned to have a clear view of the ball he just reacted to his players appeals that it had crossed the line.
The determination and effort given by each and every single one of these women has been fantastic even in defeat.
Of course I was disappointed to lose those games but I cannot in any way blame or criticise their performance or their effort.
THIS LOT, THEY NEVER GIVE UP!
So here we are as champions! Yes it has been difficult but they made it look easy. Sadly, as I mentioned, several are leaving us this summer; yes we all know this is the nature of college sport you lose some you gain some. I can however say that those who have come in over the years and those who are still to come in have filled and will have to fill some big boots.
We have been lucky over the years with players who have come in to the squad to fill those boots as they have all fitted in and done extremely well in their own way.
Everyone who has played for THWFC have been absolute diamonds and one thing that stands out above all is that they have all possessed something really very special.
THE TRINITY HALL SPIRIT!
I AM MY SELF HONOURED, PRIVILEGED AND PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS FANTASTIC SQUAD!