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Weekend roundup - Ladies and Development Squad

11 months ago By Jeremy Fox

Georgie Hoban's Boro' Ladies beat Basingstoke whilst the Development Squad were presented with the Wyvern Midweek Championship Trophy.

The Gosport Borough Ladies brought the curtain down on a hugely successful season with a 4-1 away win at Basingstoke on Sunday.

A brace from Laura Streeter and further goals from Kim Hier and Sophie Kingsley-Smith brought a winning end to their Hampshire Ladies League Division Two campaign which saw them win the title by a massive 12 point margin.

The Boro' girls had earlier won the Hampshire Intermediate Cup and their near flawless League campaign has earned them a return to the top flight of County Ladies Football next season.

They will join the likes of AFC Bournemouth, Widbrook and local rivals Warsash Wasps in Division One. The team, which was formerly the Boro' Ladies Reserves, assumed the mantle of the senior side after the implosion of the former first team in 2014 which folded midway through a troubled FA Womens Premier League South & West Division season.

That team, under the management of Dave and Lesley Pickering, had enjoyed a meteoric rise up through the leagues from County Football to the Premier League with three consecutive promotions. However, life in the Premier League in 2014/15 brought many trials and tribulations, leading eventually, to the sad decision to call it a day.

But since those difficult times, largely the same group of players remained together - not only as team mates but as close friends - and the remaining team continued to fly the flag for Gosport Borough back in the County Division Two.

Now under the management of Georgie Hoban and Julie Way, the team has once again found success and will look forward to top flight football next term.

Development Squad Manager Jay Keating (pictured with the Championship Shield) and his team, celebrated their double winning season with a friendly against AFC Trades at the Aerial Direct Stadium on Friday night.

Jay's team ran out 4-1 winners against the spirited local side and were afterwards presented with the Wyvern Midweek Division Trophy and individual trophies to those players who had been involved.

With the John Stimpson Memorial Shield Final cancelled and Boro' expected to be awarded the Shield by default (owing to Sholing and Salisbury fielding ineligible players), there was a relaxed atmosphere during the evening with short celebrations afterwards.

GBFC offers heartfelt congratulations to the Development Squad, Academy and Ladies teams for their achievements in 2016/17.

Updated 08:07 - 16 May 2017 by Site Manager

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