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740 Women's Football
Wednesday 13thMarch 2019 will be etched into the memories of Lucia Halliwell and her teammates after their draw with Surrey secured the first ever league win for the Sussex University Women’s Second Team. Trailing 0-1 against their title rivals in a winner-takes-all, end-of-season finale at the Falmer Sports Complex, Sussex rose to the challenge to see out a 2-2 result and maintain the three-point gap they held going into the last week.
Captain Halliwell was quick to complement her side and expressed her emotions when the first Sussex goal went in after a nervy start saw them fall behind.
“I have never felt such elation for a goal going in as that one” said Halliwell. “And the defence was magnificent. They were so composed at crucial times and we were clinging on in the last ten to fifteen minutes. The people who turned out to support us provided a huge boost as well. They definitely helped us get over the line.”
It’s been an unprecedented season for the team, who will compete in South Eastern 3A next year. Under Halliwell’s captaincy and the management of Naomi (“Nay”) Robinson, a collective spirit has been instilled in a group that now has an incredible bond and an unwaveringly positive attitude. On the journey to this maiden triumph, they also beat Surrey on their own patch earlier in the season in a 3-2 thriller – a particular highlight. Halliwell emphasised the efforts of every player throughout the campaign, whilst giving mentions to Goalkeeper Georgie Gordon and top goal-scorer for the second year in a row, Daisy Rutledge.
“Georgie has had a great season. She has improved massively with her confidence and ability. And Daisy just continues to improve as well, beating her tally from last season.”
The Second Team have now emulated the First Team’s success in their own league in 2016/17 and look forward to scaling new heights in 2019/20. Women’s Football President for the University, Chloe Anderson, thinks the next division up will provide a stiffer physical examination:
“The team will definitely have to improve physicality and strength to compete against some of the tougher teams” reflected Anderson. “We have a superb set-up now and they are improving all the time. The coaching has gone up a level and I think they can do well.”
Sussex Women’s Football Society has recently been working in partnership with Clubbie to help further their ambitions to grow. If you’re interested in supporting or just getting involved, visit their website as posted below.
Congratulations to Sussex!