West Ham Ladies last night ended the season on a high after winning the Essex County Cup with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Barking.
In front of an expectant crowd at Hornchurch Stadium, goals from Lily Mellors, Kelley Blanchflower, Sarah McCrea, Emily Masters and skipper Stacey Little saw the Hammers crowned queens of Essex, with a late Barking goal proving to be nothing more than a consolation.
The Ladies have endured a difficult season on and off the pitch, with high profile players in Toni-Anne Wayne, Becky Merritt and Rosey Sullivan departing the club this season and a change in management after boss Mark Saunderson's resignation last month, but last night represented a glorious triumph for the hard work and dedication shown by the Ladies during a testing campaign.
West Ham Ladies captain Stacey Little admits she cannot wait to lead out the Hammers when they take on Barking in the Essex County Cup Final on Thursday.
The midfielder was given the armband following forward Becky Merritt’s departure in February and told Blowing Bubbles shortly after her appointment that she had targeted the Essex County Cup as a trophy the Hammers could win to help salvage a disappointing season.
“We missed out on the final last year and lost in the final the year before so it's time for us to be reunited with that trophy,” she said. “It's only a few days away now and all the girls are buzzing for the cup final. There's no one who doesn't want to play in this match and everyone has been worried about getting the slightest little knock or twinge because there's just no way that people want to miss the game through injury.
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