West Ham Ladies endured a difficult week after being told their application to join the FA Women's Super League second division was declined before losing at home to Yeovil to a last minute goal last weekend.
The Millwall Lionesses, Watford and Reading were amongst the clubs chosen to play in the second tier of Ladies football at the expense of the Hammers.
Sunderland, Aston Villa, Doncaster Belles, Durham, London Bees, Oxford United and Yeovil completed the list.
The news of the application came a couple of days before the defeat at home to Yeovil which took the Ladies’ winless streak to six games.
Despite having nothing but pride left to play for this season, the Hammers are hopeful they can pick up points away at Lewes and Reading over the next couple of weeks to end their disappointing season on a positive note.
At the start of the year the Ladies had high hopes of winning their league as well as reaching a cup final.
Despite a promising start, an unusually high number of games were cancelled before the Ladies were eliminated from both cup competitions and fell adrift from the league leaders.
In better news, however, the West Ham U11girls side have rounded off a fantastic league campaign by triumphing 4-0 in their final league game and in doing so, have gone the entire league season unbeaten and romped to the league title, eight points clear of 2nd placed Writtle Minors.
The girls now have the chance to double their joy as they face a May 12 date to take on in Upminster Park Rovers in the Essex County Girls cup final.
And in other West Ham Ladies news, the second trial for the Ladies’ Academy will also be taking place on Wednesday May 29 from 3 to 5pm and will be held at the West Ham Community Trust, Beckton.
Any current year 11 females interested in combining a college education with the professional football training lifestyle should register for the trial on www.scl-online.co.uk.
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The latest news, views and opinion from West Ham United Ladies by Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore.