First Team Clinch Third


Leicester City Ladies clinched third place in their final game of a truly memorable year. Going into the game city sat fifth with Leafield Athletic in fourth and Copeswood away to Loughborough Students. Leicester City Ladies needed to win and hope for a Students victory.
The day could not of gone better as City raced into a three goal lead, a lot of possession was with the away team but failure to break through was a worry until Hillier finished to take the lead. Bateman then hit twice once from a Clarke delivery and also finishing off a fine passing move between herself Scott and Kilby.
Second half Leafield Athlitic were a brighter and a missed penalty from Leicester City Ladies lifted their spirits and a cool near post finish earned Leafield a way back in. It turned out to be just a consolation however and with news coming through of Students victory over Copeswood it put Leicester City Ladies third in the final table.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match – Katie Bateman
Overall it rounds off a fine season for Leicester City Ladies. Taking Leicester Women all the way to penalties in the County Cup, Third round FA cup and some remarkable performances home and away. But most of all a transformation of a team that finished third bottom 23 months ago and avoided dropping out of the league to now be third top is a great credit to staff and players over the past two years.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I’m just pleased for the players, they have came close to so many things this year and I believe that finishing 5th although a good year would of been harsh. However league tables don’t lie and it was down to them today to win and everyone was superb especially first half. And as I say league tables don’t lie and we are the third best team this year and I think that’s about right. Credit to Wolves who shown they are worthy of their position and hopefully we can learn over the summer and move forward as a whole football club.”