Champions!

Leicester City Ladies under 12s faced Oadby & Wigston United in their penultimate league game knowing that a draw would be good enough to wrap up the League Title.
The game started at a very high tempo with both teams looking to get off to a good start. Oadby & Wigston United were quickly into their stride, playing some good football and causing Leicester City Ladies problems. Leicester City Ladies failed to really get into the game and were lacklustre and struggling to string any passes together. Oadby & Wigston United created numerous chances and hit the bar and the post in a first half that they dominated. Leicester City Ladies had defenders Ciara and Shania to thank for keeping them in the game as they both produced some outstanding defending when Leicester were under pressure.
Half Time 0-0
After stern words at half time, Leicester City Ladies came out with a bit more quality but still failed to really get into the game. Oadby & Wigston United continued in the same vein with good passing and hard work to close Leicester City Ladies down and force mistakes. The game ebbed and flowed with neither team having many clear cut chances on goal. With ten minutes to go Oadby & Wigston United scored the first goal of the game which they thoroughly deserved. Leicester City Ladies knew that they had to dig into to get an equaliser and captain Lauren showed her quality a few minutes later with a determined run into the box and a great finish to make it 1-1. With five minutes to go the game was definitely in the balance and Oadby & Wigston United were clearly looking for a winner. They continued to push forward and kept Leicester City Ladies under pressure with numerous corners. Leicester City Ladies dug in and defended well to get the point they needed to make them CHAMPIONS!!
Full Time – LCLFC 1 Oadby and Wigston 1
Leicester City Ladies manager Annie Rudkin commented after the game “A below par performance from Leicester against an Oadby & Wigston side who produced a fantastic display and I’m sure they will be disappointed not to have won.”
She added “All in all a draw extends Leicester’s unbeaten league run and sees them deservedly crowned as League Champions. Well done girls, your quality,consistency and hard work over the season has paid off and you should all be very proud of your efforts!”
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Ciara, Shania, Megan, Molly, Chloe, Olivia, Foxy, Laura and Lauren (1)

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.”