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Newark Town under-11s ladies' team makes history with Nottinghamshire Girls and Ladies Under-11s Plate League win

A girls’ youth team at Newark Town Football Club has become the first side to win silverware since the ladies’ section was launched.

The under-11 team won the Nottinghamshire Girls’ and Ladies’ Under-11s Plate League last Sunday, beating a resilient Beeston side 1-0.

Newark Town ladies (48894898)
Newark Town ladies (48894898)

Grace Richardson scored what proved to be the winning goal midway through the first half in a game that saw two well coached sides go head-to-head.

Manager Mark Vaughan said he was delighted to coach the first girls’ side to win silverware for the club, especially because it was a trophy previously won by the likes of Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Notts County.

Vaughan, who is supported by coaches Sam Oliver and Dan Oliver, said: “They have come through under-10s and under-11s together, but of course they had a lot of disruption because of covid over the last year, so it is really special to win the first trophy.

Newark Town ladies (48894910)
Newark Town ladies (48894910)

“It is always nice to be the first.

“Half of our team is from the Newark Town Development Centre, which is for seven to 11 year olds. A lot of our success is credited to the coaching there.”

Vaughan said he had been confident of bringing the trophy home.

Newark Town ladies (48894902)
Newark Town ladies (48894902)

“We expected to win the game to a certain extent,” he said.

“We played Beeston before lockdown and we beat them 4-0, so we knew we had a good chance if we played how we did then and did similar things, but to be fair to Beeston, they had developed a lot.

“It was a tight game in parts but some of our play was beautiful.

“It was really nice to watch us play at that level.

“We created a lot of opportunities but we just couldn’t score for whatever reason.

“They had their own chances of course, but our defence is an absolute rock — it is one of our greatest assets.

“As the game went on I was more confident, but when it came to getting that first goal it was just a matter of time in terms of creating chances and making sure we scored one of them.

“We have really good attacking players and two of our girls are prolific on their day so (there was never any worry).”

Vaughan hoped the trophy win would be the first of many for the ladies’ section.

“We have girl teams down to under-9s now, which again show the success of the club,” he said.

“And we have a team up until the under-16s and then there is a gap until the first team, but we are looking to fill that.”

The club welcomed new players across every age group. For more information, contact the club via its website www.newarktownfc.com or search ‘Newark Town Football Club’ on Facebook.

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