AN ISLE of Wight Women’s Football Team have been crowned Hampshire Champions after winning their final game of the season.
The U16 County 1 championship was won on Saturday by the women’s team Vectis.
Vectis picked up a 6-1 win over the fourth-placed Winchester Flyers.
Fresh off a hard-fought win in their previous match against title rivals Eastleigh Spitfires, the girls knew that only a win in their last match would be enough to clinch the title.
The Islanders set up the drama on the final day after picking up a stunning five-game winning streak – the best possible reaction to the disappointment of defeat in the Hampshire Cup final last month.
The wins put pressure on Eastleigh, who left Vectis with his fate in his hands on the final day.
Conditions at Winchester were hot and energy-intensive, with the early exchanges being evenly contested, with the two teams closing in on an uneven surface.
As the contest developed, Vectis took control of the midfield and made his superiority count with a long-range strike from Phoebe Connor in the 25th minute to open the Islanders account.
Driven by goal, Vectis doubled his advantage moments later when the skilful winger, Mia Richardsonsmashed the ball home from a tight angle.
However, it wasn’t all easy for Vectis – Winchester stunned them with a goal on the last kick of the half, to make it 2-1.
The half-time team talk by joint coaches Connor Allen and Max Yardley certainly did the trick as Vectis emerged to finally take full control of the second period.
It took the team a nervous 20 minutes to restore their two-goal cushion, when Thea Broadheadopened his account.
Three minutes later, wide head was unmarked on the backstick to shoot close for her second, after a fantastic run and cross from Richardson, to make it 4-1.
The heat began to take its toll on Winchester’s withering outfit as wide head scored his hat trick ten minutes from time, following a scramble in the Flyers penalty area.
To spice up Winchester’s wounds, Vectis scored his sixth in the dying moments — striker Faith Wagstaff scratches in the upper corner.
The Vectis team included I.Adams, M.Jones, I.Mitchison, P.Connor, T.Yardley, T.Broadhead, A.Smith, S.Ford, F.Wagstaff, M.Richardson, G.McDonald, S Brennen, E. Monk.
Many of the group members will play for the women’s teams next season, but a core of younger players will remain in the team to defend their title next season.
Vectis is looking for new players to join the team. Anyone with a year 10 daughter interested in joining their ranks or wanting further information should contact Connor Allen on 07932-888648.