Foxes' perfect end to a perfect season

May 30 2017

A football team from Westbury Park who train with a former Manchester United player have won all their games in a ‘perfect season’ to become Bristol Girls League under 14 Champions 2016-17.

A football team from Westbury Park who train with a former Manchester United player have won all their games in a ‘perfect season’ to become Bristol Girls League under 14 Champions 2016-17. 

The Westbury Park Foxes Girls U14 team won in a thrilling climax to the season, away to second placed Wotton Rovers at Katharine Lady Berkeley School. The Foxes kept their heads to come from behind and prevailed 2-1 over last year's worthy champions. That made it 18 wins out of 18, and a first league title in three years.

Ewan Paton celebrated the win on the team’s blog: “It has been a long and arduous road to get there. The seventeen prior wins might have suggested that this was an easy league, and that this team were a football equivalent of cricket's 'flat track bullies'. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

“With the exception of a few games where opposition legs tired and heads dropped over 70 minutes, those wins had to be played and fought for all the way. 3-2 away at Boco after trailing. 2-1 away at Keynsham after the hosts had levelled. Tough battles with Bradley Stoke, Portishead, Emerson's Green, and Fry Club. This Bristol Girls League has been ultra-competitive. It is also a shining example to others of the joys and benefits of large-scale participation in girls' grassroots sport.”

Coach Martin Platt said: “We have been together for six years - originally the girls were from Westbury Park Primary school. Now we attract girls from all over Bristol to play. This is our second Bristol Girls League title, and we have been runners up on three occasions.

“We train on the Downs on a Saturday morning, with Raph Burke, who played in the Manchester United 'Class of 92' with David Beckham and Paul Scholes!”.

Ewan Paton added: “So many great individual performances, so many heroines, but overall this was a team and squad triumph. Every single Fox who played as much as a few minutes this season was part of this. 

“It was also achieved throughout with smiles on faces, genuine friendship and mutual respect between players, and a large element of fun. 

"Despite the tactical and motivational brilliance of coaching team Martin, Graham and Mark, our girls never did quite shake off their "relaxed" pre-match air of a bunch of mates larking around in the park.”