Women’s Team | End of Season Wrap Up

Earlier this month, our women’s team held their end of season awards to signal the close of the 2023/24 campaign.

After winning promotion last season, the Mariners faced much tougher sides throughout the 2023/24 campaign in the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League. Despite not remaining in the league, which was extremely competitive from top to bottom, many of the squad hit milestones as they surpassed 50 appearances in black and white. These players were captain Danielle Brighton, defenders Leah Wray and Olivia Kershaw and striker Beth Wharton.

On looking back and reflecting on the season, manager Hayley Cox said, “The season, as a whole was very difficult, as we had made the step up to the premier division, which is a learning curve going into next season.”

“We of course finished the season off on a high, winning the County Plate Cup, which the girls thoroughly deserved.”

The first award of the night was the manager’s player of the season award, which went to midfielder Pariss Welsh who signed for the club last summer. She hit the ground running straight away and is an ever-present in that box to box midfield role.

Goalkeeper Chloe Gray picked up player’s player, making some vital saves throughout the campaign, whilst winger Lily Jacklin picked up young player of the season. With 2 goals and 11 assists, she’s becoming a regular in the Mariner’s starting XI.

Moment of the season went to Leah Wray, after scoring her first goal in black and white on her 50th appearance for the club. The defender also scored in the semi-final of the county cup, which the Mariners went on to win.

Defender Harriet Dalton picked up the award for most improved player. This season she’s been asked to play a number of different positions and has adapted to each one terrifically.

The final award was the Academy player of the season, which went to captain Danielle Brighton. She always leads by example on the pitch and is a great role model to the younger girls on the team.

On the awards, Cox said, “The awards were brilliant as we were able to showcase everyone’s efforts across the season. Every player has played their part this season and there has been some exceptional performances.”

“Next season will be a rebuilding year as we hope to bring in some new additions to strengthen the squad.

“We look to develop and compete within the league, as well as in all the cup competitions we will be involved in.”

Be sure to keep an eye out on social media over the coming months for the release of the girls’ fixtures for the 2024/25 season.



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