Highnam Hotspurs Girls win a remarkable 35 games in a row

Highnam Hotspurs have won 35 games in a row

Highnam Hotspurs Girls are smashing it in a boys’ league and have won more matches than Liverpool this season, despite having played 35 competitive games.

Gloucestershirelive.co.uk report that Highnam Hotspurs FC play in the Severn Valley U-12 Division C – traditionally a boy’s league – and with most of the team also copmeting in and topping the Gloucestershire County Girls’ League on a Sunday, the U-12s have a better record than Liverpool this season, having played 35 competitive games and winning every single one of them.

Hotspurs sit atop the Severn Valley Division C, and just seven more points from their last five games will guarantee promotion.

In the League Cup the team earned their biggest scalp of the season by eliminating Division A side Minchinhampton with a 2-1 victory at the Oakridge Arena last month, thanks to a stunning final-minute save by Florence Stiddard.

Highnam will also be representing Gloucestershire as County Futsal champions in the regionals in Paignton next month.

Highnam Hotspurs
Highnam Hotspurs are Gloucestershire Futsal champions.

In the Girls’ County Cup Quarter Finals recently, Highnam faced St Nicholas who sit top of the Bristol Girls League Premier Division, unbeaten all season and having only conceded seven goals. But even without key players, including Martha Campbell and top scorer Siuuri Wright, Hotspurs stormed to an 8-0 win in the high winds and driving rain.

One of Hotspurs’ number, Freya Boucher, plays when she is not involved with Gloucester Primary Schools, where she last month became their all-time record goalscorer.

Such was the early season form of influential wide player Kimmi Tanner-Joyce that she was snapped up by Bristol City.

Nine of the girls have been selected to represent the Gloucestershire Academy and Development Squads this season, following trials.

Despite the team’s faultless record this year, nothing has been won.

With the Hotspurs still having to play their nearest rivals Cam Eversides twice in the league there is still work to be done, and the pain of defeats in the latter stages of the cup competitions is something the girls will want to avoid.

She Kicks Issue #59 (Mar 2020)

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