With 2016 drawing to a close many websites and publications are looking back on the year, and we are no exception. Over the next few articles we’re going to take a look at the 2015/16 season and bring you some of the winners and losers of the season – some of which may have slipped under your radar.
Our first category is winners. Here we’re going to honour those teams in the women’s football pyramid that ended the season by winning every single one of their league matches in 2015/16.
Leicester City Women (@LCWFC_Official)
By far the highest-ranked of the 100 percenters of 2015/16 was Leicester City Women in WPL Midlands Division One. They finished the season a whopping 21 points clear of second-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers to earn promotion to the Northern Division.
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Leicester haven’t been fazed by the step up in class this year – they are now in third place with games in hand on several of the teams around them.
The remaining 100% teams all played at county league level, so they are listed below in alphabetical order.
Anchorians Seconds (@AnchoriansLFC, @AnchoriansLFC2s)
Anchorians 2nds are the only team on this list that aren’t a first team. They played in the South East Counties League, Kent County Division last season, taking maximum points from sixteen matches, and outperforming the first team, who had a mid-table finish in Division One (East) of the same league.
As well as their success in the league, they also picked up silverware in the Kent Divisional Cup, beating the University of Kent 3-1 in the final.
Boldmere St Michaels (@TheMikesLadies)
This was The Mikes’ first season in the Birmingham Counties Women’s League, and boy, did they hit the ground running. They averaged almost ten goals a game, and took the maximum 48 points to finish six points clear of Gornal.
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Restructuring of the Birmingham league means that Boldmere St Michaels have gone straight up to the Premier Division, skipping Division One, but they have picked up exactly where they left off last year, winning nine games out of nine so far this season, scoring 85 goals and conceding two.
Buckland Athletic (@BALFC1)
Free-scoring Buckland Athletic managed to net an amazing 158 times in just ten games last season, conceding just five, on their way to picking up the Devon Women’s League Division One title and promotion.
Now in the Western Division of the South West Women’s Football League, they are again unbeaten so far this season, with seven wins from seven games.
Clapham United (@ClaphamUtdWFC)
Clapham United managed to bounce back from relegation at the end of the 2014/15 season in the best way possible. After finishing rock bottom of the Greater London Women’s League Division One in 2015, they romped through Division Two North with victories in all eighteen of their league matches to bounce back up at the first attempt.
They now sit securely in mid-table of Division One with five wins from ten games.
Harlow Town (@HarlowLadies)
Harlow are another one of the high-scoring teams on this list. They racked up a total of 175 goals in 18 games, averaging nearly ten a game, in what was a hugely impressive debut season for them. They also won three cups to go along with their league title, giving them a season that no one involved will forget in a hurry.
Harlow are another team who have continued their winning ways this season. Their debut in the Premier Division of the Essex League has begun with eight wins from eight, leaving them one point off the top of the table with a game in hand.
Hartlepool United (@Official_HUWFC)
Hartlepool United won the Durham County FA Women’s League by a margin of fourteen points from South Shields, earning them promotion to the North East Regional League for the 2016/17 season. It was a big improvement from their fourth place finish the previous year!
The current season is progressing well, but with a defeat on their record already, they won’t be appearing on this list again next year. Having said that, they are in an excellent second place in the league, and a second straight promotion is a definite possibility.
Wigton Moor dominated Division Three of the West Riding County League, finishing eighteen points clear of second-placed Dewsbury Rangers. There is no mention of them playing in Division Two this season though, so if anyone knows what has happened to them we’d love to know.