Barnsley Ladies hit back to make it their best ever season

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Barnsley completed the most successful season in their history by landing a cup and league double.

A 3-2 victory over Wallsend - after trailing 2-0 - in the North East League Cup Final followed their championship-winning feat and they now look forward to competing in the FA Women’s Premier League next season.

Barnsley narrowly failed to successfully defend the County Cup, losing 2-1 to Huddersfield in the final, while their Development side finished runners up in Sheffield & Hallam County League Division Two and their junior teams shone at several levels in the Girls League.

Blackburn face Tottenham in a play-off on Sunday to determine which of the pair will gain promotion to the Women’s Super League and that will leave the FAWPL 68 teams strong. Assuming restoration to the maximum complement of 72, then there may be a reprieve for Rotherham United who finished second bottom in Midlands Division One. If so, then the region will be well represented next season adding to Steel City Wanderers and Sheffield United (promoted as East Midlands League Premier Division champions) also in the FAWPL.

Doncaster Rovers Belles completed their FA Women’s Super League 2 Spring Series fixtures with a 4-0 victory at Oxford United. Christie Murray, Kirsty Hanson, Sophie Barker and Bex Rayner were on target for Belles who finished runners up behind Everton in the interim competition. Both the top duo will be among those submitting an application to replace the folded Notts County in WSL 1 when the WSL switches from a summer to winter competition commencing in September.

Sheffield FC Ladies, who had an impressive debut season in 2016, lost 3-1 at Brighton and so finished second bottom. Carla Ward scored a last minute consolation penalty for Sheffield in a fixture played at the Amex Stadium.