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Posted 23rd April 2012, 11:05 in

First For Arlesey Town

Arlesey Town recently gained their second promotion in three seasons to advance from the Eastern League to the South East Combination.

Under the management of Craig Rennie and assistant coach John Frost, they lost just 1 game in 20, winning 15, drawing 4, scoring 60 goals and conceding just 22, the lowest in the Eastern League Premier Division. Captain Sarah Tayler netted 25 alone, 3 short of being leading goalscorer for the league.

The challenge of playing in the South East Combination for the first time, amongst the likes of Ipswich Town, Norwich City, and local teams MK Dons and Luton Town has created a real buzz at the Hitchin Road Stadium.

Presentation night saw awards go to Sarah Tayler for top goalscorer and players' player of the season. Kirsty Cooper won the manager's player of the season and Louise Gash won most improved player, stepping up from the second team this season and cementing a place in the back four. Louise Grocott also made the step from reserves to firsts.

Long serving member Maria Hilling, involved for 10 seasons, looks to become Chairwoman, as she steps down from the role of Secretary and deserves special mention for the stability, ambition and determination she has helped install as the fabric of the club.

With the Reserves competing in Division 2 of the Beds & Herts League, Arlesey are excited to be able to offer competitive football to players of all ages and abilities.

Presentations to the second team saw Rachel Jones win top goalscorer, 'keeper Mel Sayer win manager's player of the season and Dani Godfrey win most improved player of the season.

The first ever trials day is being planned for Sunday 10th June, from 11am for any new players interested in joining a thriving club. Pre-season training will begin on Sunday 17th June at Arlesey Recreation Ground, from 10.30am. Anybody interested in playing or sponsoring ATLFC should contact Maria Hilling on 07981 432798.

Arlesey Town stage the South East Combination League Cup Final between Cambridge Women and Enfield Town on Sunday 29th April, kicking off at 2pm. For the host club, it will be a great example of what they have earned the privilege to compete against next season.

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