Bristol Rovers Women’s secured back-to-back League Titles on Sunday after a 4-0 victory against Weston Mendip Ladies.
The ‘Gas Girls’ headed into the match knowing that a just a single point to mathematically confirm them as champions. On a wet and blustery afternoon at Lockleaze Sports Centre, Rovers initially struggled with the conditions and failed to convert their chances, resulting in a stalemate at the break.
The second half saw a significant improvement and the ‘Gas Girls’ started to pile on the pressure. Shortly after the start of the second half, Laura Curnock fired Rovers in front with a sublime strike into the bottom corner and relieving the tension slightly. Top scorer Zoe Fielden-Stewart doubled their lead by slotting home from a corner. With the winds in their sails, the ‘Gas Girls’ hit their stride with Curnock grabbing her second with a brilliant half-volley. Curnock rounded off the match and secured her hat-trick with another great finish just inside the box.
At the full-time whistle, celebrations were in full swing as the ‘Gas Girls’ confirmed back-to-back League Titles.
First-Team Manager, Nathan Hallett-Young said “I’m so proud of this team. It’s been an unbelievable effort from all of the players, volunteer staff and everyone else who has contributed to our success. It’s a great achievement for the club and I can’t wait to see how the squad progresses in the seasons to come.”
Club Secretary and Co-Founder, Matthew Davies added “It’s fair to say that I’m bursting with pride. The girls have encapsulated what it really means to be a Bristol Rovers player, both on and off the pitch. Despite their other commitments, they embrace our values and it’s been a joy to see them grow this season. I’d also like to thank our sponsors who continue to believe in what we’re all about and to the fans who have been amazing!”
Club Captain, Natalie Coles said, “I’m so proud of every single player. Everyone has worked so hard all season and I‘d like to thank the girls and team behind the scenes for all of their efforts. The supporters have been incredible this season and I can’t thank them enough for their support! UTGG!”
Despite their 100% record during their first season in the Gloucestershire County League, the division was declared null & void due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The following season saw Bristol Rovers Women’s declared as Champions at the second attempt and then gained promotion to the South West Regional League (Northern Division). The ‘Gas Girls; will now be heading to the South West Regional Premier Division, the 5th tier of the pyramid for the 2022/23 season.