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Curzon’s Golden Girls Claim Treble
Tuesday 24th May 2016 @ 14:34 by Mark Phillip

Curzon Ashton Under 14’s girls football team are celebrating a treble-winning season.

Managed by 23-year-old Holly Espie, the squad have won the North Manchester Girls Football Division, as well as lifting the League Cup and Knockout Cup.

Described by Holly as ‘excellent’, the historic season has encapsulated a brilliant year for the club, which reflects the growing commitment of players and supporters from first team to junior level.

Speaking to Reporter Sport, Holly reflected on what has turned out to be a tremendous season for the Under 14 squad. “I’m absolutely thrilled that we’ve managed to win the treble this season” she said.

“The entire squad have put so much effort into achieving their goals, so it’s great to see their commitment rewarded.”

Upon joining the club three years ago, Holly has presided over numerous trophies – the most recent of which came last Saturday in the League Cup against Manchester Girls.

The 3-0 victory pleased Holly to say the least. She added: “Claiming the treble last weekend was really special, especially given the fact that Manchester Girls are a very good side.

“We played them twice in the league – drawing 0-0 and winning 2-1.

“We also played them in the final of the Knockout Cup, winning 5-4 on penalties.”

Having played 16 league games this season, Curzon won 15 and drew one – a stat Holly is proud of. She said: “To end the season as champions without losing a game speaks for itself really.

“Although there are some good sides in the division, we’ve decided to move into the West Lancashire League next season.

“We’ll be playing teams including Blackpool and Wigan, so they will definitely pose a bigger challenge for us.”

Despite admitting that the step-up in quality will be challenging, Holly is hopeful of a decent finish. “Make no mistake about it, the league will be tough next season, but we’re still looking finish high up and show what we can do.”

If Curzon wish to challenge for a decent position next season, they’ll be hoping to retain the services of key players like Sophie Lee.

The 14-year-old is currently playing for Manchester City. Holly added: “We have some really good players in the squad, so it wouldn’t be fair to single out any individual.

“They’ve all played a vital role in the success this season, so I’m hoping that I can retain the core of the squad.”

While the competitive season has ended, it won’t be too long before the Under 14’s are back in action.

“We’ll be entering a few summer tournaments and organising friendlies” said Holly.

“We’ve also got two presentation evenings shortly – one for the club and one for the league.

“It will be a great way for parents and players to celebrate together.”