Weymouth women crowned champions of Dorset

Weymouth Women have won the Dorset Women’s League following their 4-0 away win over league rivals Merley Cobham Sports Youth.

Weymouth Women's player-manager Tasha Sibley | By Ryan Asman

Weymouth Women have won the Dorset Women’s League following their 4-0 away win over league rivals Merley Cobham Sports Youth. 

Both teams had to wait a couple of months for this fixture due to several postponements, however this did not stifle the desire of both teams, with Weymouth coming into this game hoping to avenge their narrow failure of promotion from last season, whilst Merley Cobham were hoping to spoil Weymouth’s story and blow the title race wide open. 

Weymouth started off the game strong, as Noami Johnson’s turnover teed up Dani Ackerman nicely for the opening goal inside four minutes. 

Weymouth would double down as in the 7th minute Ackerman would get the assist as she squared the ball for Shakira Howard. 

Merley Cobham were continually put under pressure by the Terras, and Weymouth would have got a third in the 24th minute were it not flagged offside. 

Merley Cobham would put a bit of pressure onto Weymouth in the last ten minutes of the first half, however following the beginning of the second half, Weymouth would make sure to stomp out any Merley hopes after Ackerman pounced on Kristina Manktelow’s parried shot to make it 3-0. 

Manktelow would have more direct involvement for a goal, as a well-hit corner in the 68th minute would land perfectly for Potter to tap-in the fourth. 

Manktelow nearly scored a sublime goal from the edge of the box as her shot wacked against the crossbar, and Weymouth would control the game and see-off an impressive win to cap-off an impressive campaign. 

Since Weymouth’s reformation in 2020, they’ve been on a phenomenal run with a 2nd placed finish last campaign, and a 1st placed finish in this campaign, and whilst the women will be focusing on their final two fixtures, eyes will be looking forward to next season in intrigue to see if Weymouth can replicate this success on a bigger stage. 

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