Leicester’s Historic Promotion

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For the primary time of their historical past, Leicester will play within the topflight of girls’s soccer after having have received promotion to the WSL on the weekend.

They received 2-0 on Sunday in opposition to London Metropolis Lionesses courtesy of objectives from Samantha Tierney and Natasha Flint, which noticed them go an unassailable eight factors away from Durham in second place, with two video games remaining.

Leicester have been in distinctive type. They’ve received their final twelve league video games and have solely misplaced as soon as within the league this season. Leicester have received 15 of their 18 video games, which enabled them to tug away from Durham, who had additionally solely misplaced one recreation, however had amassed extra attracts.

The season included massive rating strains, with a 9-1 win in opposition to Coventry United in November and a 7-0 win away at London Bees firstly of March. Leicester additionally received twice in opposition to Liverpool, beat third positioned aspect Sheffield United in January, and received 2-0 in opposition to promotion rivals Durham in March.

Leicester are comfortably the leagues’ highest scorers with 50 objectives this marketing campaign, which is 15 greater than the leagues’ subsequent highest scorers. Sixteen of these objectives belong to Natasha Flint, however others have chipped in as effectively, with Leicester having 13 gamers scoring no less than one purpose within the league this season.

Defensively, they had been additionally stable, with solely 15 objectives being conceded, and this defensive solidity mixed with a free scoring mentality allowed them to have a powerful purpose distinction of +35.

Their success means subsequent season they are going to be competing with the most effective of the English ladies’s recreation. Present champions Chelsea await, as does present second positioned aspect Manchester Metropolis. There can even be journeys to Casey Stoney’s Manchester United and video games in opposition to Arsenal, who subsequent season can be below completely different administration when Joe Montemurro leaves his managerial place on the finish of the season.

All that’s to stay up for subsequent season. Earlier than that, Leicester nonetheless have two league video games to play and an FA Cup recreation in opposition to Liverpool.

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