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Rollercoaster of a season has had highs and lows

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 08, 2012

  • Megan Harris in action for Lincoln Ladies

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Sunday evening saw the curtain come down on the second season of the FAWSL, but not before an incident packed game down in South West London.

Not to mention a two-hour wait for drugs testing after the game – it was definitely not as easy as it seems.

Although we weren't competing for honours or even as we would have hoped a Champions League spot, there was still pride and the potential of a fourth-place finish to spur us on.

Unfortunately we couldn't achieve the latter due to an inferior goal difference to Bristol who joined us on 18 points.

But pride was certainly there for all to see, especially as we played out the last third of the game with 10 players.

The pleasing thing for me was that we continued our good form we showed against Arsenal and Everton, a consistency that we have lacked for large parts of the season.

We controlled the game and if Sophie Walton had not been sent off we had the momentum to go and score more and potentially could have pipped the West Country girls to fourth.

As I have alluded to before it has been a roller-coaster of a season and finishing fifth isn't 'the dream' that we set back in March.

We haven't fulfilled our potential often enough and this is what we need to concentrate on if we are going to get closer to the top next season.

We have dropped silly points against teams that we should be putting to bed and that is the difference between finishing fifth and getting in the top two.

All we can do now is learn from the mistakes, build on the positives, gain from the experiences and take 2013 by storm (as easy as that).

For me there have definitely been some memorable moments; getting myself on the score sheet and adding that dimension to my game has been a positive.

The mole at Ashby Avenue for Bradders' own goal sticks in the mind and who could forget the 4-3 victory against Arsenal – definitely highlight of the season for me.

I'd love to say that now the season's over we will all be jetting off to the Caribbean to have a well-earned rest but the budget isn't quite their yet.

So we will have to make do with the Lincolnshire winter sun as we put our feet up and recuperate after a long season.

I know my friends will definitely agree it will also be nice to reclaim a social life that very much hits the back burner during the season.

First stop for me is London this weekend to celebrate my best friend's birthday and then we are on to check out the new facilities at St Georges Park for our end of season awards night – I'm sure that will give me plenty of content for future columns.

A couple of special mentions to finish, well done to Remi Allen who finished fifth top goal scorer in the league – not bad for a midfielder.

Well done to the England Ladies' T20 team who just missed out on the world title.

It's great to see another female sport being shown live on TV.

Meg's final thoughts – I definitely suffer from stage fright, do not moan about X Factor unless you vote, otherwise I have no sympathy, Casey Stoney could definitely give Kim and Aggie a run for their money and Sundays are now officially shopping days.

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