Crawley Town Girls secured the Championship with two games still to play after a spirited 1-0 win against Hangleton.
In a cagey opening Hangleton settled the quicker into their passing game. Crawley kept their shape well and pressed the ball to restrict Hangleton to possession outside the box. Crawley were not as composed with their passing as they had been all season and looked a little hurried in their distribution of the ball.
They were guilty of being a little reliant on a longer ball for their forwards to chase. However, as the half came to a close the glimpses of passing started to show through. Neat work by Amber Whenham and Rachel Corke presented Nancy Williams with a shot that hit the outside of the post.
With the game evenly poised at 0-0 at half time, more was demanded of the girls if they wanted to secure the title today. And that is exactly what we got second half as they pressed the Hangleton players higher up the pitch, forcing them into hurried passes.
Crawley were on top and pressing hard. The best opening of the game fell at the feet of Jade Dancaster just inside the box but her shot was straight at the keeper. She made amends soon after when presented with a similar opportunity, this time moving the ball well out of her feet and finding a bullet of a shot into the corner of the net.
With still half an hour to go Crawley did not sit back and had a chance to put the game well out of the reach of Hangleton when Nancy Williams was put through one on one from the half way line.
She did everything right except put her finish too close to the keeper. Crawley continued to press in all areas of the field and limited Hangleton to very few opportunities on goal with Jordan Evans attacking everything that was played into her area.
At the final whistle it was clear to see the delight of the players, parents and management as they realised an ambition. Having been runners up for the previous two seasons, the team had finally shown that they had what it takes to win the Championship title.