High fives all round as Wiltshire fires Golden Girls to victory at Wembley

Watford Ladies won the National FA Fives tournament at Wembley Stadium
Watford Ladies won the National FA Fives tournament at Wembley Stadium
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Sarah Wiltshire was named Player Of The Tournament as Watford Ladies lifted the National FA Fives trophy at Wembley Stadium.

Wales international Wiltshire hit seven goals as the Golden Girls battled through to the final where they beat Bushey to take the title.

After progressing through the county and regional competitions earlier this year, Watford’s opening group game at Wembley was, ironically, also against Bushey.

The Bushey side featured Chelsea Ladies’ ex-Golden Girl Marie Hourihan in goal, and a strike from Wiltshire was cancelled out as the clash finished 1-1.

The next group game was against A-Town Ladies, who won the Midlands Regional Tournament to qualify.

A slow start from Watford saw their opponents race into a 3-0 lead, but Kate Natkiel and Wiltshire both got on the scoresheet to reduce the deficit, though it wasn’t enough to prevent A-Town from taking the three points.

Needing a win with strong goal difference from their final group match, Watford raised their game and picked up a 5-2 victory over London-based The Mix – the goals coming from Natkiel (2), Wiltshire, Jo Wilson and Renee Hector.

That was enough to send the Golden Girls into the semi-finals where they faced dedicated Futsal team Itchen Athletic, and they handed out a 5-1 thrashing thanks to a hat-trick from Wiltshire and further goals from Natkiel and Wilson.

That set up a final showdown with Bushey where Wiltshire grabbed the only goal of the game as she fired home to clinch victory for Watford.

Goalkeeper Hollie Augustus made a crucial save with the scores still tied at 0-0, while Cally Rowell also hit the post late in the game.

Watford Ladies FA Fives manager Steve Edwards – picking up his second title – was full of praise for the players.

“All the squad played their part and they deserve this success,” he said. “No-one will ever be able to take the fact that they are Wembley champions away from them. It’s a great day for the club.”