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Preston North End's rapid rise up the women's football ladder has gathered further momentum after they captured the Northern Combination Championship and promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Less than a year after the Euro 2005 Finals were staged in the North West, the team from the home of the famous Dick Kerr Ladies side will be pitting their wits against some of the best teams in the country after emerging as narrow winners from a close title battle.
Three teams had been in contention and the destination of the trophy was not decided until the final match of the season. Leeds City Vixens and Sheffield Wednesday had blazed a trail at the top of the table for the first half of the season but Preston gradually caught up ground to join the title race and eventually finish the top of three excellent teams.
"I am really proud of everything the team has achived this season," Preston manager Simon Gerrard told Women's Soccer Scene. "They have worked so hard to get where they are, having narrowly missed out on promotion last season. Their work rate in training and their desire to learn has been second to none, and linking all of this together has been the team spirit and belief that they could win any game - this is what I believe helped them to glory.
"Coupled with the first team success, the reserve team also managed a league and cup 'double' in the Lancashire County League, so all around for the club it has been a brilliant season and something we are planning to build on over the next couple of seasons.
"Although a lot of the credit must go to the players, they would not have been able to manage any of this without the great backroom staff I have with me at Preston. I put a lot of pressure on them to ensure that we set high standards in the way we develop as a squad, and this season these standards have exceeded my expectations in terms of preparing the players for each game and making sure they have nothing to worry about apart from playing the game."
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