Whilst one playing squad at Leicester City hasn’t particularly enjoyed the greatest of all seasons, the same cannot be said when looking at the women’s side of the club. The foxes have enjoyed a record-breaking campaign this season, as the future ahead looks assured to be a positive one.
The story in the East Midlands saw Leicester retain their Women’s Super League status, as they remained in the topflight for a third successive season. The Leicestershire side however, didn’t just secure it in ordinary fashion. Under the guidance of Willie Kirk, since November last year, the Foxes went on to register their highest ever finish in the WSL by finishing 10th, ahead of Brighton and relegated Reading.
Kirk switched roles at the club, having occupied the Director of Football position at the club. The switch came after the departure of Lydia Bedford, after just one win in ten matches in all competitions – that win coming against Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup. Motions hadn’t just clicked quickly for Kirk, and that is evident as his side scraped through battles at times such as a 0-1 win over Liverpool and a 0-0 draw at home to Everton.
Leicester do actually boast another season record this year, but perhaps not the one they might’ve hoped for. A tenth placed finish was achieved with just fifteen league goals to their name all season. To put that into context, Reading who finished bottom, managed twenty-three goals, whilst Spurs, who sit one place above the Foxes managed more than double the amount of goals that Leicester celebrated. Keeping clean sheets at the other end of the pitch proved pivotal in what was ultimately a season to cause celebration for. Fourty-eight goals against doesn’t appear great when looking from a distance, but that amount is far superior to the two sides who finished below.
The Foxes managed three points more than the previous campaign, whilst also overturning a three-point deficit in the process. One of the few goals scored came unexpectedly from youngster, Ava Baker, who became the youngest ever goal-scorer for the club; just another record that has gone into the history books for this season.
Leicester ended the season on a positive note as they claimed a crucial 1-0 win over the Seagulls, which caused for celebrations as they cemented their highest league finish in quite spectacular fashion.
The future looks bright for what is to come, and fans will hope that they can set even more records and achievements in the future as Leicester City look to compete in the WSL for years to come.