Real Bedford hold on to beat Wroxham and win historic treble

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The Real Bedford Ladies squad with their trophy haul from the 2023/24 season
Real Bedford Ladies with their season's haul of trophies Image: Real Bedford FC

Real Bedford Ladies finished a fine season with a 4-2 League Cup final victory against Wroxham at Newmarket Town on Sunday afternoon to secure a historic treble for the club.

The win seals a perfect season for Georgia Clarke’s team after winning the Eastern Region Women’s Football League by six points from Luton Town as well as beating AFC Dunstable 5-0 to win the County Cup on 8th May.

There was also an excellent FA Cup run, which saw the club reach the 1st Round Proper for the first time ever before succumbing to Billericay Town, two tiers above them.

Sunday’s League Cup final looked to be heading one way only although Wroxham caused a few nervous moments with a second half comeback.

An own goal helped Real into the lead after just three minutes before Gemma Croucher doubled Real’s lead from the penalty spot after twenty minutes.

When Amber Smith and the prolific Natasha Fensome made it 4-0 before the half-time whistle, you could have been forgiven for giving the trophy engraver a free pass to finish their job early.

Real Bedford Ladies in action against Wroxham in the League Cup final of 2023/24
Image: Hardy Scott Photos

To their credit, Wroxham came out of the traps in the second half determined to try and make a game of it and when Becky Russell and Lily Alexander clawed back half the deficit with a little under half an hour to go, a monumental comeback looked possible.

However, Real held out for a 4-2 victory to put the icing on the cake of a wonderful season.

Preparations for next season begin

As with the Men’s team, preparations for the next step of the football pyramid now begins in earnest, but the Ladies will be without Georgia Clarke who will not continue in her role at the helm of Real Ladies.

Therefore, task number one for co-Owner Peter McCormack is to find a new manager, perhaps with experience of managing in the Women’s National League, which Real Bedford will now enter with some big name clubs.

It also caps an amazing season for all at McMullen Park who now have a full trophy cabinet to show off, but it won’t be long before pre-season comes around for both Men’s and Women’s side as Real Bedford look to continue their paths up the football pyramid.