The players, performances and goals we’ll never forget

West Ham's Ladies look back on the highlights from a tough season

After a difficult season, Blowing Bubbles caught up with captain Katie Bottom, Rosie Missen and Chelsea Hinz to reflect on their campaign.

Goal of The Season

Katie Bottom: I will have to pick a goal by a player no longer here and would have to pick Shirvae Edwards against Brighton in our 2-2 draw. It was a great left peg into the top corner, which was made even better as it was captured on camera. For a player who is still at the club I will have to pick Whitney Locke’s goal against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup. It was a great team goal, and the winner to send us through to the next round. It was also one to break Whit’s drought in front of goal so meant a lot for all of us.

Chelsea Hinz: Shirvae’s goal against Brighton at home. Maybe 30 yards out the ball was played to Shev where no-one expected the shot but what a shot it turned out to be. First time, no touch, top corner, right over the keeper’s head.

Rosie Missen: Goal of the season has to go to Katie Bottom for her penalty against Spurs at Upton Park where we won 1-0. I would like to think she will thank me for my words of wisdom before she took that pen!

Our winner: Shirvae Edwards’ screamer against Brighton.

Best Team Performance

KB: There are many performances I could pick from either of our performances against Brighton, or our draw away at Cardiff where we grinded out results against very strong opposition, but I think overall I’ll have to say our game against Spurs at Upton Park. We were in an awful run of form in the build up to the game, shipping goals left, right and centre and hardly getting on the score sheet ourselves, but it’s safe to say we turned on the performance at the right time in our biggest game of the year.

CH: It has to be our game at Upton Park. As expected it was a great night for us, the season itself hadn’t been so great but as soon as we arrived at the Boleyn, it felt like we were already winning. We all worked as a team and worked our socks off for each other making sure we was covering each other!

RM: Best team performance without a doubt was against Spurs at Upton Park. It was an amazing night in front of all our friends, family and supporters.

Our winner: West Ham Ladies v Spurs at Upton Park

Best Individual Performance

KB: This performance may go under the radar with most players, but hands down the best performance this season was Erica Turner away to Cardiff. Making her first start for us against the league leaders (at the time). Erica pulled off some worldie saves, keeping us in the game from the start to the finish, and was very unlucky to come away with conceding two goals and with us not winning the game.

CH: Katie Bottom against Spurs at Upton Park. Right from the kick off Katie took in the atmosphere and it showed in her performance and the goal. She won every tackle, every header and played simple which is all we needed to do!

RM: Best individual performance for me was Erica Turner against Cardiff. She had an absolute blinder and kept us in the game to take a draw.

Our winner: Erica Turner against Cardiff.

Best Goal Celebration

KB: We haven’t had any celebrations that have been well thought out or used this season. So my winner would have to be after my penalty at Upton Park. It was our first goal in a few games, and at the time we knew that it was a one goal game with it being so close, so we were confident in it being the winner with it being so late on. The whole atmosphere and the delight in all the girls faces in the photos after show how much it meant to all of us.

CH: Upton Park v Spurs. This moment will live with me forever. We had had our chances and missed but when we were given the penalty, I think we all knew when Katie stepped up it was going in. When it did hit the back of the net, the players on the pitch, off the pitch, management and spectators all celebrated together which was really overwhelming and magical!

RM: Best goal celebration was at Upton Park after Katie’s penalty. Celebrating in front of a near 2000 crowd was amazing.

Our winner: Katie Bottom’s penalty against Spurs at Upton Park

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