STOKE CITY LADIES celebrated winning the Midland Women's Combination League last night . . . but left it right until the final moments to clinch the title.
Chantelle Gallagher's 89th minute penalty secured a 1-0 victory over Leafield Athletic and in turn the second part of the potential treble this season.
The result gives the team an unassailable lead at the top of the table with three games to spare, before they take on Leafield again in the League Cup Final on 28th April.
A decent sized crowd gathered at Stone Dominoes in anticipation of winning the league but they witnessed the visiting goalkeeper pull off a number of good saves to keep the Stoke side at bay.
Victory finally came in an unlikely way but was just deserts for what has proved to be a remarkable season where the Ladies have lost just two games in all competitions.
Joint managers Duncan Gilchrist and Andrew Frost were understandably delighted with winning the league but were more relieved than anything else by the end of the night.
"It was very nervy towards the end and my heart skipped a beat a few times!", confessed Gilchrist.
"Everything has come together since 16th September and we haven't lost a league game since that time so we've been on a great run.
"It's been a good standard of football this year and we've managed to get the results which has been very pleasing."
Frost added; "As time went on it got nervy and but I'm delighted we got the three points.
"We had chances to win earlier on in the game but their keeper pulled off four or five great stops.
"It’s been a great season and I'm very proud of the girls for their achievements."
Champions Stoke City now face Radcliffe Olympic at home on 7th April and Daventry Town away on the 14th, whilst also having to fit in a rearranged trip to Copsewood Coventry.
The League Cup Final against Leafield then takes place on Sunday 28th April at Stafford Rangers FC, where World Cup Final referee Howard Webb takes charge of the showpiece occasion.