Chichester City boss Aaron Smith has hailed skipper Tammy Waine as the “complete professional” after the centre half scored one and saved one to help the side seal their best ever league finish.
The club captain, who retires this month, netted a penalty in City’s final home match of the season against QPR.
The, after regular keeper Lauren Dolbear was sent off, Waine picked up the gloves to preserve the clean sheet in the 3-0 win.
That victory, the club’s fourth this month, sealed third place in the National Southern Premier – their highest ever finish.
With an away match against struggling Gillingham to come this weekend (Sunday, 2pm) Smith hopes his side can round off a “phenomenal season” with yet another win.
Smith said: “For the first half of this season up until Christmas no one could score against us and we were nicking games 1-0, 2-0. Then that sort of slipped and we were making individual errors across the field which resulted in goals. But the last few weeks we have been solid.
“QPR have a frightening front line and have caused a lot of teams in this division problems. For us to completely shut them out I’m really chuffed.
“Hopefully, we can take that into Gillingham for the last game of the season.”
Crucial to the victory was the performance of Waine who slotted home a penalty for her first goal of the season before stepping in at the other end.
Tash Stephens and Lauren Cheshire scored the other goals.
Smith said: “She [Tammy] is brilliant and has been brilliant all season. She is not only playing well but she raises the game of others around her.
“I was completely shocked when Lewes released her but her signing for us was one of the biggest signings the club have ever made.
“She is fantastic – a complete professional. She supports players off the field, she supports the staff off the field and she is a lovely person to have around.”