EGERTON Ladies FC Knutsford clinched the CWYL Division One Championship with an emphatic 5-1 victory against 2022 champions Willaston Ladies in front of a crowd of over 150 at Mereheath Lane on Sunday.

It is the first time in Egerton’s history the women have won a league title, doing so after losing only one game all season.

Manager Jason Wright: “It’s a fantastic achievement considering the injuries we have sustained to key players this season.

“The Ladies have battled against the odds and despite a few scary moments they are worthy league champions.

“We have beaten our closest rivals Congleton Town home and away.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the ladies and thank Egerton Football Club for all their support in the Last decade. I hope this title brings more interest in ladies football in the Knutsford area.”

Meanwhile, Knutsford FC’s 8-1 home win to champions Parklands was described by chairman Jimmy Evans as a ‘very bad day at the office’.

Reds have struggled in League One this year, following their relegation in 2021-22, and changes can be expected after an end-of-season review.

The presentation of the champions trophy to Parklands at Manchester Road rubbed salt into the wounds.

“Not so long ago it was us receiving trophies,” said Evans.

Reds at least scored what was only their second goal in eight matches.

It was the second week in a row that Knutsford had faced the Widnes side.

But the previous week Reds, suffering from late cry-offs and non-availability that has been a feature of their campaign, performed well in a 2-0 defeat.

That had followed a 3-0 loss at higher-division Middlewich Town in the final of the Mid Cheshire District Cup, a scoreline that flattered the hosts.

Knutsford are away to Avon Villa on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.