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Caerphilly Castle Ladies take positives after 43-0 defeat

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Caerphilly: Great for castles and cheese, not so much for ladies football

Caerphilly Castle Ladies football team have made headlines for the wrong reasons after a record 43-0 loss at the weekend.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the result is not in isolation: the women have also been beaten 36-0, 28-0 and 26-0 in the space of 10 disastrous fixtures.

The team, who play in the Women’s Welsh Premier League, have a goal difference of -218, scoring just the once.

But despite their miserable position, the team insist that they have not been left downhearted by results.

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The side, who were mid-table in the division in the last two seasons, were hamstrung by the loss of most of their first team in the summer, who set up a rival team, Cwmbran FC, in the summer.

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Chairwoman Julie Boyce, who has had to come out of retirement to help Castle, said that the club were doing their best in the circumstances.

"We're putting a brave face on things, but yes it's tough, and if it went on indefinitely, it would threaten the future of the club. But we're about more than the first team," she said.

"You could argue that we could have done more to help ourselves.

"We could have promoted some of the really talented girls from the under-16s into the first team, and the results would have been nowhere near as embarrassing as they have been.

"But at the start of the season we took the decision that the first team crisis shouldn't be allowed to disrupt the excellent work we're doing at youth level.

"We're taking a long-term view. We're not going to rush girls through just to window dress this season - we'll take our time because we know that in a few years we'll be back bigger and stronger than ever."

Boyce also called for would-be players to get involved, join the club and help arrest the slump in form:

"A lot of the players we've approached have been put off by the results, but I'm urging anyone who's interested to think more about the opportunity we can give them."

"There'll never be a better chance for any aspiring player to compete in the Premier League."

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