We caught up with our Women’s team manager, Dale Houlston for an update on the Town Women's team.
Is there any opportunity at all that the women's team can move up a league to where they would have been playing next season via promotion?
"If you had asked me that question a few weeks ago then the answer would have been an unequivocal no. The FA decided that in light of the COVID-19 crisis that the league would end null and void without any promotions or relegations. We accepted that and whilst that is still the case, the FA have since written to us inviting applications to enter the East Midlands Regional Women's League at Tier Six. It is on the basis that the FA Women’s Board have made allowances for club movement to take place where necessary to ensure the stability of the women’s football pyramid.
This has, in turn, created an opportunity for us to apply to move up a tier and we are preparing our application as we speak. So fingers crossed for some good news on that front very soon. It's not a foregone conclusion but we will certainly be doing our best with what we feel is a sound and compelling case for consideration".
Dale it must have been a disappointment for the everyone connected with the Women's team when the season came to an end?
"Yes naturally it was sad that we couldn't finish those final two games and win promotion, but there are far more important issues than football to contend with at the minute aren't there. Our main concern is that people are safe and sound. Everyone knows that Grimsby were champions elect though, and the achievements of our players during the season leading up to the curtailment were outstanding. Just a game or two away from winning the league, County Cup finalists and odds on favourites to win the League Cup too. All in our first ever season".
How have the girls' been keeping themselves busy during the lockdown Dale?
"The girls' have all kept in touch through apps and online video calls. I think there have been quizzes, puzzles and virtual gatherings going on, and it's nice to see the spirit has remained first class.
“Many of the players have still had jobs to do in the community, with things like teaching and Chloe Wilkinson in the army. Georgia Wattam is a health care worker in a care home, and she was in lockdown at the home where she works looking after the elderly. She actually became unwell and it was confirmed that she had contracted the COVID-19 virus. Naturally, all of the players rallied around her with best wishes and messages of support when we found out, and I am pleased to say that she is on the road to making a full recovery".