Monday March 15th saw the arrival of the announcement that most clubs in tiers 3-6 of the women's football period has been waiting for - the 2020/21 season has been curtailed with immediate effect This came as no real surprise to anyone at the club. With no games played in over three months, and 18 fixtures still to play before the end of May, logistically the season was looking an impossible prospect. Clubs responded to an FA vote in February, with the majority ticking the box for a second consecutive null and void season, with no promotion or relegation. In a strange twist, City would actually have moved up the league if PPG had become a consideration, having played two less games than Barnsley, but with only one point between the two Yorkshire sides. The curtailment means that City's first team played a grand total of five games this season, with three draws and a defeat in the league, along with a loss in the early stages of the FA Cup. In addition the Reserve side had clocked up five league games, losing four and drawing one. The club are currently investigating the opportunities for alternative fixtures as a replacement for the season. One option being a self-contained tournament with other local sides, but this will be dependant on a number of factors, including any subsequent proposals the FAWNL may put forward. The lack of games will not impact progress off the field though, the club's executive board continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare for what is hoped will be a more "normal" season in 2021/22. Chris Hames and his coaching staff will bring the players back in for training on March 30th, in anticipation of some form of football over the spring and summer months.
Photo caption: City's final home game of the 2020/21 season lasted just 10 minutes before being abandoned due to rain.