On Tuesday it was announced that the Women’s National League would be suspended in line with the Government Lockdown restrictions, pausing play until December 2 at the earliest.
Clive Watts, of the Exeter City Women’s Management Team, was naturally disappointed, but understood the decision. “It was expected and the health and safety of everyone is paramount and must come first in these strange times; it's just another hurdle all clubs will have to get over as we're all in it together.”
City have made a confident start to their League Campaign with two wins and a draw, their two defeats coming against formidable opposition in Chesham United and Southampton FC.
Clive is happy with the way the team has been shaping up. “The squad has gelled really well, from the youngsters coming up from the development centre to the senior players arriving. The whole squad is evolving and working really hard in training to implement our ideas and game plan. Our style of play is pleasing on the eye and you can see that everyone enjoys playing it. We are about where we want to be as we've had a tough start playing a lot of the top sides, so when we return we will be looking to push on again and finish the season strongly."
Alongside a strong start to the National League Season, City have also progressed to the First Round of the FA Cup after victories over Swindon Town and AEK Boco. “The girls love a good cup run to break up the season, and with a First Round Proper tie at home to Cheltenham Town coming on our return to playing, it will keep a real buzz around the squad.”
So whilst the Season may be halted, Clive is certainly pleased with what he has seen so far as the Team continues to evolve on and off the pitch. “All in all it has been a great start with some really pleasing attendances. With the media work, new Women's Supporters Club and new sponsors getting behind us, it helps give us a more professional feeling. The future is looking bright.”