Exeter City Women will be hoping that the weather eases heading into the weekend, as they are in increasingly desperate need of a return to League action, Larkhall Athletic awaiting the Grecians as they travel to Somerset on Sunday.
The Larks have endured a tough season, with only one League victory so far, a 3-2 Home success over Swindon Town. Jonny House’s team have had a tough run of fixtures in recent weeks, facing Southampton Women’s FC, AFC Bournemouth and Cheltenham Town, and the Larks will be hoping to make certain they maintain their advantage over Poole Town and remain at National League level as the season concludes.
Rhian Robbins has been the main source of goals in their League campaign, her seven strikes and accompanying three Player of the Match Awards suggesting star quality. In fact, Robbins was given one of those awards by the City management when the two teams met in September and was awarded the same accolade when the teams met last season.
Abi Footner has also been a key player for Larkhall this year, with several crucial saves, although a collision in the fixture earlier this season sadly curtailed her afternoon. That fixture in September was comfortably won by City, goals from Emily Toogood, Anthea Kaptein, Phoebe Baker and Connie Pengelly sealing all three points in a 4-0 win.
With only seven league games played, Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley will be eager to see the game go ahead. With other teams having played as many as six games more, City need to return to the field soon or face fixture congestion at the end of the season.
Much needed rest for some and the return to fitness of key players, the squad are rejuvenated and ready to make the games in hand count. The hope will be that the weather does not continue to spoil the teams need to gain momentum as the conclusion of their league campaign gets ever closer.