Cheltenham Town Ladies have seen a further disruption to their season as the Government announced a second lockdown on October 31.
Almost two months after Cheltenham’s season opener against Brislington was postponed due to COVID-19, another hurdle has come in the way of Tom Davies’ side.
The Robinesses have had their FA Cup first-round proper fixture away to Exeter postponed.
Media manager, Daniel Lodge spoke exclusively to Park Life Sport to discuss the club’s current situation and also reiterated the importance of keeping off-field matters as normal as possible.
“At the minute it’s still business as usual, we’re still in this where we still have sponsorships that we need to honour so we need to advertise those sponsors and promote what they do and promote their business to our supporters and we still need to bring in sponsors.”
With training sessions put on hold for the time being, the Ladies have been working from home to maintain their fitness.
Lodge added: “The training sessions have completely stopped, it’s an outright suspension, it’s not just games like it was in pre-season where up until a certain point we couldn’t play games but we could do small sessions in groups.
“The players have been given things to work on and have been having regular Zoom meetings one-on-one between coaches and players and groups.”
Although lockdown is scheduled to end on December 2, the club has not been informed by the FA if women’s football will definitely get back underway.
“We’ve not been given an awful lot of information, from what I gathered, it’s basically December 2 when the lockdown ends and on the 13th it’s back to matches.”
However, should matters go back to normal in early December, the Ladies will have a lot of games to cram in alongside an international break.
“So are we going to come back for just a single game and then go and have a winter break and come back three or four weeks later, I think it’s January 10 the next game so you’ve nearly got a whole month out after being a whole month out.
“Whether or not they play those games in December or whether they just move them back like the rest of them, I think it’s yet to be seen,” Lodge concluded.
The women’s football calendar is scheduled to return after lockdown is lifted on December 2 but uncertainty is rife.