A message from Solihull Moors Women manager David Healey...
First of all, I'd like to thank all my coaching and support staff for the hard work they have put in over lockdown. It was obviously a big blow to us all to have the league postponed and eventually curtailed for the second season in a row.
To have such amazing support around me to help keep the spirits of the girls high and continue building our profile within the National League is vital and speaks volumes of the type of character we have within the women's section - most being volunteers.
I also have to thank my players for staying positive and engaged throughout, I can't imagine how unbelievably tough it is to lose two seasons. It is a short playing career and having to stop twice mid-way through a season while other leagues are able to continue is difficult. I'd also like to thank the chairman of the women's team, Alex Alexandrou, who has been a sounding board throughout for my frustrations and has continued to support the ideas suggested to him for progression of the women's section.
We now finally have some light at the end of the tunnel with training now allowed to continue and friendlies booked in the diary for April and May. In regard to the friendlies, I thought it was extremely important to find clubs of a specific level and size to help motivate and inspire the girls and ease the frustration of having no league games.
Although the curtailment of the season is an annoyance, we need to view the next couple of months as an opportunity that we won't have again to complete extra work on the training pitch, play teams further afield and bond even more as a unit.
I believe that these fixtures, along with training, will enable the girls to feel sufficiently tested. Come June, there will be a well-earned break and we can return to pre-season on the usual date to ensure the consistency of a normal season in 21/22.