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TRACTOR GIRLS PROMOTED!

2 June 2021

Joe Sheehan's side awarded upward movement following successive curtailed campaigns

Town Women have been promoted to the FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division following a successful application.
 
The Tractor Girls will play third tier football next season after the FA approved the Blues' application for upward movement following another disrupted season of competitive football.

Town were top of Division One South East when the season was curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, with 11 wins from 14 games and an impressive goal difference of +42.
 
On 26 March, 2020, the FA announced that tiers 3-6 of the women's football pyramid would be declared null and void, which ultimately denied the Tractor Girls a possible promotion to the Southern Premier Division.

When competitive football resumed in September 2020, the Blues picked up where they left off by winning all four of their league matches, scoring 18 goals. Town were also the only side in the top four tiers of women's football not to concede a league goal before the season was halted once again due to another national lockdown.
 
When the third lockdown was coming to an end, the FA consulted clubs regarding the preferred way to conclude the 2020/21 season. On 15 March, tiers 3-6 of the women's football pyramid were curtailed but this time declared incomplete, with an opportunity for clubs to apply for upward movement.

Details of the criteria were released to clubs in April and were based on a number of different areas across both on and off-field requirements. Town submitted their formal application to join the Southern Premier Division in early May and after an anxious wait, the Tractor Girls were approved and subsequently awarded promotion to the third tier.

Joe Sheehan's side will report for pre-season training ahead of their new FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division campaign on Monday, 5 July.

Fixtures will be confirmed later in July.
 
Photo: Ross Halls

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