Home and away issues scupper play for Millers women

Home and away issues scupper play for Millers women

By David Beddows | 12/03/2021

Home and away issues scupper play for Millers women


ROTHERHAM United Women don't expect to kick another ball this season despite their league still having not made a call on whether to play on.

The team play their home games at Parkgate FC's Roundwood ground, which is now closed for the off-season and unavailable for use.

The Millers had played only four of their scheduled 20 fixtures in the East Midlands Regional League's Premier Division before the latest lockdown.

Club spokeswoman Val Hoyle said: “All the clubs completed a survey and a majority want to curtail the season but the Women's FA have not made a final decision yet.

“Even if they decide to do a round robin competition or something similar, we have no pitch with the Parkgate ground now closed.

“We have played some friendlies at Hillsborough College but, again, are people going to be allowed to play there and use the changing rooms?

“At the moment we are just waiting.”

Rotherham's league contains teams from as far afield as Loughborough, Kettering and Leicester, necessitating some lengthy away trips.

Like other leagues, Rotherham's league can play until the end of June but with players' daily commitments, fulfilling the distant fixtures would not be easy, aside from the problem of having no home ground.

The Millers' planned memorial game for former secretary and club stalwart Shirley Pollock, who passed away last year, has also been put on hold.

“It is so long ago since we kicked a ball,” added Val. “We are nowhere near halfway through our league fixtures.

“Even if we were allowed to play two games a week we can't be travelling to Northampton, Peterborough and places like that in midweek because players have work and other commitments.

“We charge £2 admission to our matches and that's enough to cover the cost of the referees.

“Without that you are dipping into your bank and, as you know, women's football doesn't have a lot of money.

“Personally, I would prefer to halt it now and re-start the season in August.”

The league will announce its decision on March 15.