Mossley AFC withdraw women’s team from league

MOSSLEY AFC has decided to withdraw its women’s team from its league structure because of problems getting and keeping players.

The Seel Park side had earned a place in the Premier Division of the Greater Manchester Women’s Football League.

But now it has taken the decision to pull out as it is proving too tough to keep a competitve squad.

The club said: “Having formed in 2019, the team were highly competitive in each league season and reached the Premier Cup Final in 2021. A number of players also progressed up the pyramid.

Mossley AFC Women - Mossley AFC Women in action - CREDIT MARTYN NOLAN
Mossley AFC Women – Mossley AFC Women in action – CREDIT MARTYN NOLAN

“However, despite enjoying the use of Seel Park and significant investment in training facilities and equipment, recruiting and retaining players has proven to be difficult and the club has been left with no option.”

On the decision, manager Dame Blackshaw said: “It’s extremely frustrating and we’ve done everything we can.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the club for making us so welcome. I’ve loved being Manager and have made some fantastic memories.”

Director Matthew Hayton added: “This wasn’t an easy decision to make but it’s the correct one

“We can’t continue with only a small number of players making themselves available for both matches and training.”

Despite the decision, the hope is women’s football carries on at Seel Park.

Hayton continued: “We’ll now take some time to think about the future of women’s football at the club.

“We’ve a thriving junior section and there’s nothing we want more than for local girls from Mossley to take the step up to senior women’s football at some point in the future.”

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