Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Nantwich Town Ladies FC have now officially heard that they have been promoted, at the first attempt, to the Cheshire Women’s & Youth Football League, Premier.
They have been promoted from Championship East 2020/21 along with winners Sale United Open Age Ladies, following a Covid-hit season.
Nantwich Town Ladies FC will start their 2021/22 fixtures in the Cheshire Women’s & Youth Football League, Premier on 5th September 2021.
Other teams in their new division include Egerton, Upton, Sandbach United, Macclesfield Town, Sale United, Chester City, Ellesmere Port and Ashville.
The ‘(Not) The Awards Evening’, hosted by Nantwich Town FC Chairman Jon Gold and in association with NTISA (Nantwich Town Independent Supporters Association), took place on the evening of Friday 23rd July 2021 at the Optimum Pay Stadium. The event was a celebration of all the senior players, management, coaches, supporters and volunteers that have helped the club through the past 18 months. In the Ladies Awards the Golden Boot was won by Marni Williams, Players Player of The Year was Claire Rathbone, and Managers Player of The Year was Claire Rathbone.
Chris Broad, Manager, Nantwich Town Ladies FC first team, said: “If you’d have asked me when we started this journey 12 months ago what the initial plan was it wouldn’t have been to get promoted in our first season. However, it’s testament to the hard work of my assistants and the players in how they have took on board our ideas and worked tirelessly to achieve their goals. It’s important now that we celebrate our success but quickly look to our pre season schedule and be as prepared as possible for what will be a new challenge in a league full of quality teams. To be a successful team we have to keep improving and working to better last season and the players have been working towards that already as they have trained throughout the summer with no break.
“It was a pleasure to be invited along to the end of season presentation night and share our success with the clubs supporters and staff. Marni has had a great season sponsored by the supporters trust and I believe will only go strength to strength as she moves up a level. It was lovely to see that both the players and I were in agreement that Claire has been immense for us this season. I chose my player of the year before the vote came in from the players and it shows her importance to us and improvement that she’d never played at any kind of level before. It’s been agreed she will take the armband as of next season and I look forward to seeing how she can progress further. I’d like to thank all my players for the dedication and hard work they show consistently.”
Jon Gold, Chairman, Nantwich Town FC, said: “This is a magnificent achievement, given that it’s their inaugural season. Everyone at the club is extremely proud of what they have done and it was fitting that their promotion was confirmed in time for the awards night and the genuine and sincere reception that Chris and all the ladies received on the evening. It was a fitting tribute to their efforts and the success that they have so richly deserved and they epitomise what the club is about. We look forward to helping them build on this further during the coming season.”