The beginning of the 2020 / 2021 season saw a new team forming as Lisa Corkill stepped up to begin a long journey of taking on the challenging role of developing the youth players and preparing them for open age football. A new team and some raw young players who had never played 11 a-side before.
Early in the season there were just a handful of girls at the sessions, not enough for a decent five-a-side team!
As the weeks went by during the pre-season more girls came along and the core of Mossley girls were now being joined by more local players.
The early matches were steep learning curves and playing games with only 11 players in the squad was tough but a valuable experience for all concerned.
Being defeated in a match is an experience which is part of football, the value comes from how you deal with it and how you improve, early in the season the team struggled but it was clear lessons were being learned and hard work on the training pitch was being put in.
As the season progressed the results and performances improved and the team finished 3rd in the league and made the play offs.
The play off final was a fitting end to a long and COVID hit season as the team played really well and ended up with a 1 – 0 victory over Newton-le-Willows.
For many months training has seen in excess of 16 players attending and on several occasions there has been over 20 at the sessions.
Promotion wasn’t even a thought when the season started but what a way to finish, bring on 2021/22.
The Winning Goal