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Ipswich Town Women's Eva Hubbard determined to help team achieve their promotion goal

Having been retained for next season, Mellis-based Eva Hubbard is determined to help Ipswich Town Women complete the job that was thwarted by Covid-19.

Ipswich sat top of the FA Women’s National League Division One South East table by one point, and on course for promotion to the third tier, when the pandemic halted play.

The FA subsequently null and voided the campaign, meaning Hubbard and her team-mates will have to do it all again when football gets the green light to restart.

Ipswich Town's Eva Hubbard. Picture: Ross Halls (36118427)
Ipswich Town's Eva Hubbard. Picture: Ross Halls (36118427)

It is a frustrating scenario, but the former Hartismere School pupil believes it has only served to intensify the desire to achieve the team’s short and long-term goals.

“I am delighted to be staying for another season,” said the 20-year-old.

“It was always our goal to get promoted and while there was still a bit to do it was looking likely when things stopped.

Ipswich Town's Eva Hubbard. Picture: Ross Halls (36450059)
Ipswich Town's Eva Hubbard. Picture: Ross Halls (36450059)

“It is disappointing, but a lot of the squad are staying together and we have the same drive and the same goals – maybe even stronger.

“We lost a couple of games this season, so we’d like to go unbeaten next season and prove how good we are.

“Ultimately we’d like to push up to Tier 3 and then on from there, aiming up towards the Women’s Championship and Super League in the future.”

On a personal level, Hubbard believes playing for both the Under-21s and senior side last term helped to bring on her game.

She did, however, find herself on the bench at times, most notably for the Women’s FA Cup tie away at a star-studded Manchester City.

That tended to be due to manager Joe Sheehan changing formation, but she is confident of getting more game time in 2020/21.

“I was playing two games a week and doubling up with training, so it gave me a feeling of what it is like to be professional. I improved a lot,” she added.

“I got plenty of game time across both teams, even though I was on the bench for the first team at times.

“Joe sometimes switched to three at the back and as a full-back, it is a position that is not required in that formation.

“But speaking to Joe he has a pathway for me and is looking to play me more.

“It all depends on who is available, who we are playing and who is in good form.”

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