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Ipswich Town's Eva Hubbard keen for Women’s National League Division One South season to end after coronavirus postponement

Mellis’ Ipswich Town Women’s rising star Eva Hubbard believes football’s administrators have to find a way of bringing this season to a conclusion.

The left-back who turned 20 yesterday would welcome next season being pushed back to allow their current campaign to be finished.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen the team follow FA advise from Monday to refrain from playing any matches or training ‘until further notice’.

Ipswich Town's Eva Hubbard. Picture: Ross Halls (28525402)
Ipswich Town's Eva Hubbard. Picture: Ross Halls (28525402)

But it leaves question marks over their chances of achieving promotion, currently sitting top of the Women’s National League Division One South, and reclaiming their Suffolk Women’s Cup crown. Hubbard was part of the side who beat lower-league Needham Market 3-1 in the semi-final of the HomeStore Self Storage-sponsored competition at Stowmarket Town on Sunday, before it was suspended.

“It is hard because for us we are pushing for promotion, so if the season does get cancelled we could be in really big trouble because we almost have to start again,” said the former Hartismere School pupil.

“We don’t want to do that because we think we deserve to be in the league above.

“It is causing quite a bit of drama at the moment, but what can you do? Health has got to come first.

“Hopefully we can maybe start the season later and do whatever we can to get this season finished as we have come such a long way now and we are on the home stretch.”

The Tractor Girls currently lead AFC Wimbledon by a point with both having eight games to go.

They were due to play on Wednesday this week and then again on Sunday.

The University of Suffolk student said: “It has always been our goal from the start of the season to hit promotion and we have got the 21s development squad now and this team is going to go places. Hopefully we can (still) get promotion and win the county cup.”

Having gone behind to an eighth-minute goal on Sunday, in front of a crowd of 346, in what was a re-run of last year’s final, Ipswich quickly overturned the deficit through goals from Chole Dunn (14’), Zoe Barrat (23’) and Natasha Thomas (29’) to lead 3-1.

The second half saw Ipswich have the majority of the chances without being able to add to their tally.

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