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Tractor Girls Successful in Application to Move Up to Third Tier
Wednesday, 2nd Jun 2021 16:19

Ipswich Town Women have been elevated to the FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division, the third tier of women’s football following a successful application.

The 2020/21 FAWNL Division One South East (tier four) campaign was suspended in January due to the lockdown with the Tractor Girls leading Hashtag United on goal difference with a 100 per cent record and without conceding a goal, having played only four matches, one fewer than the second-placed side.

Town had similarly been top of the league when the 2019/20 season was declared null and void due to the pandemic last March.

In March this year the FA announced that although no automatic promotion would be taking place due to the few games played, clubs could apply to move up a division based on set criteria.

The Blues’ application has been approved by the FA with an announcement made this afternoon.

An FA statement reads: “We can confirm that the Upward Club Movement process within the Women’s Football Pyramid, which was opened via application in April, has now been determined by the Women’s Football Board following the curtailment of the 2020/21 season in tiers three to six.

“All clubs participating in tiers three to six (inclusive) of the Women’s Pyramid were permitted to apply for upward movement, with successful clubs moving into the league or division immediately above the tier in which they currently operate.

“As a result, FA Women’s National League Northern Premier side Sunderland and FA Women’s National League Southern Premier side Watford have been successful in applying for upward movement and will compete in the FA Women’s Championship next season.

“Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighouse Town will move up into Tier 3 (FA WNL Northern Premier), along with Southampton FC and Ipswich Town (FA WNL Southern Premier).”

The Tractor Girls will return to pre-season training ahead of their first campaign in FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division on Tuesday 6th July. Their fixtures will be confirmed the same month.

Meanwhile, the Blues completed their 2020/21 season on Sunday when they claimed the Suffolk Women’s Cup for the seventh successive season by beating Needham Market 6-0 at AFC Sudbury with Zoe Barratt (2), Lucy O’Brien, Sarah Brasero, Maddie Biggs and Liv Bilson on target.

Photo: Ross Halls

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TractorFrog added 16:22 - Jun 2
Thoroughly deserved. In fact, they deserved to go up last year.

Cookycrew added 16:25 - Jun 2
Congratulations, thoroughly deserved. Same level (3rd tier) as the Men's team......Onward & upwards - hopefully both our teams get promoted in 21/22.

BlueRaider added 16:25 - Jun 2
Great stuff !

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:43 - Jun 2
Onwards and upwards, girls. Hope the new owners support you. You deserve it.

TWBlue added 16:46 - Jun 2
It will be interesting to see if our new owners and execs have plans for the ITFC women's game too for the future? I might have missed it but the women's game is really big in the USA and growing here too obviously...

itsonlyme added 16:57 - Jun 2
Hopefully our new owners will give the ladies quite a bit of support that they so richly deserve.

hadleighboyblue added 16:59 - Jun 2
Great news , well done , well deserved .

Let's hope the new owners get behind the Tractor girls .....maybe even play some games at Portman Road .

A great marketing opportunity for the club .

Scuzzer added 17:01 - Jun 2
Its becoming very tangible that the whole club is going somewhere now...it has a direction and impetus. The women's side of things is now accepted as being really part of it all. Or is it just me?

BlueandTruesince82 added 17:02 - Jun 2
Richly deserved after the last 2 seasons

Westy added 17:37 - Jun 2
Delighted about this. Thoroughly deserved. The only down side is they won't be able to thrash Norwich twice a Season

runningout added 17:43 - Jun 2
Blooming brill.

ArnieM added 18:29 - Jun 2
Brilliant : Congratulations Ladies , richly deserved. The Blues are on the up !

Bert added 20:18 - Jun 2
Well deserved. I’m sure the new Management Team at ITFC will see the wisdom of investing in the womens game.

Edmundo added 08:56 - Jun 3
I'd love to see a women's game held before a men's game one or two days a season.

Razor added 10:38 - Jun 3
Yup great news and well deserved-----and I believe Ed is also sponsoring their shirts?

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