Sunderland and Teesside women's football teams in action at Southern Areas Playing Fields.

Sunderland and Teesside women’s football teams in action at Southern Areas Playing Fields.

As the winter break brings university football to a halt, the women’s chairwoman is optimistic about new year after a difficult start to the season.

Chairwoman Emma Rowley believes that the break has come at good time for the squad: “The winter break is going to do us all good. We’ve got multiple injuries in the last few games, which has had an effect on the results.”

Without a win in the league, Rowley still believes that there are positives to the season so far: “Against Leeds we went behind three times and battled back every time. In that game we played our best football and deserved all three points, but getting the draw was good for the team, especially as key players picked up knocks.”

Rowley, who has played throughout this season, also believes that the squad can utilise the winter break to rest up and come back fitter. “Before our first game of the season, having a few training sessions will help us get back into the routine,” the versatile player continued.

Despite the results so far Rowley believes that the squad are “all good friends” and that “the atmosphere is excellent before and after games”. “Even though results haven’t gone our way so far, we know that everyone gives 100 per cent week in, week out.”

Rowley thinks next year will be a better year for the team and that they can use the games so far as experience: “We’ve played each team once now, so we know what to expect from them. We can use this to our advantage when it comes to tactics and team selections to get a better result next time round.”

“There’s still the opportunity for people to join women’s football. If you are looking for an active way to have some fun or looking for something competitive, we open to everyone.”

If you are interested in joining the women’s team feel free to email Emma Rowley at bg50us@student.sunderland.ac.uk.