Postponement after postponement leaves us with our next scheduled fixture to be at Home to Stanway on the 2nd of January. Whether that goes ahead remains to be seen. Some of the call offs have been for financial reasons, as restrictions not allowing us to open the club house which would make us rely solely on ticket sales to pay the match day expenses which could put the club in a difficult position. Other postponements have been due to players or staff from both opposition teams and, more recently, our own having to isolate or indeed have a Covid case within the set up. Some of the postponements have been late but, thankfully, always at least a day before the fixture is due to take place.
We took the opportunity to catch up with Joint Manager, Leon Moore and get his take on things;
"When me and Snelly took control of first team affairs, we only knew it was a matter time before covid restrictions would be eased and we all hoped normality would resume. How wrong were we?!
We’ve now had a total of 8 games postponed due to covid, and have managed to play 14 inc cup competitions. We were fortunate as a group not to experience any covid cases until early December, and would respect clubs decisions to not play games due to covid.
I suppose I never realised how much a covid case could effect a team.
We had one positive test in the squad in the December return and it resulted it 7 people having to self isolate and get tested. It certainly put into perspective about how serious and how quickly this virus can spread! It made us take a step back and look at the bigger picture and realise just how important people’s health is! Why should we put people and families at risk?
The main reasoning behind wanting to suspend December’s games is us as a group realising we can’t jeopardise people’s health or the chance to spend Christmas not isolating. Now I totally respect clubs who want to play games and understand their risk assessments must be clear and nullify the risk as much as physically possible.
Football wise this season has been part of a rebuild and looking at the bigger picture. We are blessed at Woodbridge to have a fantastic youth set up, a brilliant group of U18’s and a reserve team that are competitive on all fronts and win trophies. In regards to the first team we will continue to pursue with a brand of football that we feel in the long run will entertain you, and will be successful. Whilst trying to clock up as many points as possible on the way. There are several performances that have stood out this season so far, and one or two we’d rather forget. But as we continue to rebuild and right a few wrongs along the way,
I ask for you as supporters of the club to continue to get behind the lads. Your support so far this season has been great and I look forward to seeing you all in 2021.
I wish you all reading this a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."