Southampton Women’s FC is delighted to announce that we will be playing our home games at the Bypass Stadium for the new season.
The Bypass Stadium home to Romsey Town of the Wessex League will now host the FA Women’s National League Division One side during the 2019/20 campaign.
After a series of negotiations, the twos clubs are delighted to confirm the partnership going forwards.
The ground has a current capacity of 1,500 with a clubhouse and refreshments bar for fans to purchase food and drinks during their visits to the ground.
First team manager Aaron Smith said: “All off-season we have all been working hard behind the scenes to secure a pitch for this coming season.
“We have looked at a few grounds, but Romsey really stood out to us as the family friendly club that we feel would generate the right atmosphere for us on match days.
“When you walk through the gates, you get a real sense of professionalism and I hope to instil this is in the players as we progress through the season.
“The town of Romsey doesn't have a senior women's team playing there and we are so pleased to be able to bring National League women's football to the Town.
“Everyone at the club has been so welcoming and I want to thank Clare and Phil for everything they have done and also praise Amanda and Elliott, at our club, whose hard work have helped secure this partnership with Romsey Town FC.”
Phil Rowland, Romsey Vice Chairman said: “We’re very proud to be hosting Southampton Women's FC at The Bypass Ground this season in what we hope will be a very successful year for them.
"The recent surge of interest in the women's game has never been higher and attracting a women's side that plays at the National League Division One standard is a real honour for us.
"This has been a long held ambition for us to have a successful women's team based in Romsey and we’re delighted that through this partnership we have started a journey which we all hope will be a very successful one both short and long term”
Southampton’s first match at Romsey will be the midweek pre-season friendly against Moneyfield on Wednesday, July 7th with the game kicking off at 7:45pm.
The first competitive game is on Sunday, August 25th as the club hosts Poole Town in the FA Women’s National League Cup, Determining Round.
Southampton Women's FC would like to extend their thanks to Blackfield & Langley for hosting us last season.
This new partnership does not affect our working partnership with Eastleigh FC and we will still be playing a selection of games at the Silverlake Stadium throughout the season.