ILKLEY Town Ladies football team manager Tony Gill has praised the special effort of 11 of his first team who have been working on the frontline throughout the pandemic.

Tony said: “It’s been quite a stressful time but these girls deserve special praise for working throughout with no complaints at all which is a huge testimony to their courage and character.

“I am immensely proud of the unselfish effort they have put in on the front line, and they deserve a special mention. Ilkley Ladies are a very close knit bunch and as a team we all would like to say a big thank you to them.”

The team are: Lauren Oxtoby, assistant Psychologist; Annie Postlethwaite, postwoman; Jade Cubitt, care support worker in Covid 19 ward; Lily Gazenley, Ilkley care home worker; Rebecca Gill, Chloe Dinsdale and Gemma Croft, school teachers;Daisy Taylor, and Beth Hirst, staff nurses in Covid ward; Olivia Boardman, supermarket team leader; Hanna Spivey, civil service in HMRC; Bethan Smith, care support worker in Covid 19 ward