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Southampton Women's have NEVER lost but Covid-19 has kept them trapped in the fourth tier... now the Saints are gearing-up to finally complete their Great Escape and charge to the top

The irony won’t have been lost on Southampton Women’s players as they settled in for another shutdown session.

They, like every team, have needed to find inventive ways to maintain solidarity at a social distance in recent months. And one method felt particularly apt.

‘We did escape rooms over Zoom,’ said manager Marieanne Spacey-Cale.

Southampton Women's team have been frustrated by Covid-19, which has stalled their progess

Not a concept that should need much explaining to her squad. Not when they have faced their own lock-in for the past two seasons. The only difference? Their players have made all the right moves and still the doors won’t open.