Tigresses face back-to-back home games in the space of three days

Tom Griffin

The Tigresses will be hoping to get off the mark at the sixth time of asking when they host West Bromwich Albion Women at the Haworth Park Sports Facility – a venue change for this solitary fixture.

Rachel Gay’s side were scheduled to travel to Burnley Women last time out, however, torrential rain lead to a fixture cancellation.

This much needed rest and time to regroup after a 4-1 defeat to Stoke has enabled the squad to prepare for a hectic schedule which sees the Tigresses tackle three fixtures in a week.

After tasting defeat on the road for the fourth time in as many matches, Rachel Gay was quick to point out that defensive errors were the issue and felt everyone learnt a lot on a special occasion for the club.

“You talk about learning with every game, and we’ve learnt a lot today” said Rachel Gay in the wake of defeat to Stoke a fortnight ago. “I do think we are improving with every game and like I say, Stoke are a good outfit but unfortunately in the first half we just let ourselves down a little bit.”

The manager admitted that the performance levels and desire hasn’t been the issue, but gifting the ball to opposition has been a problem that has plagued the Tigresses this season.

Rachel Gay’s side could go along way to fixing that problem in the upcoming fixtures when they welcome back central midfield duo Emma Westmorland and Helen Lynskey to the ranks.

In a side that is heavily infiltrated with youthful exuberance, the Tigresses have certainly missed experienced heads in the centre of the park and with the fixture congestion posed in the coming week, returning players are certainly welcomed.

Nine points separates this weekends teams. West Brom are sat in a comfortable fifth position, a win would take City off the bottom of the table.

The visitors also had their fixture against Sheffield FC postponed last time out, however, it was certainly raining goals in their last match.

They thrashed Middlesbrough 8-0 on home turf with Jade Arber netting four.

Louis Sowe’s side are carrying on their positive form from last season; they were crowned convincing Champions of the FA Women’s National league division 1 midlands table winning 19 out of 20 games.

After hosting West Brom at Haworth Park, the Tigresses return to their Dransfield stadium home on Tuesday night to host Sheffield FC Ladies.

Even in the embryonic stages of the season, this fixture is already shaping up to be a relegation six pointer with both sides locked on 0 points.

Last time out, the visitors led twice against Loughborough Foxes but ultimately fell to a 3-2 defeat; Anna Renken scored the decisive goal.

If last season is anything to go by, this fixture should shape up to be a closely contested one. Sheffield finished one place and two points below the Tigresses last season.

Hull City Ladies vs West Bromwich Albion Women – Sunday 6th October, 2pm kick off

Hull City Ladies vs Sheffield FC Ladies – Tuesday 8th October, 7:45pm kick off