Tom Griffin

Hull City Ladies carried on their winless away streak this season by going down to a five star Nottingham Forest Women display.

Forest talisman Precious Hamilton notched a hat-trick to take her impressive goal tally to 18 goals in 10 games this season.

The hosts struck three goals either side of the interval to put the game out of the visitors reach.

The opening exchanges were mainly dominated by the hosts. The Tigresses were unable to grasp hold of possession and were often dispossessed, a key feature throughout the full match.

The home side hammered home their early surge when Precious Hamilton scored inside 7 minutes.

Hamilton was slotted through by Rayner in the area; she did well to hold off challenges from Amy Wilson and an on rushing Megan Cooke, before opening up space to strike into the left corner.

The Tigresses high defensive line was punished by the same culprit minutes later when the visitors gifted possession to the home side.

Fisher slipped a well-weighted pass through to Hamilton who drilled the ball underneath Megan Cooke to double the hosts lead.

When the Tigresses kept the ball they were able to fashion a couple of half-chances.

In the 18th minute they registered their first shot on target. Helen Lynskey found rare space in the Forest final third and struck an effort from 25 yards with Aguirre on hand to save.

After the Tigresses fashioned a rare first half opportunity, the hosts took control of proceedings with Rayner being an instrumental figure in the attacking third.

Forest threatened to add a third from a set play; Rayner’s floated corner found a rising Hamilton who could only steer her header wide of the target.

The home sides inability to take the game away from the Tigresses added fuel to a resurgence.

City pulled one back on the half hour mark through Harley Skinner. Ellie Tanser’s strong tackle ricocheted into the path of Ackroyd, her well-weighted pass set Emily Smith away and she cut back for Skinner who side-footed past Aguirre.

The Tigresses were unable to use this goal to grasp a foothold in the match and the home side continued to exploit defensive deficiencies down City’s left side.

They nearly restored their two goal cushion when Tillie Oxley’s lapse in concentration gifted Hamilton possession.

The Forest forward found herself in acres of space but fortunately snapped at her attempt that allowed Cooke to comfortably save.

The away side were dealt many warning signs in the first half and were punished on the stroke of half time by a superb Precious Hamilton who netted her hat-trick goal.

Warner made inroads down the right and slid across the box into Hamilton; she fended off Amy Wilson and improvised with a clever back heel which outfoxed Megan Cooke in the Tigresses net.

Forest weren’t done there and were awarded a penalty deep into added time; Amy Wilson was adjudged to have handled a Dalton cross.

Bolu Fisher stepped up and struck convincingly into the right corner for her first goal of the season.

The opening exchanges of the second half began in the same vein as the first with Forest coming out all guns blazing and pressing the Tigresses into defensive mistakes.

Forest’s aggressive press throughout the game was demonstrated perfectly with their fifth goal minutes after the interval; Rayner pressed Amy Wilson into losing possession and rifled her opportunity into the top right corner.

Although the Tigresses were unable to fashion many clear cut opportunities, there was an improved shape about the side and one that could withstand Forest’s live-wire forward line.

After the goal, there wasn’t much action to write about until the Tigresses grabbed their second goal of the afternoon on the hour mark.

Jo Symmington’s teasing cross met the rising Rachael Ackroyd who powered her header firmly beyond Aguirre.

Forest nearly added a sixth in the 88th minute when substitute Middleton connected with a cross inside the box that clattered off the upright.

A third Tigresses goal never came and they had to settle for a 5-2 defeat. City have certainly put in worse performances this season and they can take positives from how they equipped themselves in that second half.

Tigresses line-up: Cooke, Oxley → Pegrum( 62’), Wilson, Jackman, Symmington, Hughes → Westmorland (36’), Tanser, Lynskey → Blundell (78’), Smith, Skinner, Ackroyd

Subs: Cone, Pegrum (62’), Westmorland (36’), Blundell (78’) Frederiksen