Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion Women Vs Hull City Ladies F.C
All the information you need to know ahead of the Tigresses’ away tie against West Brom, this Sunday at 2 pm.
After Hull City Ladies defeat against top of the league and unbeaten side Sunderland Ladies last week, The Tigresses’ take on West Brom on Sunday 8th March, in a pivotal game.
Hull City Ladies are aiming to bounce back and secure victory which will move them two points behind West Brom.
West Brom Women currently sit in 10th place in the FA Women’s National League North, five points ahead of HLCFC. West Brom secured two places in finals this year, they’re in The County Cup Final after beating Sutton Ladies 7-0 and the National League Plate Final after clinching a 2-1 win against Plymouth Argyle L.F.C.
Hull City Ladies hadn’t played a game since 26th January, because of FA’s rescheduling, Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara. That game secured a hard-fought 2:1 victory against Fylde Ladies which moved HLCFC off the bottom of the FA Women’s National League North.
Last Sunday, Hull City Ladies suffered a 4-0 loss at The Dransfield Stadium against league leaders Sunderland Ladies. Sunderland who is unbeaten this year proved to be too clinical against The Tigresses’, taking their chances when they appeared. Goals from Georgia Gibson, Keira Ramshaw, Charlotte Potts and Neve Herron extended Sunderland unbeaten record in the league to 12 and moved them six points ahead of Derby County.
Rachael Ackroyd has been one of Hull City’s stand out performers this year. She has six goals in 13 games this year and she will be hoping for another good performance to help secure three vital points.
The last meeting between the two clubs ended in a 2:1 victory for Hull City Ladies which claimed The Tigresses’ first three valuable points.
After missing some golden opportunities and hitting the bar, Hull City Ladies made the pressure count when they were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time. Rachael Ackroyd made no mistake from the penalty spot, convincingly dispatching her penalty into the right corner. West Brom started the second half a revitalised team and made their second-half dominance count after capitalising on a Tigresses defensive mistake on the hour mark. Jade Arber punished the defence with a left-footed effort which trickled into the right corner.
Tempers flared up and in the 73rd minute, Trina Greaves was shown a straight red card and Hull City Ladies nearly made their advantage count minutes later. Ackroyd unselfishly squared the ball to Katie Thompson but an excellent challenge from Fran Orthodoxou stopped the Tigresses in their tracks.
However, Orthodoxou went from hero to villain 10 minutes later after she hacked Helen Lynskey down in the area conceding a penalty and a red card. Ackroyd penalty was a carbon copy of her first-half penalty as she edged Hull City back in the lead after slotting her penalty into the right corner. Both teams had golden chances to score within the last 10 minutes, but Hull City Ladies held out for an important 2:1 victory and on Sunday will aim to record the double over West Brom.
Venue: Wolverhampton University, Walsall Campus, Gorway Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 3EZ