After five months and one day, Hull City Ladies took to the field and secured a 2-0 victory against Wakefield Trinity LFC in a pre-season friendly and Head Coach Adi Costello was pleased with his players tactics and performance as the Tigresses picked up crucial match fitness.
Adi Costello said: “It was the 1st game since March and we’ve brought some players in, as we said before the start of the game we’re only going to be working on our defensive shape and possession, we want to work on how we look when we haven’t got the ball and ball is in their final third, in the middle third and our defensive third.
I thought we did that quite well., our defensive shape for most of the game was very very good.”
With the Tigresses’ last game coming on the 8th March against West Bromwich Albion, and COVID-19 ending the season and delaying pre-season. Match fitness was crucial according to Costello.
“A lot of girls need match fitness, they know that I know that, the girls haven’t played, you can train as many times as you want but you won’t get match fitness till you actually play in games,” said Costello.
After 22 weeks with no action and hard-work in pre-season training, HCLFC recorded their 1st win since January.
Costello said: “So playing games is good, we were under hitting passes, we were over hitting passes but it’s the 1st game and next week we’ll probably work on something totally different but this week the defence was good”
Hull City Ladies recorded a two-nil win thanks from goals from debutant Aaliyah Allen and Rachael Ackroyd.
Florence Pegrum floated in an inch-perfect cross and debutant Allen made no mistake scoring the games opening goal on the 68th-minute mark. Just seven minutes later, Hull City Ladies doubled their lead. Good play from Liberty Bott saw her 20-yard effort saved by the keeper but Rachael Ackroyd was on hand to tap in the rebound from point-blank range.
The performance pleased Head Coach Costello and he was relieved the Tigresses played football even if it was a strange feeling seeing our loyal supporters and key partners not there. We hope we will be back playing in front of fans in the near future. It was the first game at our new ground Haworth Park. You can read more on our move to Haworth Park here
“Most of the time our defensive shape I thought was decent. Their goalkeeper I thought was absolutely superb, she made four point-blank saves in the first half, It was good for us, absolutely fantastic for us and I really appreciate Wakefield for coming and giving us a game at such short notice.
Gives our girls a run out before the season and to think we hadn’t played today and wait till next week that’s another week we’ve missed out on without a game so it was good,” said Costello.
*Written by Alex Robinson
**Photograph by Tony King in Association with Kevin Greene Photography.