Hull City Ladies FC 2 – 0 Wakefield Trinity LFC
After 154 days, Hull City Ladies took to the field and clinched a 2-0 victory against Wakefield Trinity LFC in a pre-season friendly.
The Tigresses’ last game was 8th March against West Bromwich Albion, weather disruptions, FA scheduling hampered the season. Then COVID-19 ended the season abruptly. But after 22 weeks with no action and hard-work in pre-season training, HCLFC recorded their 1st win since January.
With the game behind closed doors both teams followed strict COVID-19 protocols and 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
It was a much-needed game for the Tigresses and to get minutes and match fitness was crucial as Hull City Ladies ramp up their preparations ahead of the upcoming season in the Women’s FA National League. It was also much-needed game time for Hull City Ladies Reserves who were narrowly beaten by Hull United Ladies 1-0.
Both teams raced out of the blocks early on as the two teams exchanged crucial field position. Captain Jo Symington carried on where she left off last year after her effort crashed against the bar in the 9th minute.
Hull City Ladies had excellent possession and were unlucky not to be at least one nill up after a succession of shots. Brilliant play from Emily Smith found Katie Thompson but her shot was fired straight at the keeper. Aaliyah Allen who was making her HLC debut found great space in the opposition’s box, but her effort was brought a great save from Trinity’s keeper.
Smith’s corner found Ellie Tanser but her header rattled off the crossbar. Wakefield’s defence held firm in the last 10 minutes of the first half. As good defence and excellent saves from the Wakefield’s keeper stopped Allen, Thompson, and Smith in their tracks, to keep the half-time score 0-0.
Adi Costello made 5 changes at half-time as debutant Bethany Padget sent her 40-yard thunderous effort just over the bar.
Wakefield had a golden chance to score but Ellice Jackman’s last-ditch tackled prevented the Tigeress’ going one-nil down. Minutes later Hull City Ladies made the Trinity defence pay. 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.
A spirited Wakefield pushed to get something out of the game as The Tigresses pushed to find more goals but both defences held out as HCLFC secured their first win of the season.
As hard-work continues on and off the field, join us for the exciting journey ahead and help us to leave a legacy that the people of Hull can be proud of “Tigress Way”. Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting news. Meanwhile our season passes have gone on sale, click here to buy yours now https://hullcityladies.bigcartel.com/product/hclfc-2020-21-season-pass
Scorers: Allen (68th) & Ackroyd (75th)
*Written by Alex Robinson
**Photograph by Kevin Greene, Kevin Greene Photography