After 164 Hull City Ladies finally played in front of a crowd at Haworth Park to secure a 3:1 victory over Barnsley Women. First team manager Adi Costello describes the player’s attitude as excellent as the Tigresses came from behind to clinch victory deep into injury time.

Adi Costello said: “I’m really pleased, let’s start by thanking Barnsley, as a team they were superb, they give us a good test today and that’s what we needed, we’ve played Harrogate and Wakefield but we’re going for teams that are closer in leagues to us, we needed that test and Barnsley gave us that test.”

With the FA Women’s National League starting one month day. Preparations are well underway as pre-season games are for working on defence/attacking possession, gaining match fitness, and working on match tactics; not about winning or losing according to first-team manager Adi Costello.

Tough competition awaits Hull City Ladies on the 20th September, as Costello is not getting too carried away with pre-season victories but the Tigresses are heading in the right direction.

“We’ll continue to play different ways, test the girls. We’ve got to challenge the girls, we can’t make it easy for them in pre-season, can’t give them the false belief that the season will be easy as it won’t be, it will be hard, there’s not going to be easy games, so don’t give them false belief, we’ve got to keep working hard, let them come through them challenges, I was pleased, I’m really pleased with the way pre-season is going,” said Costello.

Hull City Ladies went one-nil down in the first half but throughout the match, the Tigresses created chances upon chances. Thompson floated cross/shot looped over the keeper put the Tigresses back in the game. Liberty Bott was in the right place at the right time as she latched on to the ball to strike home to give Hull City Ladies a winner on the 91st-minute mark and Rebecca Beach sealed the win as she slotted in HCL’s third goal of the match.

You can read the match report from Sunday’s game here, and can read Club Ambassador Carol Thomas thoughts here!

Winning is nice in pre-season but gaining match fitness and working on tactics is vital according to Costello. “We went behind one-nil, was a bit of a fluke, don’t know how it went in but our first goal was equally as a fluke so 1-1 but I think we did dominate the game, we put chances upon chances together.

We kept to our ethics, on how we want to play, this is what we want to do so because it’s pre-season, there are no points today, no contracts are going to be awarded, no cups no league positions. Let’s put into practice what we want to do,” said Costello.

With the season starting on the 20th September, pre-season is underway and the Tigresses are showing excellent attitude, something which pleases Costello.

“We kept trying to put things into place and when it comes to the season it becomes natural, I’m pleased, what pleases me more is the girls’ attitude, they’re a team, they’re together.

Regardless of the result today they would have still been together and I think the people who paid to come today, would have seen a team that is all pulling in the same direction, all with the same belief, all with the same attitude,” said Costello.

“We brought six subs on at half-time, it doesn’t make us any worse, we have a squad where any of the 18 players can play, there will be changes, it’s only early doors, three pre-season games, we’ve got four weeks till the season. We’re not going play the same way every game regardless of who we play. We have different ways of playing, this week was different from last week.”

It was fantastic to see fans once again cheering on the Tigresses. With temperature checks upon entry, track and trace, hand sanitising stations, and social distancing being maintained, Haworth Park is a friendly and safe place to see elite football live. We look forward to welcoming everyone throughout the season!

“It’s great to see fans back, it means a lot to the girls, football without fans isn’t the same, not going to say it’s nothing as we can play without fans but it’s not the same, you want fans to come, young girls are going around and getting autographs, they’re future player, six, seven-year-old fans and hopefully they will be a future player.

You want those people in the ground, you want to involve them. You want to give them the opportunity to develop and go play in local leagues, go onto academy and be the best they can be,” said Costello.

Come and support both Tigresses teams against our Yorkshire rivals, on the 30/08/20, as we welcome Bradford Ladies to Haworth Park, 2 pm KO. Our reserves also play at Haworth Park at the same time, on the other pitch, against Bradford Ladies Reserves.

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*Written By Alex Robinson

*Interview done by Sam Shepherd

*Photograph by Kevin Greene, Kevin Greene Photography