After securing a well-deserved point away to Middlesbrough Women, Hull City Ladies start their home campaign on Sunday against Sunderland Ladies.
It will the Tigresses first game back in Hull after the club moved from The Dransfield Stadium to Haworth Park and will be the first FA Women’s National League game since 2nd March, 205 days ago. It’s also the first of two home games in the space of four days as City Ladies play Huddersfield Town Women three days later on Wednesday 30th.
Hull City Ladies clinched a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough Ladies last time out at Bedford Terrace. Ellie Tanser scored City Ladies opening goal after a dangerous corner was swung in and Tanser struck home from close range. Boro equalised through Libby Dixon 10 minutes later as HCL nearly picked up all three points after Rebecca Beech hit the post in stoppage time.
Costello said after the game “I’m pleased, away trip up to Boro, one of the top teams in the league, from the fingertips of Todd and the post we would have won it at the death but it was a great save.
We were unlucky at the end but I thought we played well, bet you most people would have said Hull at home that would have been an easy game but we’ve shown people today that it won’t be easy and we’re going to fight and fight to the 90th minute and beyond that, if they add time on, played well today.”
Sunderland Ladies first game of the season ended in defeat for the Black Cats as Burnley Women secured a 1-2 victory. Emily Scarr got a debut goal for Sunderland but Katie Thomas’ and Sarah Agger’s strikes for the visitors sent Burnley home with all three points.
The last game between the two sides was the Tigresses last home game. Hull City Ladies suffered a 4-0 loss against league leaders Sunderland Ladies, with the visitors unbeaten leading up to that game. The Black Cats extended their unbeaten record in the league to 12.
Ones to Watch
Costello said “Massive belief from the girls that unlike when I took over if we would have gone 1-0/2-0 down that would have been it, but now there’s a massive belief in the girls that until the final whistle goes we can score as we saw there, we were pushing for that winner.
After yesterday’s performance I need 18 trophies making, team graft and acknowledgment that the system will work made them all players of the match.”
Therefore, this weeks ones to watch will be the full team as the Tigresses look forward to two games at Haworth Park in four days. Season tickets are still on sale, support the Tigresses, Women’s football and come and watch football live at a safe and affordable price. Buy yours here.
1 Abi Wallace, 2 Eden Pedersen, 3 Meg Render, 4 Emma Westmorland, 5 Ellice Jackman, 6 Tillie Oxley, 7 Liberty Bott, 8 Ellie Tanser, 9 Jo Symington, 10 Rachael Ackroyd, 11 Rebecca Beech, 12 Emily Smith, 13 Sharla Cone, 14 Katie Thompson, 15 Suey Smith, 16 Harley Skinner, 17 Mary Lisle, 18 Aaliyah Allen, 19 Bethany Padget, 20 Abbey Frederiksen, 21 Alice Stewart, 22 Jess Burton, 23 Holly Johnson-Collier, 24 Emily Spence, 25 Florence Pegrum, 26 Annabel Williams, 27 Maddie Blundell, 28 Aoife Brannigan, 29 Ace Kelly, 30 Jennifer Randall, 31 Faith Martin, 32 Lily Tankard, 33 Lucy McIntosh, 34 Lucy Warner-Bull, 35 Emma-Leigh Innes, 36 Amy Beech, 37 Scarlet Howard, 38 Tess Kirven, 39 Mollie Reaney, and 40 Megan Cooke
Harley Skinner limped off at Sunday’s game, late on with the injury, with Costello hopefully it’s nothing too serious. Florence Pegrum is a welcomed addition for Costello as she is now back in contention having served her suspension.
“We’ve had a hard start to the season, Sunderland and Huddersfield but again who is going to be an easy game, we get a few of our suspended players back and that’s another bonus, we’re at that stage now that we’re saying to ourselves I’ve got 20 first teamer’s but can only have 18, I’ve got the dilemma of good players coming back and looking forward to that,” said Costello.
Date/Time: Sunday 27th September, 2 pm.
Venue: Haworth Park Sports Facility, Dawson Dr, Hull HU6 7DY
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*Written by Alex Robinson
**Photograph by Kevin Greene