Fylde Women secured all three points against Hull City Ladies with a 4-2 victory at Kellamergh Park, a game which was played behind closed doors with no fans in attendance.
Adi Costello said: “It was good to see football continue, Fylde have done a brilliant job, the pitch was fantastic with the rain we had, it’s an incredible pitch, it’s good football has been played, you have to play football.”
The Tigresses levelled the scoring twice during the games from Jo Symington’s and Emily Smith’s goals but Emily Hollinshead, Faye McCoy, Jodie Redgrave, and Jess Holbrook goals earned Fylde all three points.
“Fylde were a very good side today, they had a game plan and stuck to it. They moved the ball very quickly, we found it difficult in the first half to get a grip of them, in the second half we matched them, fourth goal killed us, everyone but the linesman could see that was offside, maybe the linesman needs to keep up with play a little better because that was clearly offside,” said Costello.
Disappointed at the fourth goal been giving, Costello admitted the Tigresses were beaten by the better side and preparations were unfortunate for the team.
“But we were beaten by the better side it doesn’t help when at half-past 9 on a Saturday you get two messages from two players saying they are feeling unwell, both left-footed, both wing-backs we had to play Liberty as a wing-back so we missed her in the centre of midfield, she is a centre of a midfield player and she is quality there we had to make a lot of changes it didn’t suite us to be honest, and we didn’t use the width today we lost it too many times”
Despite suffering a second consecutive defeat there were many positives to take out of the game according to Costello.
“There are some many positives to take, one thing out of all it, is to look at the girls’ work rate, you cannot complain about the work rate last year I would have complained like mad.
Another positive was Aoife Brannigan who came up from the reserves, I called her last night at 10 pm to tell her can you come and play for the first team. She came in and I thought she played really well and I’ve said to her you can train with the first team because she needs to she was quality today she might go back to the reserves but she needs to step up and train for the first team.”
The Tigresses responded excellently twice after Fylde scored, seven minutes and four minutes respectively after their goal.
A dangerous Symington corner was swung in, a goal-line scramble ensured but the ball treacled in to put Hull City Ladies back level. Hull City Ladies second goal was fantastic and probably not going to see one better this season. Emily Smith picked the ball up the halfway mark, beat the full defence and cooly slotted home from close range. As Costello was delighted with both goals
“Emily Smith goal was fantastic our first goal was fantastic, a little bit of naivety at times with the defending but lot’s of positives, we didn’t play as well as we can but under the circumstances with no left wing-back but we played as well as we could have.”
Hull City Ladies now turn all their attention and focus to the upcoming weeks as they regroup & go again next week away to Burnley Women before playing West Brom Women at Haworth Park on Sunday 18th October.
“Another long trip, on our day and with our players fit, we’ll give Burnley a good go, today if would have had left-footed wing-back instead of using a centre midfield player, we’ll probably have been a different prospect as we didn’t use the width as we did against Sunderland and Middlesbrough,” said Costello.
*Photograph by Kevin Greene – Kevin Greene Photography