Hull City Ladies were beaten 4-2 against Fylde Women in a game of two halves. It was a frantic first half with five goals with only one goal in the second as Fylde secured all three points.
It was an entertaining first half at Kellamergh Park. Jo Symington and Emily Smith with the goals for The Tigresses. Emily Hollinshead, Faye McCoy, Jodie Redgrave, and Jess Holbrook goals earned Fylde all three points.
Adi Costello said: “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, the fourth goal killed us. Everyone but the linesman could see that was offside.”
Fylde had the games opening chance in the fifth minute, Redgrave through ball put Hollinshead on goal and she made no mistake in scoring the game’s opening goal.
It was a fantastic response by the Tigresses just seven minutes later as they equalised. A dangerous corner was swung in, a goal-line scramble ensured but the ball treacled in to put Hull City Ladies back level.
It was a brilliant block by Symington moments later which went for as the Tigresses cleared the danger from the resulting corner.
Brilliant trickery from Emily Smith as she beat three players, she found Rachael Ackroyd but her cross narrowly missed a Tigresses player.
A big chance for The Tigresses to take the lead, good perseverance from Emily Smith finds herself 1on1 with the keeper but the keeper produced a good save.
Four minutes from half-time Fylde re-took the lead, Hollinshead beat the full-back and delivered a good cross as McCoy headed home.
It was another brilliant response from the Tigresses as they levelled the score just four minutes. It was a cracking goal and Hull City Ladies’ goal of the season so far. Emily Smith picked the ball up the halfway mark, beat the full defence and cooly slotted home from close range.
There was a stoppage after the Tigresses’ first goal as the keeper went off injured. Fylde retook the lead for a third time on the 49th minute. Holbrook’s through ball beat the offside trap and Redgrave’s close finish scored Fylde’s third goal and saw the scoreline at half-time 3-2 to the home side.
Flyde extended their lead on the 79th minute, it was good play from Fylde as Hollinshead sent Holdbrook through on goal. It was arguably off-side but Holdbrook rounded the keeper and finished with a simple tap in.
A chance for the Hull City Ladies in the closing minutes but Ackroyd cannot connect, as the Tigresses push for a goal but it wasn’t meant to be as HCL suffered their second consecutive defeat.
“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,” said Costello.
The Tigresses 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.
*Photograph by Kevin Greene
Jo Symington (12) Emily Smith (44)
1. Abigail Wallace 2. Eden Pederson 5. Ellice Jackman 9. Jo Symington 4. Emma Westmorland 15. Suey Smith 8. Ellie Tanser 7. Liberty Bott 12. Emily Smith 14. Katie Thompson 10. Rachael Ackroyd
Subs: Padget, Aoife, Allen, Cooke