Hull City Ladies currently sit in 10th place with one win, two draws and three losses, but the Tigresses have improved under Costello this season and the team spirit, determination and commitment has been constantly high this season.
Hull City Ladies secured a fantastic 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough away on the opening day of the season, then the following week, clinched a brilliant 2:1 victory against Sunderland Ladies. The next three games, the Tigresses suffered three defeats against Huddersfield, Fylde and West Brom respectively.
Then last time out Hull City earned a hard fought 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest Women, despite conceding twice in stoppage time, under the circumstances it was still a fantastic and spirited Tigress performance.
Costello has praised the girls team spirit several times in his post match interviews.
Costello said (after Middlesbrough): “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.
Costello said (after Sunderland): “They’re superb, they have fantastic team spirit and are a fantastic team. One thing we try to get across is the, Andy Paul and even the young lads they are apart of the management is that the girls must believe, believe in what we’re telling them, believe in themselves and believe in their ability, they’re not poor players we just need to find a system that suits them and I think we’ve found one.
Costello said (after Fylde): “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.”
Costello said (after Nottingham Forest): “A completely different side to last week, same girls, I’m really pleased, they were absolutely incredible today and if you’re going to say who’s your player of the match, I couldn’t tell you, all 11 of them, well 14 they all give everything they have got.”
Established in 2001, Hull City Ladies have come a long way. Year after year, we have gone from strength to strength. We have improved on and off the field, something which cannot be done without our fantastic players, staff, fans, volunteers, sponsors and key partners.
During these difficult and testing times, we have learnt that everyone has come together to help people. Whether that is: players coming together online to keep active and together, to helping local foodbanks, to sponsors helping the community. We want everyone to continue to be safe, look after yourself, those close to you and to follow government guidelines..
We are thankful not only to our loyal fans but our key partners and sponsors who are all part of the Tigress family. We will always welcome any new support and hope to grow further with new partnerships, sponsors and fans across the city.
After the 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough, Costello said: “This week we’ve done a lot of work on how they play, the boys (Tommy & Matty) put a package together on all there players and told me exactly what they do, where they play and sent me YouTube clips, the analysts have done a really good job this week now they have put them under pressure as I now expect that every week.
“It’s the Hull City Ladies Revolution, get part of it, tell people in the City of Hull that you want to watch a good game of football then be part of this as these girls grafting and working so hard.”
Youth & Experience
Adi Costello has blended youth and experience well this season. Experienced players such as Katie Thompson, Captain Jo Symington, Ellice Jackman, Suey Smith, Ellie Tanser and top scorer Rebecca Beach have all been pivotal this season. Together they have racked up over 400 appearances for the Tigresses.
Costello had stated this season that age doesn’t matter if you’re good enough. “Whilst I am in charge we will give those that are good enough regardless of age a chance, we won’t throw them in without the support of all the staff.” Goalkeeper Abi Wallace has played in all but one game this season after making her debut one day after a 16th birthday. Aoife Brannigan came on the Tigresses at Fylde and Faith Martin made her debut after she came on for the injured Symington against Nottingham Forest.
After the Forest game, Costello said: “Debut for the 16-year-old girl coming back from an ACL injury, not played a competitive game maybe for a year now, she was quality, what a future that girl has got. Again Abi, a 16-year-old keeper, commended her box, she came out and collected everything, nothing she could have done for the goals – the two 16 year Old’s were class, let’s go find some more.”
After the Fylde game, Costello was full of praise for Brannigan. “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,” said Costello.
We are glad football fans watched three homes games at Haworth Park. We cannot thank everyone enough who has turned up to support the Tigresses. Hull City Ladies have adhered to COVID-19 guidelines and the safety of all players, staff, supporters, officials, and volunteers is of paramount importance to us.
Haworth Park has been a safe place for fans to watch live football, with special thanks to our Covid Officer, our staff, players, HRR Chairman and supporters who have all abided by the measures put in place. We look forward to the resumption of the season, when it’s safe to do so and look forward to being back playing in front of fans again.
COVID-19 has disrupted everyone lives in 2020. It is a challenging time for everyone, therefore we cannot lose sight of what is really important to us, the health and wellbeing of all. If we don’t want any further disruptions to football and our ‘normal lives’ then it is paramount that we stay safe and follow the guidelines.
We want everyone to look after each-other in this lock-down, prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now during these difficult times, it’s crucial to remember your mental health still matters.
The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in everyone’s lives, we remain positive and look forward to the future.
Join us for the exciting journey ahead and help us to leave a legacy that the people of Hull can be proud of, it’s called the “Tigress Way”.
Photos by Kevin Greene and Tony King