Hull City Ladies are finally back in action in against Middlesbrough Women in the Second Round of the Women’s Vitality FA Cup on Sunday.
It’s been 105 days since the Tigresses last game due to the National Lockdown but Hull City Ladies will travel to Middlesbrough aiming to book their place in the next round of the FA Cup.
The FA announced last month that the current FA Women’s National League will be null & void, with no further league games taking place. You can read more info about the curtailment & Danny Johnson’s open letter to our loyal supporters here.
With no league games being placed since December 21st 2020 and teams only being allowed to train from the 29th March, there isn’t much current form to be analysed.
Hull City Ladies have played 7 games, winning one, drawing two and losing four. The Tigresses have improved hugely over the last year and have played with determination and commitment for one and other this season. They secured a fantastic 2-1 victory over Sunderland Ladies at Haworth Park.
Then last away game the Tigresses 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.
It was a thrilling match at Eastwood Football Club, goals from Emily Smith and Rebecca Beech put the Tigresses two goals up, but goals from Annabel McKechnie and Rosie Axxten clinched a draw for Forest.
“We were absolutely class today, the best we’ve played, better then we played against Middlesbrough and Sunderland, that was a very good performance,” said Adi Costello.
The last meeting between the two sides, Hull City Ladies secured a well-deserved point on the opening game of the season away in a hard-fought game.
Ellie Tanser opened the scoring with a poached goal before Boro equalised through Libby Dixon.
The Tigresses were unlucky not to take all three points time in stoppage time. It was a great ball from Aaliyah Allen to Rebecca Beech who turned the defender inside and out and produced a cracking shot which was brilliantly saved by Rosie Todd who tipped into onto the woodwork which earned her side a draw.
Costello said after the game: “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.
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.”
Ones To Watch:
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.
With only team training starting on the 29th March, the Tigresses have trained well and first team manager Adi Costello and all the backroom team have prepared fantastically ahead of Sunday.
One to watch on Sunday’s game is once again the full team. There has been well worked goals, beautiful solo goals and some long range goals last year and the Tigresses will be working hard to make sure Sunday’s game isn’t the last game of the season.
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, 36 Amy Beech, 37 Scarlet Howard, 38 Tess Kirven, 39 Mollie Reaney, and 40 Megan Cooke
Hull City Ladies would like to thank every player, staff, supporter, volunteers for their efforts this season, in what has been a difficult year for many. We look forward to the FA Cup but also the upcoming FA Women’s National League.
We would also like to thank Wolds Engineering our main sponsor who has been fantastic this year.
Wolds Engineering Services have all the PPE essentials are available now to make your workplace or home safer, they sell: 3-ply high filtration masks 50 pack box, fold flat face mask FFP2 NR, 25 pack box onewipe™ antibac which is for household and industrial use, 100 wipes made to clean and disinfect all surfaces and hard surface and hand cleaner.
Website: https://woldsengineering.co.uk/ Contact: 01482 830335
Lastly, we would like to thank all our other sponsors and key partners for everyone’s support, effort and commitment this season it hasn’t gone unnoticed by anyone connected with the club and is greatly appreciated.
Date/Time: Sunday 4th April, 2PM.
Venue: Bedford Terrace
Tickets: Behind Closed Doors (Live updates via Twitter)