Hull City Ladies FC take on Merseyrail, this Sunday at the Easy Buy Stadium, in the FA Women’s National League. The Tigresses 13th game of the season and looking to get back to winning ways,
In a goalless draw on a difficult pitch during the teams last meeting, Sunday’s game sets up for a thrilling game with all to play for.
Merseyrail currently sit 11th in the league, 11 points behind the Tigresses. They have won one, drawn four and lost ten.
Merseyrail’s first win was two weeks after the goalless draw against Hull City Ladies, goalscorer Charlotte Tyers ensured the team picked up all three points at the Horsfall Stadium against Bradford City in a big relegation battle
Hull City Ladies last game was a frustrating draw against Middlesbrough at the Easy Buy Stadium.
In his post match assessment, manager Chris Hames described the game as ‘Feeling like a loss’ and described the team as a “talented group but something isn’t clicking at the moment”
Many positives came from the frustrating draw, newly promoted from the reserve team Lauren Wentworth made her senior team debut, coming on for Katie Thompson.
“Lauren making her debut was great to see, she’s trained really well when we’ve asked her to step up, opportunity presented to herself today and she’s done really well, and really unlucky not to get the goal at the back post,” Chris said.
Some stand out performances from Helen Lynskey and was unlucky not to see her name on the score sheet after a great game, followed by HCL’s top goalscorer for the season Hope Knight having another good game.
Chris Hames said: “Helen had a great game, she was unlucky herself not to score, Hope was fantastic her shot led to the goal and there were some great efforts/crosses she put into the box that we should be scoring.
You can read the full match report here!
Last Time Out:
The last meeting of these two teams was a game of missed chances seeing the game end in a 0-0 draw at the Kirklands Stadium.
A clean sheet recorded for Hull City Ladies but came away with the points shared, having had several chances to come away with all three points.
Hull City Ladies started the game off strong but were unable to score which allowed Merseyrail to grow into the game. As the game progressed so did the chances created from both teams, the more favourable coming from the away side and were unlucky not to walk away the victory. As Chris Hames was slightly disappointed with the result.
“We let ourselves down when we went there, difficult pitch and difficult day, so we know what to expect and we’ve got to start getting wins at home, I think we’ve only had two all year. It doesn’t matter about opposition or the environment, it’s about getting wins at home and making this place something special and us building on that”, Chris said.
One to watch
Some stand out performances in recent weeks, but Sunday’s one to watch is Katie Thompson. Katie was Hull City Ladies Player of The Month for January and has now scored three goals in the last four games.
Linking up fantastic with Hope Knight, Helen Lynskey, Rachael Ackroyd and Emily Smith, Katie has put in some great performances within recent weeks and will look to add another goal this Sunday.
Date: Sunday 19th February , 2PM KO
Ground: Barton Town FC, Easy Buy Stadium, Off Pasture Road, Barton Upon Humber, DN18 5RL
Tickets: Buy here!
Photos from Kevin Greene