City show depths to earn important win

For those that were there, no one will believe you when you tell them how the start of the game unfolded. Inside the first 6 minutes Ellice Jackman and Ruby Dawson had to be substituted due to injury – this followed on from the news that Amy Wilson missed out due to an injury sustained on Sunday morning. 10 minutes in and the back 4 consisted of a Symington cameo at Centre half, Louise Dealtry-Todd (on her first first team game back since December 2022) and Lib Bott were makeshift full backs around the calming presence of a yet-to-turn 18, Kahlen Watters. City restructured and started from scratch. They had to come from a goal down and had to earn the win

Facing an uphill challenge – literally – and adjusting from the early changes not many chances were created in the first half. That uis until the stroke of half time. On 45 minutes, a mistake at the back was pounced on by the Town forward, who slotted in Hockaday who powered home

Two minutes later, City responded. A killer ball from Brookes, working out of tight spaces, found the movement from Lynskey who slotted beneath the onrushing keeper to score her 15th of the season

Having regrouped at half time, City came out ready to hunt. Within 2 minutes of the restart City had already had one chance denied, and scored another. A drilled pass from Dealtry-Todd found Brookes, hooking the ball in to Copsey who beat the offside trap and did enough to send it over the line despite being cleaned out in the process

From the kick off City had a chance again. Ackers press and forced the ball in to Tanser who strode forward – a neat 1-2 with Brookes and her effort fizzed just over the bar

Neat build up to set away Lynskey down the right. The cross flew in and the Town keeper did well to divert it away from the head of Brookes. The follow up from Bott fell to Ackroyd who hammered the effort over the bar

Similar play then gave City their chance for a 3rd. Lynskey broke down the left, drawing the challenge from the defender in the box and winning the penalty. Tanser stepped up and slotted home for a Captains goal for Hull City

Hunt had two good opportunities from corners to put the game beyond doubt for the visitors

Wallace comfortably saved a late Town chance from range

City are back in action this Sunday, travelling to local side, Leeds United

Wallace; Dawson (Copsey), Watters, Jackman (Bott), Symington; Hunt, Tanser, Dealtry-Todd (Oxley), Ackroyd (Crawshaw); Brookes, Lynskey