Much improved Tigresses register comfortable away win

Hull City Ladies got back to winning ways today as they registered a comfortable 3-1 away win at Bradford City Women. After putting in a poor display last week the Tigresses were much better today and could have scored more goals.

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Minutes silence observed before kick off

Rachael Ackroyd started up front today and she had the first chance after just three minutes. She latched onto a long ball forward, beating the advancing goalkeeper to the ball, but her shot went agonisingly wide. It wouldn’t be long before the Tigresses took the lead though. In the 8th minute Emily Smith was free on the right and she hit a shot that was cleared off the line and eventually went for a corner. Amy Blinkhorn delivered an excellent cross and Amy Kay rose highest to power a header past the goalkeeper and into the top corner to give the Tigresses a 1-0 lead.

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Tigresses celebrate the opening goal

Two minutes later City almost doubled their lead again from a Blinkhorn corner. This time it was Knight who met the cross with a header but it went wide of the left hand post. After dominating the opening 15 minutes the Tigresses almost conceded an equaliser. A shot from the edge of the box was heading for the bottom corner but Amy Halloran did well to get down quickly to tip the shot around the post.

After that warning City started to push on again and Hope Knight had another chance. Meg Render found her with a precise through ball but with a goalkeeper baring down on her Knight could only hit her shot wide. At the other end Bradford came close again this time Amy Halloran could only watch as a shot from a free kick bounced off her crossbar and away to safety.

The game had been end to end for a while but the Tigresses slowly took control of the match again and doubled their lead in the 37th minute. Rachael Ackroyd was released by a through ball yet again and just as she got her shot away she was brought down by goalkeeper and the referee gave a penalty. Ackroyd needed a goal and she stepped up to take the penalty. She fired the penalty past the keeper but she was asked to take it again as the keeper wasn’t on her line. Ackroyd went the same way but her powerful shot was far too good for the keeper and it found the top corner to make it 2-0.

The Tigresses should have made it 3-0 before half time. Emily Smith saw a shot parried and it fell to Knight who was unmarked in the box. Unfortunately she lent back and got too much on the shot so the ball flew over the bar.

HT Bradford City Women 0-2 Hull City Ladies

Once the second goal went in late in the first half the Tigresses looked in complete control of the game and they kept the pressure on Bradford at the start of the second half. Jo Symington was denied by a fine save in the 48th minute after she hit a powerful shot across the goalkeeper who got a strong hand to it to push it away from danger. Amy Blinkhorn was the next to work the goalkeeper when she hit a shot from 20 yards but it was straight at the keeper who made a simple save.

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Mollie Lunn battles for a header in the box

Hope Knight was running the defence ragged in the number ten role and her distribution to the wingers and Ackroyd up front was good she was just missing a goal. Her next chance was all her own making and it would have been a great goal. She picked up the ball in midfield and as she reached the edge of the box she turned her marker inside out and as she turned she hit a shot that went inches wide of the right hand post.

Knight finally got the goal she deserved in the 67th minute to seal the win. Ackroyd did well to turn her marker and her pass picked out Knight who came steaming onto the ball in the middle of the box and left the Bradford defenders for dead. She fired home a first time shot and it was good to see her cap a fine performance with a goal. 3-0

20181104_152508Bradford are rooted to the bottom and low on confidence so the result was clear even in the first half but to their credit they kept going and scored a consolation goal in the 80th minute. A shot from 30 yards took everyone by surprise as it dipped and found the back of the net despite Halloran getting a hand to it. It was a great goal to make it 3-1 and Bradford almost scored again just two minutes later. This time a shot went wide of Halloran’s post but the striker should have buried it and that would have made the last few minutes very nervy for the Tigresses.

City got their foot back on the ball and controlled the rest of the game to register a comfortable away win.

FT Bradford City Women 1-3 Hull City Ladies

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Tigresses warm down after today’s win

After the performance at Guiseley last week this was just what the Tigresses needed. They played their usual style again today and got the passing game going to good effect. They exploited the sluggish Bradford defence with through balls that resulted in countless chances and on another day City could have scored six or seven. The Tigresses are now on 13 points and with some winnable games to come they will hope to be safe by Christmas, today’s win was a big step towards that.

As mentioned earlier it was a much better performance today from everyone but our Player of the Match award goes to Hope Knight. The Bradford defence couldn’t deal with her and she looked a constant threat on the break. She got the goal she deserved in the second half taking her total to 6 for the season. A mention also has to go to Meg Render who was back in the starting line-up today and she had a solid game at right back giving Bradford no joy down their left hand side and she was a threat going forward too.

We spoke to City Ladies Manager Rachel Gay after the game and you can watch the video below,

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Under-par Tigresses make it easy for Vixens

Hull City Ladies fell to a 3-1 defeat away at Guiseley Vixens today in what was arguably their worst performance of the season. It really was a bad day at the office for the Tigresses despite taking an early lead. 

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The game got off to the perfect start for City Ladies as they opened the scoring after just three minutes. Hope Knight hit a cross/shot from the left hand side that looped over the keeper and into the net giving the Tigresses an early 1-0 lead.

Knight and Symington celebrate the opener

Just two minutes later Knight should have scored again. Amy Blinkhorn played a brilliant through ball to her and suddenly Knight only had the keeper to beat. She was denied by a great save but Hope will have been disappointed not to score and double the Tigresses lead.

From then on the rest of the half was all Guiseley. They had a goal disallowed for offside in the 11th minute and a few minutes later Amy Halloran was left in no mans land and could only watch as a shot looped over her head but thankfully it went wide. Guiseley were suddenly well on top and got their equaliser in the 25th minute. An error at the back allowed Guiseley to bare down on goal. Amy Halloran was on hand to save the first shot and the rebound but she couldn’t prevent Liv Auker firing home at the third attempt from the edge of the box. 1-1

Harley Skinner had her first real chance to run at the Guiseley defence in the 33rd minute. She was found in space and did well to cut inside her marker and feed Misty Russell. Russell hit a first time shot from the edge of the box that took a deflection and fell to Hope Knight but she was offside.

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Struggled at times: Harley Skinner

Just as it looked like the Tigresses would be level at the break the Vixens took the lead and deservedly so. A corner from the left was met by Jodie Hunter whose header cannoned in off the back post. That was a big blow to City Ladies who despite not being at their best would have taken the positives had they gone in level at Half Time.

HT Guiseley Vixens 2-1 Hull City Ladies

Taking the lead just before Half Time gave the home side real impetus and they continued to dominate early in the second half. Amy Halloran was forced into a one on one save in the 56th minute, unfortunately that was a sign of things to come as Guiseley scored their third just three minutes later. It was all too easy for Guiseley as Emma Samways was put through on goal and this time, despite getting a hand to the shot, Halloran couldn’t keep it out and the Vixens led 3-1.

It wasn’t until the Tigresses went 3-1 down that they really took the game to Guiseley. Rachael Ackroyd was introduced from the bench and she provided energy up front. She almost got City back in the game in the 68th minute when she looked to prod home a cross from the left but she was just beaten to it by the goalkeeper.

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Guiseley still looked in control but the Tigresses had the next chance in the 76th minute. Emily Smith did well down the right before cutting a pass back to Knight in the box but she could only hit a shot over the bar. The Tigresses carved out a similar chance a few minutes later. This time Ackroyd pulled a pass back to Jo Symington at the edge of the box. She took a touch to get away from her marker but unfortunately her shot was deflected over the bar. That would have been a great goal and would have got the Tigresses right back in the game.

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Unlucky: Jo Symington

The result never looked in doubt but the Tigresses kept trying to find a goal and had a couple of chances in stoppage time. Substitute Meg Calvert rose well to meet a corner from the left but could only send her header wide. The final chance fell to Ackroyd with almost the final touch of the game. A shot from Rebecca Beech looped up and Ackroyd met it with a header that was brilliantly saved low to her left by the Guiseley goalkeeper. That summed the game up really, Guiseley were close to their best while the Tigresses were far from theirs.

FT Guiseley Vixens 3-1 Hull City Ladies 

As manager Rachel Gay said afterwards this was a bad day at the office for City Ladies. They were off the pace across the pitch and made life too easy for Guiseley. Make no mistake Guiseley played well, with lots of energy and they seemed to just be a yard quicker than City today. Amy Blinkhorn had a decent game in midfield but unfortunately it was one of those days when you struggle to give a Player of the Match award. The Tigresses will need to regather and look to bounce back next week as they travel to bottom of the table Bradford City Ladies.

We spoke to Manager Rachel Gay after the game and you can watch the video below,

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North Ferriby United: A Club on the brink

These are dark times at the club I love. That may sound dramatic but sadly it’s true, Just a few short years after the most successful period in the clubs history North Ferriby United are on the brink of extinction.

They say two weeks is a long time in football and that has proven to be true in the last fortnight. No sooner had 360 people attended the Non-league day fixture against Stafford Rangers, thanks to the sterling efforts of the several supporters who promoted the day, did we learn that the clubs manager Chris Bolder had been sacked.

Chris is a hero at our club who achieved great things in a green and white shirt. He took on the role of managing the team he loved under the most difficult of circumstances and despite uniting a young and inexperienced dressing room he was given the boot. I would challenge Sir Alex Ferguson to do a better job than Chris was doing with that squad but he was sacked anyway. If that wasn’t enough of a kick in the teeth just a few days later the worst kept secret in East Yorkshire was exposed.

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Sacked: Chris Bolder

It seems clear now that Carl Chadwick was not the owner of the club and he never was. It was all a lie, he is simply fronting the club for the poisonous retch Jamie Waltham who has brought this club to it’s knees. The inevitable Dunswell rumours resurfaced and yesterday we learned the shocking news that an official name change application has been made to the FA to rename the club “East Hull FC” for the 2019/20 season onwards with the inevitable move to Dunswell to coincide with this. Our club is just the latest on an infuriatingly long list of clubs being torn apart by owners who frankly don’t have a clue, don’t give a toss about heritage and history and are only in it for their own selfish reasons.

Reading the news made my stomach churn, how has it gone so wrong so quickly? Just three short years ago I had my greatest day as a football fan, watching Ferriby win an epic FA Trophy Final at Wembley against Wrexham. This was footballing utopia for us but it would also prove to be the biggest missed opportunity in the the history of the club.

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Ferriby’s greatest day…. Little did we know

Over 3000 Ferriby “fans” went to Wembley yet by the end of that season we were back down to attendances of just over 300 home fans at the then Eon Visual Media Stadium and that spoke volumes. The club never managed to capitalise on the success and despite gaining promotion to the Conference Premier the following season, a feat many never thought possible,the crowds never really improved. Steve and Eman Forster decided they could do no more and decided to stop putting money into the club and the decline has been rapid since then.

No one celebrated in the clubhouse after the playoff final win over Fylde. It was the strangest experience I have ever had, what should have been the party of the century felt more like a wake as we all already knew that great team would be broken up and so it proved to be. Since that fateful day the club has lurched from one disaster to another. It was hoped we would pick up many disenchanted Hull City fans in the wake of their name change battle, just look at FCUM and how successful they were but the sad fact was with an Allam running Ferriby that was never going to happen and once they stopped putting money in that was the beginning of the end.

Back to back relegation have followed, the second under the stewardship of Waltham whose ridiculous rants and threats did nothing but damage the club. Albeit on a much smaller scale the Ferriby fans made it as clear as the City fans did that they did not want the heritage of their club to be messed with and Waltham finally “walked away” in the summer with his Dene Park plans shelved. Carl Chadwick came in and in a meeting with fans he said “Jamie is my mate, but I would never do business with him”, we were all taken in, a breath of fresh air had come to get us back on track. I feel stupid now for falling for it.

Waltham was always lurking in the background and he now it seems he has emerged from the shadows to press forward with his plans to uproot the club and move it to Dunswell. Now he wants to compound that by ripping the heart out of the club and calling it “East Hull FC”. Dene Park isn’t even in East Hull which sums Waltham up really but that isn’t the point. If his plans are accepted and go ahead North Ferriby United will be dead. 84 years of history will be torn to pieces and one of non-league footballs real gems will be gone forever. We will fight this, like the City fans did a few years ago, and we can only hope the FA see sense and reject these proposals.

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Lurking in the shadows: Jamie Waltham

Even if the move is blocked Waltham will still be in charge and a third relegation on the trot looks inevitable even with the clubs all time top scorer Gary Bradshaw returning under another Ferriby legend Paul Foot who has replaced Bolder. The club needs help and quickly from someone who cares and wants to make Ferriby the club it once was again. Under Les Hare the club was a great place to be. It felt like a family with an infectious friendly proper football atmosphere. Those days seem like ancient history right now.

Time and again fans of the club have tried to drum up more support and it has largely fallen on deaf ears, especially amongst resident of the Village itself. That in some ways has led to this because Jamie Waltham would never have been involved otherwise. He had an easy excuse to move the club due to the lack of supporters at games but that doesn’t make it any less painful for the 150-200 die hards who have been going to Ferriby for years.

Waltham never wanted to help the club, he bought the club’s league position and then tried to move it to Dunswell. If he wanted to help the team he would have given Chris Bolder a budget he could have at least competed with but with the peanuts he was provided with Chris was effectively trying to knock out Anthony Joshua with both hands tied behind his back and his shoelaces tied together.

As I said at the start, these are dark times and right now it’s hard to see a positive outcome. I for one will not be following Waltham’s East Hull side and I hope no true North Ferriby United fan sets foot in Dene Park if the move goes ahead. Make no mistake we will fight this all the way. The club means too much to us for us to let this go ahead but right now we need some sort of divine intervention to get us out of this mess.

I have had some of the best days of my life following North Ferriby United but right now the club really is on the brink and that is truly, devastatingly sad.

#NoToDunswell #NoToEastHullFC

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City Season Shorts –The only way is up?

It’s an optimistic title but as City are sitting rock bottom we have to hope and pray that the only way is up in the coming weeks. Here’s our thoughts on the latest at the club as we return from the International Break.

Pivotal Period

We are now back from the International Break and after watching England pull off a famous win in Spain it’s back to the grind, and it really is a grind, of watching this City side week in week out. Before the International Break we hit rock bottom and we now have to find a way to change that. Our final three games in October are against teams in the bottom half of the division, starting with Preston who are also in the relegation zone, a six pointer of that there is no doubt! A tough home game against the Baggies of West Brom awaits to kick off November, we badly need some more points on the board by then…

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City are bottom of the league for a reason. They picked up just one point from their last five games and have only two wins to their name all season. Granted Middlesbrough, Leeds and Sheffield United was a tough run of fixtures but the form all season has been largely poor and if this continues, League One beckons.

Sheffield United

Our Editor Dan gave his full and frank views after our trip to Sheffield United a couple of weeks ago and I agreed with every word! Having stood in the away end watching that performance I was frankly embarrassed. Yes with their win the Blades went top but the fact is all that shows is how poor the Championship is as a league because they weren’t even that good! A team with a bit of talent and desire would have beaten them but City were pathetic and offered nothing. On that performance we deserve to be bottom of the table and it’s hard to see that changing.

Nigel

Anyone who reads the Fanzine will know we have tried to give smiley Nige a chance. We have praised his efforts in the community and with the fans but his main job is to keep this club in the Championship and on that score he is failing miserably. Granted he has little to work with and we all know why but other managers have got other teams out of worse situations than this. It sounds harsh but right now Nigel just doesn’t seem up to it, his embarrassingly delusional post match comments after the Leeds defeat epitomised that and at Sheffield United his game plan couldn’t have been more negative. Let’s hope after two weeks to work with the players we will see big improvements against Preston, but let’s not hold our breath.

Preston

Tomorrow’s game is huge. Preston sit one point and two places above City going into the game. The visitors have had a poor start to the season by their standards but they will fancy their chances tomorrow so City have to be ready for that. The team selection must be more positive. Start Turbo and start Bowen too, give Preston some pace and trickery to worry about! The team selection flopped last time out and Nigel has to change things tomorrow.

Home games are becoming more and more important so we have to go out and look to win the game and not hide away like City did at Sheffield United.

Dan Batty

This kid is arguably the one and only positive thing at this club right now. At such a young age he is carrying the team and showing that he should be a real midfield talent for years to come, probably not at City as well sell him but right now he is the only Midfielder we have who looks up to standard in the Championship. If only his older, much more experience teammates could take a leaf out of his book!

Takeover?

And it’s all gone quiet over there….. A football song that could be used to describe the potential takeover talk. A couple of weeks ago it felt like it was almost a foregone conclusion, surely the Allams torturous tenure was almost over. Three rival bidders jostling to make their bids for the club. Then suddenly it all seems to have gone a bit quiet again. I appreciate these things take time and due diligence needs to be performed, let’s just hope this wasn’t another false dawn.

Fanzine

Don’t forget the October issue of the Fanzine is still available and will be on sale tomorrow around the KCOM. We know some of you may have missed us due to the closure of Walton Street Car Park for the previous two home games but we will be in our usual spot close to the car park tomorrow.

We also have a new selling spot so look out for one of our lads at the bottom of the Anlaby Road Flyover near the South Stand Car Park.

40 packed pages of Opinion, humour, nostalgia and more City related ramblings, just £2

Buy online: https://fanatichull.com/product/fanatichull-city-issue-39-october-2018-pre-order/

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Tigresses progress in cup thanks to Super Sub Symington

Hull City Ladies are through the third round of the FAWNL Cup but they were made to work for their victory against lower league opposition and they needed extra time to find a winner on a cold, wet and windy day at Inglemire Lane.

The Tigresses team had several changes to it today with the likes of Sammie Workman, Alice Stewart, Meg Calvert, and Harley Skinner all featuring from the start. Despite the changes the team was still strong and they started positively against the visitors Birmingham and West Midlands Ladies. The Tigresses had the first chance of the game when Emily Smith hit a shot over the bar after 9 minutes.

Harley Skinner, who turned 17 this week, made a great start to the game. She was causing the Birmingham defence problems and had her first sight of goal in the 11th minute when she hit a shot from range that was easily saved. In the 16th minute City were given a chance to open the scoring after the Birmingham keeper was adjudged to have picked up a back pass. An indirect free kick was given but Rebecca Beech could only blast it into the wall.

In the 26th minute the Tigresses almost opened the scoring. Skinner hit a peach of a cross from the left that Emily Smith couldn’t get a firm enough touch on, if she had connected properly it would have been a certain goal. Just a minute later the visitors had their first chance at the other end but could only shoot wide of Amy Halloran’s goal.

After dominating much of the first half the Tigresses took a deserved lead in the 36th minute. Sammie Workman hit a pin point pass through the middle to Rebecca Beech, the experienced Striker swivelled before hitting a shot across the keeper and into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

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Impressive performers Beech and Skinner

The Tigresses continued to push on for the rest of the half as the rain continued to hammer down onto the pitch. Despite their dominance City couldn’t find another goal before half time.

HT Hull City Ladies 1-0 Birmingham & WMLFC

The Tigresses continued to dominate the game after the break as they looked to make the cup tie more comfortable for themselves. In the 50th minute Beech almost bagged a brace but she was denied by the keeper who got down low to her right to tip the shot round the post. Eight minutes later City almost scored a brilliant goal. Workman, whose delivery was excellent throughout, hit a cross from the right that was met on the run by Harley Skinner who hit a volley and despite not facing goal she got it on target and it had to be met with another fine save from the goalkeeper to keep the score at 1-0. Workman was later forced off injured which was a shame as she was having a good game at right back. 

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Workman battles for the ball

In the 61st minute everyone in the ground thought City had doubled their lead when Emily Smith hit a low curling shot that bounced off one post before rolling agonisingly along the goal line and hitting the other post. Beech tried to poke the ball over the line but she was just beaten to it by the goalkeeper and Birmingham breathed a sigh of relief.

That was pretty much it for clear cut chances until the last few minutes. The Tigresses looked to be controlling the game nicely but the visitors did pick up the pace in the final few minutes and forced Amy Halloran into a couple of decent saves. As stoppage time approached the visitors were given a lifeline as Ellice Jackman was adjudged to have brought down a Birmingham player in the box. It seemed clear to everyone that it was outside in the box and it could be argued that it was a good challenge but somehow the referee and linesman decided it was a penalty. Halloran dived the right way but couldn’t keep the penalty out and Birmingham were level with just a couple of minutes left.

The Tigresses barely had time to kick off before the referee’s whistle signalled Extra Time.

FT Hull City Ladies 1-1 Birmingham and West Midlands Ladies

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Tigresses re-group ahead of Extra Time

The Tigresses were aggrieved that the game had got to Extra Time and took the game to the visitors as Extra Time began. Meg Render had a shot wide in the 92nd minute before Rachael Ackroyd saw a powerful shot saved in the 96th.

You are permitted an extra sub in extra time and the Tigresses used theirs to perfection as Captain Jo Symington was brought on to replace Meg Calvert who had impressed once again. Symington had an almost instant impact as she scored a brilliant goal with almost her first touch. The tireless Beech picked her out on the left with a bouncing through ball. As the keeper advanced Symington chose the dink the keeper first time and she executed it to perfection to regain the lead for the Tigresses at 2-1.

HT in ET Hull City Ladies 2-1 Birmingham & WLFC

The Tigresses managed the final fifteen minutes well but they did have one scary moment. It came in the 117th minute when a floated shot from range had Halloran stranded and she could only watch as the ball cannoned off her crossbar. The rebound fell to a Birmingham player who could only shoot over the bar.

That was Birmingham’s chance to force penalties but they couldn’t take it and it was City who had the final chance when Emily Smith hit a shot that went agonisingly wide of the post which was a shame as Emily deserved a goal today. A few seconds later the referee’s whistle finally brought an end to the game and signalled the Tigresses progression to the next round of the cup.

FT AET Hull City Ladies 2-1 Birmingham & WMLFC

As Rachel Gay joked after the game, the Tigresses often do it the hard way and that was the case today. The performance of the officials for both sides was very poor at times and the late penalty decision was baffling. On a positive note though the Tigresses eventually got the job done and progress to the last 16 of the FAWNL Cup. The youngsters who were given their chance today will have gained valuable experience and Harley Skinner and Meg Calvert continue to look at home in the first team.

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Tigresses Warm Down

Our Player of the Match today was Emily Smith. The tenacious winger did everything but score today in a tireless 120 minute performance. She roamed up and down both wings and caused the Birmingham defence real problems. She never gave their defence a moment’s peace and could have had a hat trick on another day, well played Emily!

We spoke to a relieved manager Rachel Gay after the game and you can watch the video below.

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Tigresses settling into the Northern Premier Division nicely.

Hull City Ladies are now eight games into their maiden season in the Northern Premier Division and are settling in nicely. Sitting in ninth position with ten points from those 8 fixtures it is safe to say if Rachel Gay’s side can continue with the current points per game ratio they will be comfortably mid table in May, and if you asked anyone at the club on the first day of preseason in July they’d have taken that all day.

Head coach Danny Johnson recently said on HullKRFM’s Talking Balls programme that the club would look at this season at their highest ever level as one of consolidation in the league as part of the long term plan of competing at the elite level.

September was on balance a good month for the Tigresses when they progressed in the League cup beating Bradford City but more importantly the girls picked up their first ever victory in this division with a brilliant 5-2 victory over Fylde Ladies and even better followed that up a week later when the travelled to Nottingham Forest Ladies and returned with a first ever away victory 0-1.

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Hope Knight struck the away winner at Forest.

A tremendous team performance born out of a Gay/Johnson game plan the girls stuck to, to perfection and an individual piece of Hope Knight brilliance secured the win.

To start September Blackburn Rovers the outstanding side in this division for the last three years hosted the Tigresses and took the spoils 2-0, but not before City Ladies had given them a real fright, with the quality of football they played and as with a few games this season only individual errors and some wayward finishing was the Tigresses undoing.

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Tillie Oxley has taken her chance fantastically well.

Injuries have taken their toll on the City Ladies squad during a busy September. Liberty Bott who won the August player of the month award hasn’t featured since the Bradford Cup game because of a knee injury, and other key first team players such as Meg Render, Ellie Tanser, Liv jackson and Emma Westmorland have also been missing. One positive to come from this has been the emergence of some of the talented youngsters within the squad, none more so than Tillie Oxley (pictured above) who was excelling in Rach Wiles’ reserve team in midfield, when she was called up to the first team away at Huddersfield, starting at right back!

It may have taken Tillie a few minutes of her debut to settle in but she grew into the match and deservedly kept her place in the midweek 0-2 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles a game in which she excelled in defence and attack, she then kept regular right back Render on the subs bench to start last weeks tie with Sunderland. Meg Calvert, Amy Blinkhorn and Harley Skinner are others who have made the move up to the first team and are showing what strength in depth the Tigresses now have.

Overall though September’s player of the month was centre back Ellice Jackman (main picture) who has been outstanding all season and has grown in stature in September and scored a fantastic header in the Doncaster win from a perfect Blinkhorn corner.

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Gay and Johnson watch on intently.

Sunday sees Hull City Ladies take on lower league opposition when Birmingham and West Midlands Ladies FC travel to Hull in the 2nd round of the League Cup. We are proud to say that FanaticHull will be the match day sponsor for the game, something that all of us here are proud to do to further enhance our growing relationship with Hull City Ladies.

Danny and Rachel have said that they will use the game to give some of the girls a rest after a hectic few weeks and take the chance to blood some more young talent, but will also maintain the core of the first team because they are looking to progress further in the competition. With some tricky fixtures to come, squad management is imperative if the Tigresses want to maintain their fine start to the season.

The club have given supporters new and old the chance to win TWO sets of 4 Adult tickets for Sunday’s game by answering the following question:

Jodie Steadman scored her first goal of the season for the reserve side last Sunday, simply what is Jodie’s squad number this year?

Head over to http://www.hullcityladies.com to find the answer and send it to @HullCityLFC on Twitter with your answer using the #Tigressticketcomp before 3pm on Friday 12th October.

Picture courtesy of Kevin Greene Photography.

 

 

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Tigresses disappointed as Sunderland ease to victory

Hull City Ladies tasted defeat today as they were beaten 2-4 by Sunderland AFC Ladies. The Tigresses were not at their best today and came off the pitch disappointed not to get anything from the game. In some ways that shows just how far this club has come in a short space of time as Sunderland were a WSL team last season.

The tigresses got off to the perfect start as they took the lead after just four minutes. Amy Kay pinged a great ball over the top to Hope Knight, Knight cut inside her marker and hit a shot that was bundled in off the legs of a defender who was attempting to clear it. City had made a fast start and they got the reward for it to take a 1-0 lead.

After impressing from the bench Amy Blinkhorn was given a chance to start today and she almost made it 2-0 in the 18th minute. Knight was brought down 20 yards out and the Tigresses were given a free kick. Blinkhorn stepped up and hit powerful curling shot that the goalkeeper did brilliantly to tip onto the bar! That would have really set City up for the rest of the game but the heroics of the goalkeeper denied them.

Just a few minutes later Sunderland punished the Tigresses for their missed chances as they grabbed the equaliser. A ball across the box was tapped home at the back post by Bridget Galloway. Emily Hutchinson was given too much time and space to deliver the cross to Galloway who was unmarked, it was certainly a disappointing goal to concede.

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Emily Smith jumps to block a free kick

The two teams had a real midfield battle for most of the rest of the half and both teams looked dangerous going forward and slightly shaky at the back. Sunderland had the next real chance in the 38th minute whey they hit the post and Jo Symington had to be on hand to throw herself in front of the follow up shot to prevent Sunderland taking the lead.

The first half seemed to go on forever and in the fifth minute of stoppage time Sunderland almost took the lead. Hutchinson hit a fierce drive that was brilliantly saved by Amy Halloran who had to make another stop a few seconds later to prevent the Tigresses going into half time behind.

HT Hull City Ladies 1-1 Sunderland Ladies

Just as City Ladies started the first half perfectly the visitors did the same in the second half. They took the lead in the 50th minute through their Captain Keira Ramshaw. She beat two City defenders before turning in the box to time and space to fire past Halloran to make it 1-2.

A few minutes later Hope Knight thought she had equalised when she unleased a shot from 20 yards out that left the goalkeeper helpless but luckily for her she saw the ball cannon off her right hand post. It would have been a brilliant goal and would have got City back on level terms, to add insult to injury Sunderland went up the other end less than a minute later and made it 3-1.

The visitors hit City on the counter attack and a cross from the right was headed back across the goal and into the opposite corner by Emily Hutchinson. That was a hammer blow for the Tigresses who could have equalised seconds earlier but they didn’t regroup quickly enough and Sunderland capitalised on that to take a comfortable lead.

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Rachael Ackroyd looks to latch onto a through ball

Despite the disappointment of going 3-1 down the Tigresses didn’t give in and stepped up a gear. It took them just three minutes to get back in the game on the hour mark. Just as Knight was denied by the woodwork a few minutes earlier this time it happened to Amy Blinkhorn. She hit a dipping half volley from the edge of the box that hit the same post Knight had struck minutes earlier, this time though Knight was on hand to bury the rebound as it came off the post to make it 2-3 and get the Tigresses right back into the game.

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Helped get City back in the game: Amy Blinkhorn

Over the next 10 minutes City pushed hard to try and find an equaliser with Sunderland content to play on the break. They almost caught out the Tigresses in the 70th minute, Bridget Galloway got on the end of a cross and put the ball past Halloran and into the net but she was adjudged to have fouled Ellice Jackman in the build up so she was denied the goal.

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Ellice Jackman looks to start an attack

Although City were pushing hard they couldn’t seem to create any clear cut chances to equalise and it was Sunderland who had the next real chance in the 79th minute but Amy Halloran did brilliantly to make a diving save down to her left to keep the Tigresses in the game. Sadly though in the 86th minute Halloran wasn’t able to deny Georgia Gibson who received the ball in acres of space and was able to slot the ball through the legs of Halloran to make it 2-4 and seal the win.

FT Hull City Ladies 2-4 Sunderland Ladies

The players came off the pitch at the end visibly disappointed in their performance. They weren’t at their best today and could have got a positive result had they been able to step it up a gear. This club had come a long way in a short space of time so as mentioned earlier to be disappointed to lose to a team like Sunderland is a positive sign. The fact is though this team is capable of more than they showed today and they will be looking to show that in upcoming games.

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Tigresses debrief

Our player of the match today was Amy Halloran. Despite the team conceding four goals Halloran denied Sunderland on several other occasions and made a number of excellent saves. Her distribution was good too as she looked to get the team attacking quickly.

We spoke to a disappointed manager Rachel Gay after the game and you can watch the video below.

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