This weekend our first team are back in action in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier as they travel to face Hull City Ladies. It is both teams first game after the national lockdown throughout November. Both sides will be keen to restart the league with a win on the board.
Hull City Ladies sit 10th in the league and are 3 points ahead of Foxes. The side is currently managed by Adrian Costello who stepped into post at the begging of the year with assistant Andrew Harley. Jo Symington captains the team and has been with the tigers for over 10 years.
The side has only played 6 fixtures in the current campaign after having games postponed due to staff and players being in self-isolation. Hull started off the season strong with a draw to Middlesbrough and picking up 3 points against Sunderland.
In their last game before the pause in fixtures Hull put together a impressive performance to take a point away a difficult trip to Nottingham Forest. But the side would have been disappointed to not come away with a win after leading for most of the game and conceding two late goals in stoppage time whilst being down to 10 players due to a late injury.
Last time round
The two met twice last season in the league (a rarity after the cancellation in March). Foxes took 6 points from the fixture last year with a clinical victory on the first day of the season coming out 7-3 winners with 4 goals from Mcgrother. It was a much tighter affair in the most recent meeting of the two sides, however, Foxes came out on top with a 3-2 victory at the Loughborough University Stadium with goals for Foxes coming from Hicks and Knight (2), Hull’s goals came from Lynskey and a penalty from Thompson.
Hull have won and drawn one game of their last five in the league and have scored 7. They have only failed to score once when they suffered their biggest defeat of the season to West Bromwich Albion (4-0) and have had a range of goal scorers (5).
Ones to watch
Hull has a mix of youth and experience in their side with several players having been at the team for some years now. But they are bringing through a wealth of young talent into their squad and starting XI who have really made an impact already this season. Namely being goalkeeper Wallace who has made 5 appearances for Hull and has been praised for her composure in goal.
Both Emily Smith and Ellie Tanser have impressed Hull’s opponents so far picking up two opposition player of the match awards. Smith has picked up two goals so far this season converting against Fylde and in Hull’s most recent game against Notts Forest. Tanser has also picked up two goals this season.
Hull has shown promise in the early stages of their games. So far they have scored all of their goals before the 50th minute of the match. But they have conceded all but 4 of their goals in the second half with 5 of these coming in the last 10 minutes of the game. So Foxes must keep their heads up if they go down in the games as there may be an opportunity to get some goals in the later stages.
It’s no secret how important Sunday’s fixture is for both teams involved. Pushed by our sports scientist the girls have worked incredibly hard over lockdown. We have come back ready to fight for our right to remain in tier 3. The atmosphere at training has been great, as it has been all season; the players are more than ready for the task ahead, I have full faith in them to get those much deserved 3 points on Sunday.
Issy MartinHead Coach
🤷♀️ Hull City Ladies vs Loughborough Foxes
📌 Haworth Park
⏲ 14.00 Kick Off
Unfortunately, this fixture is behind closed doors due to government guidelines. But you can still keep up to date with the match by following us on Twitter where we will be giving live updates from Haworth Park!