Hull City Ladies, second in the Women’s Premier league Northern Division 1 travelled to fourth placed Chorley Ladies hoping to keep the pressure on the unbeaten Guiseley Vixens but put in an uncharacteristic poor performance and returned home empty handed, going down 2-1.
While the sun shone on Mother’s Day, Rachel Gay’s charges seemed to be playing under a cloud. The Chorley midfield worked tirelessly to close down the time and space on City and it was Chorley who were having the better of the game, but against the run of play City took the lead courtesy of a Katie Thompson (pictured) goal. A corner floated over by Thompson was cleared back out to her and returned with interest as Thompson placed the ball in the top corner of the Chorley net.
This seemed to spur Chorley on and after a period of pressure they equalised through Kathy Bonner who from the edge of the City area latched on to a pull back and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the City net to leave the score 1-1 at half time.
Chorley came out strongly in the 2nd half with Scarlett Smith causing some problems to the City defence who to their credit coped admirably. Chorley’s Kerry Nickson hit the post latching onto a Ruth Harrison freekick but finding the woodwork, as did Scarlett Smith minutes later.
As City pushed for the winner in the final 30 minutes the Chorley back four stood firm and the sucker punch came with minutes remaining when Scarlett Smith latched onto a telling through ball and slotted home the winner, to deliver a blow to City’s promotion hopes.
The defeat took on even more significance as the previously unbeaten Guiseley Ladies travelled to lowly Crewe Alexandra Ladies and were soundly beaten 4-2.
City Ladies sit level on points (40) with Guiseley but crucially Guiseley have three games in hand as the season end approaches. The victory for Chorley closed the gap to City to five points but City Ladies do have 2 games in hand over their conquerers.