Hull City Ladies season ended in a 0-3 defeat to Liverpool side Mossley Hill Ladies. The defeat coupled with a 3-4 victory for Liverpool Marshall Feds Ladies over Leeds Ladies meant Rachel Gay’s side finished the season in third place in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division One, on 43 points behind runaway winners Guiseley Vixens (59) and Marshall Feds (44).
The match played in pleasant conditions at Hull University was a must win game for the visitors, who needed the three points to avoid relegation. Despite a bright start by the Tigresses they were unable to break down Mossley Hill, a Rebecca Beech volley from a free kick was ruled offside and Ellie Harding had a chance to open the scoring, after she latched onto a superb cross from Katie Thompson but her shot went straight at the keeper.
Moments later against the run of play Mossley Hill took the lead. As half time approached the Liverpool side doubled their lead when they struck from a corner to take a 0-2 lead. This wasn’t the final action of the half though as Ellice Jackman rose to meet a corner but her effort went wide and Mossley Hill held a two goal advantage at the break.
As in recent weeks Gay’s side were creating plenty of chances but not getting the luck in front of goal, which was typified when a thunderous effort from Jackman smashed against the post and away from danger. Minutes later substitute, Alice Stewart was next to rue a miss has the ball refused to drop quickly enough and she was unable to keep her effort down and it lofted harmlessly over the bar.
More attacking play moments later saw Katie Thompson cannoning an effort goalward but again the ball was over the bar and another let off for Mossley Hill.
The ball just wouldn’t go in for the Tigresses and Mossley Hill secured the points and avoided relegation when they were awarded a penalty which was dispatched calmly into the bottom corner of the net to secure a 0-3 win.
On target for Mossley Hill were Megan Brodie, Eleanor Doyle and Amy Hughes to secure the lifeline for the visitors. Ellice Jackman (pictured above) picked up the player of the match award.
Despite this result the season overall has been a successful one for the team and coaching staff. A higher finish in the league and the ERCFA Women’s cup final victory over Mill Lane Ladies is a fantastic platform for Rachel Gay, Danny Johnson and the squad to work from next season, which hopefully for all involved will end this time next year in another promotion.
Rebecca Beech (top left) and Katie Thompson (bottom right) both ended a profitable season in front of goal with 14 strikes apiece.
The Tigresses will be holding trials for the Open Age side during June to hopefully add even more quality to an already extremely talented squad, to make that next step in 2017-18 season.
It is very much onwards and upwards for the Tigresses and FanaticHull will keep you upto date with one of the sporting success stories of 2017, and here’s to an even better 2018 and beyond.