The Tigresses travelled to Sheffield on Thursday evening to take on FAWSL side Sheffield Ladies FC in their first action of preseason.
Rachel Gay’s side encountered a tough night in South Yorkshire against their lofty opponents from 2 divisions higher then themselves, going down 8-4 on the night. The scoreline though is not a true reflection of the game.
Sheffield were clinical in the first 45 minutes and it reflected in the score, Sheffield were 4-0 up after 36 minutes with some devastating attacking play, which was difficult for City Ladies to cope with.
In the 39th minute City Ladies pulled one back, when Ellice Jackman supplied Katie Thompson with a lovely pass who crossed for Liberty Bott to score a debut goal.
Sheffield added another before the break to make it a 5-1 score, then added another 2 quick goals with clinical work in front of goal for an ominous looking 7-1 scoreline.
It was the Tigresses though who grabbed two in succession, when firstly Emily Smith fired an unstoppable 25 yard shot into the bottom corner of the net before Hope Knight finished of a fantastic team effort, with some exceptional one touch passing from back to front.
Sheffield added an 8th before Emily Smith added her second of the night to complete the scoring. 3-3 in the second half will give Gay and Danny Johnson many positives to work on, starting with tomorrow’s (Sunday) home friendly against Bradford City Ladies, at Hull University kick off 2pm.
The match is FREE entry so if you need a Sunday sporting fix get down to support our local pride.
Friday saw City Ladies unveil their new home kit (main pic) for the upcoming season. Replica kits will be on sale shortly and should prove to be a hit with all. A rarity for a football shirt in this City nowadays as it actually has the team name emblazoned on it.
Finally it was confirmed by the FAWPL that first team fixtures would be announced this coming week, on Monday 24th July, so not long to wait to see how the 2017/18 season will look.