After Thursday’s spirited 8-4 defeat to Sheffield FC, it was another Yorkshire derby against a side from a higher division that the Tigresses faced at Hull University this afternoon.
Bradford City Women’s FC of the Premier League North travelled East to provide the latest opposition to Rachel Gay’s side in preparation for the new season.
Both sides started brightly in perfect playing conditions with end to end football for much of the first 25 minutes. As the game settled into this pattern Sophie Stamp struck a shot from 30 yards to test the Bradford keeper who easily dealt with the threat.
The Tigresses were causing their higher opponents some problems and on 35 minutes Eden Pedersen had a shot deflected onto the post and away for a corner. Minutes later Emily Smith fresh from her brace on Thursday supplied a perfect cross for Rebecca Beech to hit, but her shot was wide of the mark. This proved to be the last real action of the first half, which ended goalless.
Bradford started the second half with intent and ten minutes in they opened the scoring when Laura Elford pounced on an error by the Tigress defence to slot home. Shortly after City Ladies were so nearly back on level terms when new signing Natalie Bell saw her fine shot tipped onto the bar and away to safety. Jo Symington fired in a shot with 22 minutes remaining but was wide.
The equaliser wasn’t long in coming though when Natalie Bell made no mistake this time and headed home a lovely goal.
Bell became the third new signing in two games to open their account’s after Hope Knight and Liberty Bott scored in Thursday’s defeat.
The goal was nothing more than the Tigresses deserved and looked to be heading for a great result against their lofty opponents but with under ten minutes left, Laura Elford was on hand to slot home her second goal from a brilliant headed pass split the home defence to give Bradford a 1-2 lead and the win.
It was a good game for the neutrals to watch and a game that Rachel Gay and Danny Johnson can take many positives away from and work on in the next few weeks.
Huddersfield Town Ladies are the next opponents for City Ladies, next Sunday. The reserves will be serving up the curtain-raiser from 12pm followed by the first team kicking off at 2pm, so with no local sides in action get down to Hull University for your Sunday sporting fix.