As the hard work of preseason continued apace down at Hull University for the Tigresses, last Monday saw the release of the FA Women’s Premier League fixtures, with the Northern Division One fixtures most eagerly anticipated by Rachel Gay, Danny Johnson and the squad.
The quest for promotion to the Northern Division starts with a home fixture and Yorkshire Derby against Barnsley Ladies FC on the 20th August before travelling to Chorley Ladies seven days later to begin their away campaign.
All fixtures in this highly competitive league will be hugely important, with some key periods of note in the season. Early October looks particularly strenuous for Gay’s side, were they have THREE away games in one week with two Derbies thrown in for good measure. The return fixture with opening day opponents Barnsley are quickly followed by trips to Leeds United and Chester-le-Street Ladies.
Two consecutive homes games immediately before the Christmas break with Newcastle United Ladies and Chester-le-Street, could be the key to a happy break or an anxious one.
The last game of the season will be an away trip to the seaside as the Tigresses travel to the Fylde coast to take on Morecambe Ladies, hopefully in celebratory mood after another successful league campaign.
The Tigresses continued their preparations for the new season with another home friendly against higher league opposition when Huddersfield Town Ladies today (Sunday) visited the Uni.
The Tigresses fluent attacking brand of football was again on show against a strong opposition, with Rachel Gay’s side playing some majestic fantastic football, creating chance after chance but only got on the scoresheet once in the opening period, when Rebecca Beech netted a lovely goal.
The two sides went into the break level at 1-1. The Tigresses continued to create chances, Ellice Jackman headed just over from a freekick before Meg Render saw a magnificent 30 yard shot tipped onto the bar and away for a corner.
On the hour Town took the lead when a free kick was floated in and met with a good header into the bottom corner of the net. Sophie Stamp who controlled the midfield all day for the Tigresses saw a vicious shot go harmlessly over the Town bar, before Town got their 3rd when the home side failed to deal with a scramble in their box and the visitors swooped to prod home.
Some lovely footwork down the right flank resulted in a Katie Thompson cross which was met on the volley by Liberty Bott but here effort flew wide. In the last minute, Cauren Webb saw her shot smash into the side netting before Huddersfield added a fourth to give a final lop sided 1-4 scoreline that the Tigresses didn’t deserve to be on the end of. The only difference on the day was the finishing of the two sides, but very encouragingly the Ladies are creating numerous chances from some fantastic football and the finishing will come.
Next up for the Ladies is the relatively short trip to Castleford, were they take on White Rose on Wednesday (2nd August) at Castleford RUFC 7:30pm before returning home to face Rotherham United next Sunday.