It’s fair to say we are reaching the crunch part of the season for Hull City Ladies. It has been a fantastic season so far but everyone associated with the club will be keen to ensure that continues and the Tigresses achieve their goal of promotion this season.
With the Plate semi final behind them the Tigresses now sit second in the table with two games in hand on Liverpool Feds who are only 1 point ahead of them. City Ladies two main rivals Liverpool Feds and Brighouse recently played out a goalless draw and on Wednesday night Brighouse could only draw 2-2 away at Morecambe meaning they sit 6 points behind City Ladies with only 1 game in hand. All of this means it’s all in the Tigresses hands as we head into the home stretch, if Rachel Gay’s side win their last ten games there is nothing any of their rivals can do about it.
That of course is a big IF but the way the Tigresses are playing at the moment you wouldn’t put it past them. They don’t appear to be showing any signs of wilting under the pressure and if anything their performances are improving. They dominated the game against Newcastle and played some excellent football throughout. They remained patient and kept going when the chances weren’t going in and eventually they got their rewards.
There are now ten games to go and it is going to be an exciting few months ahead. Danny Johnson has implemented his philosophy on the team and this has helped to breed a team of winners with a togetherness unrivalled throughout the league. Johnson and the manager Rachel kick every ball with the players from the touchline as do the substitutes who are chomping at the bit to come on and help the team when called upon. That was evident against Newcastle as Meg Render, who has had to wait for her chance recently thanks to the impressive form of Eden Pedersen, came on and put in a stellar second half display providing an assist for Sophie Stamp in the process. Rachael Ackroyd also came on to score and that shows how much competition there is for places in this squad.
The Semi-Final of the plate didn’t go to plan but it’s fair to say West Ham were a classy side and will take some stopping in the final. Now the focus for the Tigresses must turn back to the league.
Following the West Ham game the Tigresses have ten cup finals left in the league and we really hope they can fulfill their destiny this season because they deserve it for the sheer effort and quality they have shown this season. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks ahead for City Ladies and as always we will be there following the team and kicking every ball from the side-lines!