Hull City Ladies host WPL Northern Division 1 strugglers Mossley Hill Athletic tomorrow and they will be looking to tick another game off with another three points in their quest to clinch the league title. This is the first of two games against the bottom club in the division in the next two weeks with the Tigresses travelling to Liverpool for the return fixture on Easter Sunday. Considering the overall form of both clubs this season these games should provide the Tigresses with two vital wins but there is no room for complacency against the struggling scousers.
The West Ham cup game aside, Rachel Gay’s side have been in excellent form recently. Following a valuable draw with title challengers Liverpool the Tigresses have dealt with Bolton, Newcastle and Morecambe very easily scoring 13 goals and conceding just one on their way to three consecutive wins.
The Tigresses were particularly impressive last week against Morecambe as they could easily have reached double figures but they will have been more than happy to settle with finding the net 7 times as they bounced back in some style from the WPL Plate Semi-Final defeat to West Ham the week before.
Hope Knight and Katie Thompson registered hat tricks and Rebecca Beech got in on the act right at the end with a brilliant goal to put the icing on the cake. I have watched a lot of football in my time and I am struggling to remember a more one sided performance than last week! The team will be brimming with confidence ahead of this weekend’s game and if they perform half as well as they did last week they should have no trouble dispatching Mossley Hill.
Despite their lowly league position the visitors have hit a decent patch of form recently. They have taken 7 points from a possible 9 in the last three games. They kept a clean sheet in beating Barnsley 3-0 last week and put 5 past Morecambe in the game before that so they seem to have turned a bit of a corner. That makes them as dangerous an opponent as anyone in the league right now and there is certainly no room for complacency this week!
Their danger player appears to be Amy Hughes who has scored nine league goals in just ten appearances this season meaning she has scored over half of Mossley Hill’s goals on her own this season. She will be one for the defence to watch out for as they look to keep another clean sheet. As we know from our interviews with Rachel Gay the side defend as a unit and are as proud of a clean sheet as they are a big win so they will be keen to keep up their solid defensive record this weekend.
We hope the game survives the weather with the Beast from the East raising it’s ugly head again this weekend but if the game goes ahead we encourage as many of you as possible to get down to the University of Hull Sports pitches to support the Tigresses as they look to take another step closer to the league title.