Hull City Ladies welcome Mossley Hill Athletic Ladies to Hull University on Sunday looking to take their second chance to secure the league title while the visitors are fighting for their lives at the bottom. The Tigresses could have already won the league title but unfortunately they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle last weekend in the bank holiday weekend sunshine.
The battle for promotion is now a two horse race as Liverpool Feds also fell to a defeat last week but Brighouse won so they can still catch City Ladies. If they win their last three games they will have accumulated 50 points, City Ladies currently sit on 48 so they need two points from their final two games to seal promotion thanks to their superior goal difference.
In truth the Tigresses just never got going at Newcastle, once the hosts got their early goal they defended valiantly and the Tigresses just couldn’t break them down. Their usual fluent passing game failed to materialise and Newcastle deserved the win. Every team has off days and there is no need to panic as we head into the final two games of the season. Whenever City Ladies have hit a bump in the road this season they have bounced back immediately and they will be confident of doing so again on Sunday in front of their home supporters.
They won’t have it all their own way on Sunday though as this is a massive game for Mossley Hill for very different reasons. They are scrapping for their lives with Leeds and Barnsley in the bottom three and face the unenviable task of facing City Ladies and Brighouse in their final two games. In truth it is a minor miracle they are still in the hunt as before the turn of the year they had only picked up three points.
At the end of December, they appointed Kevin O’Grady as their new manager and since then they have turned a corner. They have picked up another 14 points and held City Ladies to a draw in the reverse fixture in April. In truth they have a distinct advantage on their own pitch as it has a slope that makes Mount Everest look like a speed-bump so the Tigresses will be confident of bettering the draw at Mossley on their own pitch at Hull University.
Nevertheless, Mossley will be fired up for the game as they need the points just as much as City Ladies do and they have a real goal threat up front. Amy Hughes has scored 14 goals in 18 league games this season which is very impressive in a struggling side so the Tigresses defence will have to be wary of her on Sunday.
Last week didn’t go to plan but we know the Tigresses are a confident squad and they will have put that game behind them in training this week and will be ready to get the job done on Sunday. We hope to see as many as possible at the game on Sunday to roar the players over the line. The crowd at the last home game was impressive and we hope to see a similar crowd on Sunday. Touch wood we will all be celebrating at full time!