In this my latest review piece on Hull City Ladies title winning season I break down the all important stats and facts of the year.
Consistency and continuity are key to any title winning season and this is true of this year’s Hull City Ladies squad. Only 17 players have played or featured in 12 or more league games this season.
Captain Jo Symington started all 22 league games, Hope Knight and Natasha Cooke started 21 games. Knight came off the bench in the other game to feature in the entire league programme, whilst Cooke was an unused substitute in the last game of the campaign at Morecambe.
Had it not been for a two game suspension in mid-season it’s probably safe to say that keeper Amy Halloran (20 starts) would have been an ever present in goal. Symington started every game at left back, Cooke was partnered 15 times at centre back by Amy Kay and Ellice Jackman 6 times. Jackman and Kay started the last game together. Right back was shared between Meg Render (10) and youngster Eden Pedersen (12).
Halloran and co kept 10 clean sheets in 22 games, Sarah Walters who stood in for Halloran also kept a clean sheet away at Barnsley. In the 22 games the team only conceded 14 goals (avg 0.64 per game) all season.
In midfield Sophie Stamp and Nat Bell in her debut season both started 14 games, as did flying right winger Katie Thompson. Knight on the other flank was detailed above. Ellie Tanser (13+4), Liv Jackson (9+8), Emma Westmorland (11+2) and Liberty Bott (4+10) also featured heavily in the highly competitive midfield area.
Up front the work has largely between shared by a debut season girl, Rachael Ackroyd and Tigress stalwart Rebecca Beech. Ackers has featured 19 times (13+6) this season scoring 9 league goals, whilst Beechy has also featured 19 times (13+6) and her 4 goals at Morecambe yesterday took her to 10 for the season.
Knight tops the scoring charts with 17 league goals including 3 hat tricks. Thompson has 10 in 20 appearances (1 hat trick) and Beech has 10 in 19 (1 hat trick). Ackers’ total of 9 includes 1 hat trick.
The team scored a total of 66 goals in 22 games (avg 3 per game). The girls failed to score at least 1 goal in only 1 game all season, away at Newcastle.
Of the 11 clean sheets kept, 5 were at home and 6 away.
It is worth noting that 5 of the 11 clean sheets came in the last 7 games of the season when the pressure to keep winning was on.
One team who will definitely be glad to see the back of the Tigresses are Morecambe Ladies who conceded a mammoth 16 goals (7-0 & 0-9) and scored none in the 2 games!!
The stats make very impressive reading and illustrate brilliantly just what an entertaining but equally resilient squad Hull City Ladies have assembled this season.
Photos courtesy of Dave Hare.