Hull City Ladies fell to a 3-1 defeat away at Guiseley Vixens today in what was arguably their worst performance of the season. It really was a bad day at the office for the Tigresses despite taking an early lead.
The game got off to the perfect start for City Ladies as they opened the scoring after just three minutes. Hope Knight hit a cross/shot from the left hand side that looped over the keeper and into the net giving the Tigresses an early 1-0 lead.
Just two minutes later Knight should have scored again. Amy Blinkhorn played a brilliant through ball to her and suddenly Knight only had the keeper to beat. She was denied by a great save but Hope will have been disappointed not to score and double the Tigresses lead.
From then on the rest of the half was all Guiseley. They had a goal disallowed for offside in the 11th minute and a few minutes later Amy Halloran was left in no mans land and could only watch as a shot looped over her head but thankfully it went wide. Guiseley were suddenly well on top and got their equaliser in the 25th minute. An error at the back allowed Guiseley to bare down on goal. Amy Halloran was on hand to save the first shot and the rebound but she couldn’t prevent Liv Auker firing home at the third attempt from the edge of the box. 1-1
Harley Skinner had her first real chance to run at the Guiseley defence in the 33rd minute. She was found in space and did well to cut inside her marker and feed Misty Russell. Russell hit a first time shot from the edge of the box that took a deflection and fell to Hope Knight but she was offside.
Just as it looked like the Tigresses would be level at the break the Vixens took the lead and deservedly so. A corner from the left was met by Jodie Hunter whose header cannoned in off the back post. That was a big blow to City Ladies who despite not being at their best would have taken the positives had they gone in level at Half Time.
HT Guiseley Vixens 2-1 Hull City Ladies
Taking the lead just before Half Time gave the home side real impetus and they continued to dominate early in the second half. Amy Halloran was forced into a one on one save in the 56th minute, unfortunately that was a sign of things to come as Guiseley scored their third just three minutes later. It was all too easy for Guiseley as Emma Samways was put through on goal and this time, despite getting a hand to the shot, Halloran couldn’t keep it out and the Vixens led 3-1.
It wasn’t until the Tigresses went 3-1 down that they really took the game to Guiseley. Rachael Ackroyd was introduced from the bench and she provided energy up front. She almost got City back in the game in the 68th minute when she looked to prod home a cross from the left but she was just beaten to it by the goalkeeper.
Guiseley still looked in control but the Tigresses had the next chance in the 76th minute. Emily Smith did well down the right before cutting a pass back to Knight in the box but she could only hit a shot over the bar. The Tigresses carved out a similar chance a few minutes later. This time Ackroyd pulled a pass back to Jo Symington at the edge of the box. She took a touch to get away from her marker but unfortunately her shot was deflected over the bar. That would have been a great goal and would have got the Tigresses right back in the game.
The result never looked in doubt but the Tigresses kept trying to find a goal and had a couple of chances in stoppage time. Substitute Meg Calvert rose well to meet a corner from the left but could only send her header wide. The final chance fell to Ackroyd with almost the final touch of the game. A shot from Rebecca Beech looped up and Ackroyd met it with a header that was brilliantly saved low to her left by the Guiseley goalkeeper. That summed the game up really, Guiseley were close to their best while the Tigresses were far from theirs.
FT Guiseley Vixens 3-1 Hull City Ladies
As manager Rachel Gay said afterwards this was a bad day at the office for City Ladies. They were off the pace across the pitch and made life too easy for Guiseley. Make no mistake Guiseley played well, with lots of energy and they seemed to just be a yard quicker than City today. Amy Blinkhorn had a decent game in midfield but unfortunately it was one of those days when you struggle to give a Player of the Match award. The Tigresses will need to regather and look to bounce back next week as they travel to bottom of the table Bradford City Ladies.
We spoke to Manager Rachel Gay after the game and you can watch the video below,