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Chester Le Street Vs Hull United Womens First Team.

Hull United travelled to Chester Le Street, who have only lost one game all season, but were hoping to cause some issues for the recently crowned North East Champions.

Hull United had a depleted squad of twelve, with a few of the usual starting XI players unavailable or injured. With the impending cup final on Thursday in mind, United started with a few different players in different positions. Aimee Ayre stepped up from Development Team to put a shift in in midfield, Rosie slotting back in at centre back, Lucy returning to right back position and Jen moving into a forward position.

The game started fairly evenly, with the bobbly pitch causing issues for both teams. Le Street however, we of course used to the conditions, with this being their home pitch and within 20 minutes, were 1-0 up.

United were the first team to make some changes, doing what they could with the limited bench they had. Watson came on and instantly made an impact. A well taken corner from Lauren Tate resulted in a bundle on the goal line and an own goal from the opposition. Score was now level.

Some good spells and high energy pressing starting from the forwards Jen, Kim and Jade meant that United were chasing with very high intensity and as a result, Hull had a few chances, including Lauren who after a ball through from Jen, skimmed her shot just wide of the post.

Some good passages of play from the opponents resulted in two corners in quick succession from Chester Le Street, the latter one was converted. And the score going into half time was 3-1.

United however, did not come out into the 2nd half thinking the game was beyond them. In fact, the second half appeared to be more evenly matched and again, Hull kept up their intensity of pressing and not giving Chester Le Street any time on the ball. The back line of Lucy, Eleanor, Milllie and Wardy kept composed and played the ball out from the back calmly. The midfield three worked hard to break down play and the forwards ran tirelessly to try and create. United then got what they deserved, a superb long range strike from Jade soared into the top corner.

The game was on. The last 20 minutes of the game saw both sides put together some great spells of football. However, unfortunately Chester Le Street increased their lead by a further goal, meaning the final score ended 4-2.

Hull United should be proud to have given top of the league such a challenging game against a team who have only lost once all season. United may have lost, but lots of positives to take from the game, especially travelling with a smaller squad.

Player Of The Match Jen Randall