Women's Development V Pocklington Town Ladies
On Sunday Hull United Women’s development welcomed Pocklington Ladies, looking to take home another 3 points for the third week in a row.
From kick off United looked to press high and threaten the Pocklington defence with the pace of wingers Lucy Witty and Kim Ward. 5 minutes into the game, after some great link up play between captain Chamaine Pinder and Charlie Holmes, the ball fell to Aimee Ayre who threaded a nice ball through to the feet of Becky Walker who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Pocklington started to grow into the game more as the half progressed but the back four of Charlie Holmes, Kacey Watson, Skie Wyatt and Gemma Bentley made numerous important challenges, leaving keeper Megan Cooke with little to do.
The front two of Becky Walker and Sophie Griffiths worked tirelessly closing down the Pocklington defence, preventing them from playing out the back.
Shortly before half time Phoebe Whitfield came on for Lucy Witty, who continued the hard work with Gemma Bentley out on the left wing.
The half time whistle blew and United went into the break 1-0 ahead. The message at half time was to keep working together and retain possession as it had been the sole focus of recent training sessions. Achieving this outcome would ensure United brought home the 3 points.
The second half started the way the first had finished with Pocklington piling on the pressure; goalkeeper Megan Cooke was called into action on numerous occasions to keep the score 1-0.
10 minutes after the break Griffiths made way for new striker Freya Hendrickson, who worked hard with Becky Walker up top.
Pocklington continued to add pressure to United and a wicked corner from the visitors saw a good attempt on goal being cleared off the line brilliantly by Kim Ward.
United were unlucky not to get a second with the attackers making some fantastic runs that were unfortunately ruled offside. The score finished 1-0 to United after two huge saves from Megan Cooke in the last few minutes of the game, giving her a second clean sheet in as many weeks.
The home win leaves United 7th in the table with 9 points. The ladies make the trip away to Hessle this coming Sunday, looking to get another 3 points on the board.
Manager Mel Marsden and Assistant Chloe Robinson couldn’t choose any individual to take home the player of the match award, so the whole team received the award for another dogged and hard-fought victory.
Manager Mel Marsden Added “I thought today the girls were brilliant, I can’t fault their efforts. It was a game of two halves for us, first half I thought we were the better team as we got the ball down and played some good footballs in spells. The early goal helped to settle the nerves and we kept Pocklington at bay and limited them to only a couple of efforts on goal and we went in at half time 1-0 up. The Second half Pocklington came out and piled on the pressure, but the pleasing thing for me and Chloe was that the girls followed our game plan and kept their shape well throughout the 90 minutes which limited Pocklington to 3-4 shots on target. An overall pleasing performance and it show another side to our game and that the girls can dig in when required and grind out the win.
Player of the match was awarded to the full team for a great dogged performance. Next week we turn our attention to Hessle away and we will be looking to keep our winning run going.”