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Women's First Team V Sunderland West End.

This week Hull United faced Sunderland West End ladies this was another home game for the ladies with the previous reverse fixture being a narrow, 3-2 defeat. United lined up in the usual formation with a few players, playing in different positions and Kim Ward, making her debut for the first team. United named a strong 11 and had a strong bench to comply with that. The game got under way and United were back to their old selves, they were passing the ball around so silkily and played some great football in between the lines dishes for the first 20 minutes, Damms was introduced due to a challenge on award which left her struggling. The first goal came from striker Jess Robinson who let fire and United went 1-0 up. For the next 10 they became a little shaky and a bit off balance which lead to the equaliser from Sunderland. Sharp made way for E Robinson as a horrible challenge on Sharp left the West End striker gain a yellow card. Shortly after West End took the lead. Untied then came back out of the blocks from the restart and continued to pass the ball around, E Robinson found some space in the middle of the park and her driving run to the edge of the box where she took on the shot, straight over the West End keeper and into the back of the net 2-2. A minute before half time United got a corner, Tate floated the ball in the box in which the West End keeper missed, and Smith tapped in at the back post. Half time 3-2.

United came out the second half un change, and came out looking to capitalise on their 3-2 advantage, however United being United began to be abit sloppy with their passes and just played the long ball all the time. Sharp was re introduce however this time she was back in her more familiar position of CM, this calmed down the play and United were soon back passing West End off the park. West End somehow managed to get themselves back into the game and got an equaliser, this didn’t get the heads down of United as they worked harder and harder to find a winner. Around the 60 minute mark Newlove was introduced for O’Rouke after she went down with an unfortunate hamstring injury leaving her unable to carry on. Sharp found some space in the middle of the park and her outside of the boot pass set Newlove down on the left Wing who cut inside and let fly from 35 yards out leaving the West End keeper no chance. 4-3 to the home team. The final 15 minuets and West End gave it all they had to search for an equaliser, this meant that they left gaps in certain areas of the field which United could expose, United gained a lot of corners from this and a lot of opportunities. However it was J Robinson again who got her self on the score sheet when she was set free by Tankard and as the bouncing ball lobbed the keeper, United went 5-3 up. The whole team performance from United was exceptional, starting from the back for all the way to the front 3 they all worked tirelessly and grafted for each other.

Full time 5-3.

This leaves United in good spirits for the next game, which is Sunday 12th February away to Harrogate Town Ladies. Player of the Match went to Jess Robinson, as she worked tirelessly all game, she started off the presses and never stopped running. Grabbing herself 2 goals along the way in her last game for United.

Manager Lewis poucher added: Well… good things come to those who wait ha! I have said it to the girls since day one we have every right to be In this league and should be competing at the other end. But injuries etc have massively hampered us this year but today we got it right. Work rate desire was all there for me in abundance. Sunderland got a cracking result last week and are a strong team but I thought we just had a little bit more today. We did the basics well and played some cracking football at times so it was good to get the win. We have a tough game against Harrogate next week which we have to be ready for and that comes with a good session this Thursday. Hopefully we can get another win ⚽️⚽️

Player Of The Match Jess Robinson