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REPORT | Hull City 3 Belles 0

8 September 2023


REPORT | Hull City 3 Belles 0

8 September 2023

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The Belles slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Hull City in their first midweek action of the campaign.

Ex-Belle Hope Knight grabbed a brace with a goal in each half, sandwiching a long-range strike from Helen Lynskey, to earn the hosts all three points in Barton-upon-Humber.

Managerial duo Sam Winch and Alexandre Brito Nogueira made four changes from the side which started Sunday’s home defeat to Leeds United.

Laila Abadi, Sophie Brown and Katie Yates all came in from the off alongside the returning Phoebe Sneddon. Injured duo Hannah McWilliams and Lauren Breen were among those to drop out.

The Belles enjoyed a flurry of corners in the early stages, and forced Hull goalkeeper Abigail Wallace into a smart stop to deny Holly Housley direct from an in-swinging set-piece.

And after Katie Thompson had glanced over at the other end for the hosts, Jasmine Saxton broke into the area, but could only direct an effort off target.

It would be Hull who grabbed the opener however as former Belles attacker Knight carved out space at the edge of the area on 22 minutes and drilled a powerful shot into the bottom corner.

Shot stopper Ellie Sharpe then denied Knight a second moments later, while Saxton and Brown both tried their luck in the hunt for a leveller to no avail.

Momentum seemed to shift following a stoppage in play for City’s Tillie Oxley to receive treatment, and the hosts restarted the quicker of the two sides, with a 25-yard effort from Lynskey doubling their advantage in impressive style on 39 minutes.

Soon after the restart, the visitors came close to a stunner of their own from distance, denied only by an outstretched Wallace.

Substitute Ryley Johnson latched onto Lindsey Tugby-Andrew’s neat through ball but was denied on the stretch, and changes were made in the hunt for a route back into the game.

Sharpe denied Knight twice, but deep into time added on the City forward would grab her second of the night. Tapping home Hannah Brierley’s skewed shot at point-blank range, Knight gave the scoreline a more handsome look than the Belles' performance deserved.

The Belles return to action on Sunday, September 10 with a trip to Stockport County. Taking place at the Stockport Sports Village, the game gets underway at 2pm.

Belles: Sharpe, L. Tugby-Andrew, Rattenbury (Mortimer ’77), J. Tugby-Andrew, Yates, Housley (Broadhurst ’87), Abadi, Sneddon (Johnson ’65), Gigg (Banaszczyk ’87), Saxton, Brown (Morris ’87).

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