Sarah Wiltshire impressed with Tottenham Hotspur Ladies’ character during victory at Yeovil Town Ladies
PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 November 2017
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Karen Hills’ team recorded their second success in the Continental Tyres Cup on Wednesday and host Brighton this weekend
Sarah Wiltshire says Spurs Ladies showed a lot of character to record their second-successive win over FA Women’s Super League 1 opposition – after turning around a 1-0 deficit to finish 2-1 victors at her former stomping ground, Yeovil Town.
A majestic strike from the Welsh international – her first regular season goal in Spurs’ colours - and Ronnell Humes’ last-minute chip capped off what was a statement-making night for the Club in matchday 2 of the Continental Tyres Cup Group Stage.
Having not been fazed by the midweek trip to Huish Park and with their opening round victory over Bristol City, also in the division above, Wiltshire says the Lilywhites are attacking games with full belief that their team spirit will pull them through – alluding to the notion that home or away their approach will not change.
“We showed a lot of character; I know we have a lot of that in our team,” she said. “I thought we played well, we didn’t stop trying and we were rewarded for that.
“I think it’s our team spirit; I’m new to the team and some of the girls have been together for a long time, but I’ve not played in a team where there’s so much togetherness and so much family feel.
“Obviously at Yeovil I felt like that, but especially at Spurs at the moment. It’s such a good environment to be in and I think that’s why we’ve been doing so well.
“I think for the first 20 minutes we were playing really well, then the performance kind of dipped and Yeovil scored. At half-time we said we can definitely get something from the game, we worked hard, got the equaliser and kept pushing on from there – and it was a really good finish at the end. We’re very happy with our performance and to get another three points in the group.”
The former Lady Glovers maestro didn’t celebrate out of respect for a team she scored 27 goals with in 45 WSL games - and says her goal was overdue, but always knew hard work would pay dividends in the end.
Wiltshire added: “I feel like I was due one! I hadn’t scored for quite a few games but the composure from ‘Nellz’ right at the end was brilliant.
“Karen (Hills) and Juan (Amoros) have kept the faith in me and I keep trying in training. It happens in football - sometimes you go through little ruts where you haven’t scored as a forward but you have to keep going – and if you don’t shoot you don’t score!
“I’d like to think that I offer a little bit more than just scoring goals but it’s always nice to score – especially my first one of the season for my new team.
“Yeovil was my home for three seasons and it was really nice to come back to be honest and see everyone. We won the league here, so it’s a special place for me.”
Group Two South makes pretty reading for Spurs who sit above Chelsea – having played one game more – and Wiltshire’s aiming for Tottenham to place themselves in a strong position to progress through the group as winners when Brighton visit Cheshunt on Sunday.
She continued: “We’ll go again, obviously Brighton are another good team, but we’ll just play our game and hopefully get the three points.”