Sarah Wiltshire returns to haunt old club Yeovil Town Ladies and give Tottenham Hotspur Ladies another FA Women’s Super League 1 scalp
PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 November 2017
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Continental Tyres Cup: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 2
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies took another scalp over FA Women’s Super League 1 opposition in matchday 2 of the Continental Tyres Cup, this time coming from behind to record a dramatic, late 2-1 victory over Yeovil Town at Huish Park.
There was a frantic start to the game with Coral-Jade Haines hitting a ferocious strike onto the crossbar for Sarah Wiltshire – returning to her former home – to place in the rebound only for the goal to be ruled out for offside with four minutes played.
At the other end, Nadia Lawrence broke down the left crossing towards Ella Pusey, who placed her header wide of the near-post with eight minutes gone.
Chloe Lloyd then tried her luck from 25-yards for Yeovil, but couldn’t generate the power needed to trouble Chloe Morgan nine minutes on.
The Lilywhites’ Hannah Mackenzie set Ashleigh Neville away next and her lob picked out Wiltshire, whose pinpoint pass to Bianca Baptiste was denied by Nicola Cousins on 21 minutes.
Two minutes later, Lloyd’s free-kick dropped to Ella Pusey creeping in at the back-post, who couldn’t get the connection needed.
The hosts took the lead on 36 minutes, however, when Gemma Evans’ inside right free-kick was floated in for Mackenzie to head clear, only for Evans to return her cross towards goal which found its way into the far corner.
Spurs nearly equalised when Baptiste picked out Sophie Mclean rushing to the edge, but her powerful strike was blocked by Lawrence on the stroke of half-time.
Five minutes after the break, Evans’ cross was hooked clear by Neville but arrived to Ellie Curson who fired wide of the upright – before Karen Hills’ side took control.
Neville hustled for possession prior to bursting down the left but seeing her cross evade Wiltshire bursting towards goal six minutes later.
On the hour, Neville burst forward playing inside to Wiltshire, whose splitting pass sent Baptiste through only for Howard to rush out and collect.
Three minutes later, Spurs – and Wiltshire – found the equaliser. Lucia Leon shimmied towards goal and slid in Wiltshire who majestically lobbed Howard for the equaliser.
Neville and Baptiste then combined on the left rolling across to Ronnell Humes, whose chip evaded the net on 74 minutes.
Later, Haines’ inside right free-kick was half-cleared for Ryah Vyse to strike inches over from the edge of the area a minute from time.
But Spurs’ will-to-win came to passage when Humes latched onto possession and struck a wonderful lob over Howard from distance in stoppage time.
Yeovil Town Ladies: 12. Beth Howard, 11. Nadia Lawrence, 4. Ellie Curson (14. Hannah Miles 84’), 5. Nicola Cousins, 2. Gemma Evans, 16. Bow Jackson, 27. Georgia Evans, 20. Chloe Lloyd, 9. Kayleigh Green, 8. Jessie Jones, 18. Ella Pusey (7. Paige Sawyer 83’). Substitutes (not used): 12. Laura O’Sullivan, 28. Kelly Aldridge, 3. Leah Burridge, 10. Chloe Melton, 22. Rachel Hignett
Spurs Ladies: 21. Chloe Morgan, 5. Sophie McLean (2. Lucia Leon 57’), 6. Renee Hector, 11. Jenna Schillaci (19. Ryah Vyse 86’), 29. Ashleigh Neville, 16. Maya Vio, 4. Josie Green, 12. Hannah MacKenzie, 23. Coral-Jade Haines, 7. Sarah Wiltshire (24. Ronnell Humes 72’), 8. Bianca Baptiste. Substitutes (not used): 1. Chloe Crooks