Spurs Ladies have to settle for a point after Lucia Leon pegs back Watford Ladies
PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 October 2017
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FA Women’s Super League 2: Watford Ladies 1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies came from behind against Watford in a frantic end-to-end FA Women’s Super League 2 contest at Kings Langley, but were left scratching their heads as to how the three points fell from their grasp following a 1-1 draw.
Spurs crafted out the first danger after five minutes. Ashleigh Neville floated a splitting pass to send Lauren Pickett away, which forced Fran Kitching to rush out and gather.
Sarah Wiltshire then broke down the left crossing towards Wendy Martin, who placed past Kitching but found the post two minutes later.
The Hornets’ nearly took the lead when Rinsola Babajide went down under the challenge from Lucia Leon inside the penalty area and Babajide stepped up to send Toni-Anne Wayne the wrong way from the spot, but hit the post with 17 minutes played.
On 21 minutes, Wiltshire recycled with Pickett who turned on the edge and played back to the former, but she placed wide.
Danielle Puddefoot struck from near to 30-yards rattling the upright on 39 minutes before Neville’s inch-perfect pass sent Wiltshire through on the inside left, who struck off target five minutes before the break.
Both sides tested the waters in a nine minute spell after the restart, but it was the hosts who took the lead on 54 minutes. Adekite Fatuga-Dada connected with a fierce volley from inside the area, meeting Bianca Bragg’s left wing cross.
The Lilywhites responded on 61 minutes through Leon, who arrived on the end of Jenna Schillaci’s inside right free-kick - with her back-flick taking a touch off Fatuga-Dada on the way in.
Leon headed Wiltshire’s corner wide of the right post six minutes later before Wiltshire shimmied past two challenges and struck a dipper which bounced into Kitching’s path on 72 minutes.
Martin set-up Wiltshire drifting inside, whose strike from distance was tipped over with 75 on the clock.
Watford’s Merrick Will gathered possession deep in the final-third for a one-on-one, but she struck wide from distance seven minutes later.
Bianca Baptiste burst down the right looking for Wiltshire breaking into the area, who was unable to connect on 87 minutes.
At the other end, Helen Ward struck at the near-post which Wayne reacted to making the stop and Wiltshire’s curler then evaded the upright and Baptiste bursting in at the back-post.
Karen Hills’ side could have won it in stoppage time though, when Martin’s deft touch sent Wiltshire through for a one-on-one, but Kylie McCarthy recovered to see the ball hit the post.
Watford Ladies: 40. Fran Kitching, 2. Charlotte Kerr, 4. Danielle Puddefoot, 6. Sarah Jones, 7. Anneka Nuttall, 11. Rinsola Babajide, 12. Kylie McCarthy, 16. Bianca Bragg (24. Lilli Maple 80’), 19. Natalie Murray (8. Leah Cudone 83’), 23. Merrick Will, 34. Adekite Fatuga-Dada (10. Helen Ward 83’). Substitutes (not used): 13. Weronika Baranowska, 3. Meghan McKeag, 5. Victoria Neal, 17. Simona Petkova.
Spurs Ladies: 1. Toni-Anne Wayne, 2. Lucia Leon (12. Hannah MacKenzie 78’), 6. Renee Hector, 11. Jenna Schillaci, 29. Ashleigh Neville, 16. Maya Vio (23. Coral-Jade Haines 80’), 4. Josie Green, 5. Sophie McLean, 17. Lauren Pickett (8. Bianca Baptiste 59’), 7. Sarah Wiltshire, 10. Wendy Martin. Substitutes (not used): 21. Chloe Morgan, 14. Katie O’Leary.