FA Women’s Super League 2: Ashleigh Neville and Sarah Wiltshire goals can’t prevent Tottenham Hotspur Ladies suffering home defeat

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies' goalscorers Sarah Wiltshire (centre) and Ashleigh Neville shown their disa

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies' goalscorers Sarah Wiltshire (centre) and Ashleigh Neville shown their disappointment (pic: wusphotography.com - Credit: Archant

FA Women’s Super League 2: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 2 Sheffield FC Ladies 4

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies' Ashleigh Neville gets up to head home against Sheffield FC Women (pic: wus

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies' Ashleigh Neville gets up to head home against Sheffield FC Women (pic: wusphotography.com). - Credit: Archant

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies saw their chances of maintaining the winning feeling from Thursday’s FA Women’s Super League 2 win at Oxford United Women soon get away, following a 4-2 defeat to Sheffield FC on Sunday at Cheshunt Football Ground.

Bianca Baptiste sent Wendy Martin through on the inside left, whose touch goalbound was smothered by Danielle Gibbons within two minutes.

With four minutes on the clock, the visitors took the lead. Melissa Johnson took advantage of a bobble deep in Spurs’ half and struck into the bottom right from 20-yards.

Hannah Cain’s left sided cross saw Jenna Dear crash her shot off the upright, before Melissa Johnson headed inches wide three minutes on. Toni-Anne Wayne palmed Cain’s long-range strike away from the bottom left on nine minutes.


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Jenna Schillaci’s corner came within inches of meeting Martin’s header, who subsequently found Baptiste to volley over four minutes later. Baptiste’s corner was headed inches past the left post by Katie O’Leary with 16 minutes played.

Nine minutes on, Cain and Melissa Johnson combined down the left for Dear inside to strike wide. Cain shimmied from left to centre and swerved a strike wide of the right post on 29 minutes.

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Gibbons got behind Josie Green’s 18-yard hit after interchanging with Ashleigh Neville just past the half hour mark.

Wayne rushed out to send Emma Johnson’s one-on-one attempt wide of the left post on 34 minutes. Sheffield doubled their lead two minutes before the break. Dear’s inside left, low free-kick was guided inside the near-post by Melissa Johnson.

For minutes into the restart, Martin and Ryah Vyse combined for Sophie Mclean to strike towards the top left, which Niamh Cashin deflected wide.

Spurs found the breakthrough on 51 minutes, when Neville rose to meet Baptiste’s near-post corner and emphatically head past Gibbons to open her account.

On 72 minutes, the two-goal advantage was restored. Melissa Johnson played across to Chloe Dixon who fired past Wayne from close.

Hannah Mackenzie headed Baptiste’s free-kick on for Martin to head home, but she was deemed offside seven minutes on.

The goal of the game arrived on 79 minutes. Sarah Wiltshire latched onto Neville’s lobbed pass and hit a thunderous swerving dipper from distance into the far right corner, to make it a one-goal difference.

But the result was put beyond the Lilywhites when Melissa Johnson’s cross was inadvertently turned into her own net by Wiltshire on 87 minutes.

Spurs Ladies: 1. Toni-Anne Wayne, 19. Ryah Vyse (17. Lauren Pickett 75), 6. Renee Hector, 11. Jenna Schillaci (c), 29. Ashleigh Neville, 4. Josie Green, 23. Coral-Jade Haines (12. Hannah Mackenzie 63), 14. Katie O’Leary (5. Sophie Mclean 45), 7. Sarah Wiltshire, 10. Wendy Martin, 8. Bianca Baptiste. Substitutes (not used): 21. Chloe Morgan.

Sheffield FC Ladies: Danielle Gibbons, 2. Sarah Jackson, 4. Sherry McCue, 5. Danielle Fox, 6. Jenna Dear, 7. Ellie Gilliatt (c), 9. Melissa Johnson (8. Hannah Dale 89), 14. Hannah Cain (12. Rhema Lord-Mears 77), 18. Chloe Dixon (17. Katie Anderson 77), 19. Niamh Cashin, 20. Emma Johnson. Substitutes (not used): 21. Nicole Kemp.

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