FA Women’s Super League 2: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies held to 1-1 draw at home to London Bees to finish season in seventh
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Tottenham Hotspur Ladies shared a point apiece with London Bees after a 1-1 draw in the final game of what’s been a debut season for the Club in the FA Women’s Super League 2.
Nevertheless, the day was more than about the result as The Lilywhites waived farewell to number one custodian, Toni-Anne Wayne who brought an end to an outstanding career.
Jenna Schillaci’s corner almost found the head of Wendy Martin to guide home from inside six-yards, but Nicola Hobbs punched clear the danger after four minutes.
Wayne gathered Emma Beckett’s inside left free-kick out of the air in a crowded penalty box, receiving roaring cheers in the process on eight minutes.
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Baptiste broke through a minute later, but placed inches wide across goal.
Ashleigh Neville cut inside off the right and curled towards the top corner, which Hobbs held two minutes later.
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Less than a minute passed when Baptiste’s menacing run and cross for Sarah Wiltshire’s burst into the box was met by Rosanna Lane to clear.
Schillaci’s intelligent free-kick to the front-post came within inches of being touched in by Neville after 21 minutes.
Wiltshire sent Baptiste through whose initial shot was saved by Hobbs’ legs, before the striker sent a shot wide a minute later.
Wiltshire’s stretching shot was cleared off the line by Lane, before she latched onto Neville’s precision touch but placed wide with half an hour played.
Ocean Rolandsen’s left-sided cross picked out Katie Wilkinson to guide towards the bottom corner, which Wayne kept out three minutes on.
Paula Howells struck towards the near-post off the right, which Wayne stretched to stop on 37 minutes.
Destiney Toussaint got her strike away, which Renee Hector vitally blocked inside the area with 44 minutes played.
In added time before the break, Ryah Vyse’s deep cross came within inches of meeting Lucia Leon inside the six-yard box. And Leon had another chance when she burst through, but fired wide.
Spurs took the lead five minutes after the restart. Baptiste latched onto Wiltshire’s through-ball and calmly slotted inside the near-post.
Nine minutes later, the visitors levelled. Wayne had to parry Rolandsen’s dangerous cross from the left which Taylor O’Leary gathered and fired in from close.
Schillaci picked out Coral-Jade Haines to fire from 30-yards, which Hobbs had to tip over on 75 minutes.
With eight minutes to go, Martin touched on Schillaci’s corner to the back-post for Katie O’Leary to volley into the arms of Hobbs for a seventh-place finish.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: 1. Toni-Anne Wayne, 29. Ashleigh Neville, 6. Renee Hector, 11. Jenna Schillaci, 19. Ryah Vyse (16. Maya Vio 86), 5. Sophie Mclean, 2. Lucia Leon (14. Katie O’Leary 67), 23. Coral-Jade Haines, 10. Wendy Martin (17. Lauren Pickett 90), 7. Sarah Wiltshire, 8. Bianca Baptiste. Substitutes (not used): 21. Chloe Morgan, 12. Hannah Mackenzie.
London Bees: 1. Nicola Hobbs, 24. Merrick Will, 4. Destiney Toussaint, 5. Danielle Lea, 6. Rosanna Lane, 9. Katie Wilkinson (7. Kelsey Gibson 86), 19. Rebecca Anderson (10. Evie Clarke), 11. Paula Howells, 15. Ocean Rolandsen, 17. Emma Beckett, 21. Taylor O’Leary. Substitutes (not used): 18. Grace Taylor, 12. Connie Forman, 2. Chelsea Weston, 20. Alysha Stojko-Down.