FA Women’s Super League 2: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies triumph in nine-goal thriller with Durham Women to mark FA Girls’ Football Week in style
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FA Women’s Super League 2: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 6 Durham Women 3
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies’ determination for three points at Cheshunt Football Ground quickly came to fruition following three goals inside six minutes. And although Durham Women clawed it back to 3-3, the Lilywhites soon put the result beyond any doubt with a 6-3 win, to inspire on a day which marked the Club’s celebration of FA Girls’ Football Week.
Within two minutes, Coral-Jade Haines sent Sarah Wiltshire to the inside left, whose cross was back-heeled across goal and over the line for the opener by Wendy Martin in the FA Women’s Super League 2 clash.
Three minutes later, Bianca Baptiste’s corner evaded a packed penalty box and flew in over Helen Alderson for two.
A minute on, Baptiste grabbed a brace when she latched onto loose possession and slotted past Alderson for three.
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Martin’s cross-field pass was inches from being turned in by Ashleigh Neville on the stretch, who struck the back-post on 19 minutes.
Jordan Atkinson broke down the right and looked to pick out Beth Hepple’s bursts into the box, but Josie Green tracked back with a thunderous tackle to deny the visitors their first break after 31 minutes.
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Rachel Lee’s acrobatic volley from distance was tipped over the upright by the quick reflexes of Toni-Anne Wayne on 38 minutes.
A minute later, Zoe Ness broke away for a one-on-one, but a combination of Renee Hector and Jenna Schillaci’s pressure sent the shot wide.
Sophie Mclean took aim from 25-yards and hit inches past the left post on 43 minutes.
On 45 minutes, Hepple took up a dangerous position and hit with clout into the top corner for a lifeline.
Five minutes into the restart, Nicki Gears drifted into the box from the inside right and curled across goal to make it a one-goal game.
Six minutes on, Hepple’s free-kick from the right arrived to Becky Salicki whose close-rang header was tipped over by Wayne. From the resulting corner, Gears prodded in from close for 3-3.
In back-to-back weeks, Wiltshire gathered her stride and from the inside right struck a dipping screamer from afar into the opposite corner to restore the lead on 64 minutes.
Baptiste’s free-kick from 30-yards narrowly evaded the left post two minutes later.
Neville blocked Emily Roberts’ strike inside the box and her follow through was tipped over by Wayne on 78 minutes.
Ronnell Humes, on for four minutes, guided in Baptiste’s left-sided cross at the back-post on 83 minutes.
In stoppage time, Lucia Leon wrapped up the game when Baptiste’s right-sided cross found the Spanish international who hit home on her return to action.
Spurs Ladies: 1. Toni-Anne Wayne, 19. Ryah Vyse, 6. Renee Hector, 11. Jenna Schillaci (C), 29. Ashleigh Neville, 4. Josie Green, 5. Sophie Mclean (12. Hannah Mackenzie 87), 23. Coral-Jade Haines (2. Lucia Leon 60), 7. Sarah Wiltshire (24. Ronnell Humes 79), 8. Bianca Baptiste, 10. Wendy Martin. Substitutes (not used): 21. Chloe Morgan, 14. Katie O’Leary, 34. Rea Laudat.
Durham Women: 1. Helen Alderson (13. Megan Borthwick 19), 23. Kathryn Hill, 5. Sarah Wilson, 14. Becky Salicki, 3. Annabel Johnson (20. Lauren Briggs 75), 6. Sarah Robson, 96. Rachel Lee, 7. Beth Hepple, 11. Jordan Atkinson (17. Emily Roberts 60), 9. Nicki Gears, 8. Zoe Ness. Substitutes (not used): 4. Grace McCatty.