Tottenham Ladies fight back to earn crucial win over promotion rivals

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies defender Ashleigh Neville in action against Manchester United Women (pic: W

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies defender Ashleigh Neville in action against Manchester United Women (pic: Wu's Photography). - Credit: Archant

FA Women’s Championship: Charlton Athletic Women 2 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 3

Spurs Ladies earned a vital victory away to Charlton Athletic Women on Sunday in their pursuit of promotion from the FA Women’s Championship.

At half time, Karen Hills’ team were heading for a defeat and then found themselves two goals down.

However, the Lilywhites produced a massive show of character to triumph 3-2 with left-back Ashleigh Neville on target twice.

Charlton took the lead in the 41st minute when Liz Ejupi headed home a Charlotte Gurr cross and it remained 1-0 at the break.

Shell-shocked by the Addicks goal, Spurs conceded another straight into the second half when Kit Graham fired home from range.

Tottenham were handed a lifeline minutes later when they were awarded a penalty and Rianna Dean converted from 12-yards to reduce the deficit in the 53rd minute.

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Hills’ team still had lots of work to do, but found an equaliser with 20 minutes left and through an unlikely source.

Captain Jenna Schillaci whipped a corner into the area and Neville headed home to level the scores in the London derby.

Now it was all about who could find a winner and Spurs grabbed it with 80 played and through similar circumstances.

Schillaci produced another fine corner and Neville got on the end of the centre to power a header into the net.

It set up a nervy finale, but Tottenham held on to claim a memorable 3-2 victory and remain in second spot.

Hills’ team are now seven points clear of Charlton with only two games left while Durham Women, in third, are four points off the Lilywhites.

There is still work to do for Spurs, but they have given themselves a great chance to join Manchester United Women in next season’s Super League.