Spurs Ladies open up healthy lead at the top after stinging Bees

Jessica Naz is congratulated by her team-mates after scoring for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in their 3

Jessica Naz is congratulated by her team-mates after scoring for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in their 3-0 win over Lewes Women (pic: Wu's Photography). - Credit: Archant

FA Women’s Championship: London Bees 0 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 3

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies cruised to a 3-0 win against London Bees on Sunday to keep pace at the top of the FA Women’s Championship.

Rianna Dean’s 15th goal of the season gave the Lilywhites the lead, before an own-goal from Annabel Johnson and another delightful strike by Sarah Wiltshire wrapped up three points for Spurs.

A fourth consecutive league victory ensured Tottenham increased the gap at the summit to seven points and they are yet to lose a game in all competitions so far this year.

Manager Karen Hills made five changes to the side who overcame Crystal Palace in the Women’s FA Cup as Megan Wynne, Renée Hector, Wiltshire, Coral-Jade Haines and Sophie Mclean all regained their place in the starting XI.

Dean broke the deadlock after 14 minutes, with her fourth goal in five games, via from the penalty spot.

Destiny Toussaint was judged to have handled the ball in the 18-yard box from Megan Wynne’s cross and Dean stepped up to convert the spot kick calmly into the bottom left corner.

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Nine minutes later, Spurs doubled their advantage when Dean’s header from Wiltshire’s ball in was turned into the back of the net by Bees’ defender Johnson.

The Lilywhites made a perfect start to the second half as a third goal arrived within two minutes of the interval.

After being awarded for Player of the Month for January on Wednesday, Wiltshire continued the celebrations by finishing off an excellent move involving Haines and Jessica Naz to secure a comfortable win at the Hive Stadium.

“For us it was a massive three points against a team who have been doing really well,” head coach Juan Amoros said, after defeating Bees, who came into the game following three consecutive wins.

“It’s beautiful to see how these group of players work and what we did during the week in training, they delivered and it was different class.

“Everyone in the team is working so hard so I was very pleased to score another three goals and get another clean sheet.”

Top goalscorer Dean added: “I’m really pleased and I can’t fault the performance. I thought the girls were brilliant.

“I think you could always tell a performance like this one was coming from the week we had in training – it was a different level and that showed on the pitch.

“Every goal that I do score is not just because I’m putting it in the back of the net, but because the whole team have battled well for me to just finish the product off, and those goals aren’t just credit to myself, but a massive credit to the team.”

London Bees: Sarah Quantrill, Annabel Johnson, Ellie Wilson, Destiny Toussaint (Lauren Pickett 71), Katie Wilkinson ©, Ruesha Littlejohn, Taylor O’Leary (Nicola Gibson 59), Tricia Gould (Connie Forman 59), Ocean Rolandsen, Merrick Will, Rachel Unitt.

Unused Substitutes: Daisy McLachlan, Hannah Wheeler, Mollie Dench.

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: Chloe Morgan, Josie Green, Sophie Mclean (Lucia Leon 80), Reneé Hector, Sarah Wiltshire (Angela Addison 50), Rianna Dean, Jenna Schillaci ©, Megan Wynne, Jessica Naz, Ashleigh Neville, Coral-Jade Haines (Emma Beckett 66).

Unused Substitutes: Emma Gibbon, Bianca Baptiste.