Our focus on attacking play and finishing is paying off, says Spurs Ladies’ latest hat-trick hero Wendy Martin
Spurs Ladies’ latest hat-trick hero Wendy Martin says the Lilywhites are benefiting from the focus they have put on their attacking play and finishing after they took their remarkable tally to 26 goals in three games.
Having beaten Carshalton 9-1 and Whyteleafe 12-0 in their previous two outings, Tottenham secured another high-scoring cup victory on Sunday, thumping Enfield Town 5-1 in the second round of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup – one of the two trophies they won last term.
Martin hit a hat-trick – the third Spurs player in successive games to do so – while Lucia Leon also volleyed home.
Goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne then added the fifth goal at the death after coming off the bench in an outfield role and racing down the right flank before firing home at the near post.
“I think we’re creating even more chances than we were last year, and converting them,” said Martin. “We’ve been doing a lot of work in training on finishing and work in the final third. We’re a bit more patient now in making better decisions.
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“I think it’s all coming together. We’ve built on last season because we know that was a weakness of ours last year - we weren’t scoring enough goals. This year we’re punishing teams.
“We’ve got a strong front line, we’ve got goals coming in from all over the pitch – even our goalkeeper got a goal this time! It’s really positive for us going forward.”
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Wayne said: “I just went up front and tried to work hard for the girls, tried to play as simply as I could and be in a position they asked me to be in – and luckily enough I got myself a goal.
“Around the last 15 minutes they were playing really high, I knew I had a little bit of speed about me so I just tried to make sure I made a late run.
“The ball came in from Lu (Lucia Leon), it was flicked on by Nikita [Whinnett] and I hit it from the edge of the box as I don’t think I would have been able to run much further!”
Abbie Bensted, who scored a hat-trick on her first-team debut against Whyteleafe last Tuesday, looked comfortable again at the weekend, setting up one of Martin’s goals.
Martin said: “Abbie’s come up from the reserves and she had a great game on Tuesday, getting herself a hat-trick. She stepped up again on Sunday and she’s got a bright future ahead of her at Spurs.
“She’s composed, moves the ball well and she’s got an eye for goal as well so I really believe she’s one to keep an eye on for the future.
“It’s great that we’ve got such depth to the squad at the moment. Players are coming in and they’re doing jobs and giving the manager a headache – it’s something as well that we’ve built on from last season.
“We’ve got a stronger squad and it’s healthy because when there are little niggles and injuries we’ve got players that can step in and do a really good job for the team.”