Rosie Kmita hails the morale in the Spurs Ladies squad after victory over Lewes
Rosie Kmita says the morale in the Spurs Ladies squad has been a key factor in this season’s success – although she admits the team should have done better in the league.
Tottenham have enjoyed a fine campaign in their knockout competitions and have three cup finals to look forward to, while they returned to action in the FA Women’s Premier League with a 2-0 home win over Lewes on Sunday.
Kmita, who was playing at left-back, scored the second goal following an early strike from Avilla Bergin, and she has underlined the value of the atmosphere in the dressing room.
“Spirits are high at the moment, we’re all very excited about what’s to come,” she told Ham&High Sport. “It’s a very exciting part of the season for us – although, with this squad, throughout the season if it’s one thing we’ve got it’s high morale, high spirits.
“We’ve always been one club, one family, one big team. We all get on, on and off the pitch, and I think you can tell. It’s a great squad to be in and morale has always been high for us regardless of where we are or how we’re doing.
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“We’ve got so much depth, talent and quality throughout the squad - everyone plays their role. We had a few players missing at the weekend, but everyone that does play is quality.
“We’re all supportive of one another. Anyone that starts, we’re all behind them, and anyone that’s on the bench, we’re behind them too - and it’s that same way throughout the squad.”
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Spurs lie sixth out of the 12 teams in the Southern Division of the Premier League with three games remaining, and Kmita went on: “To be honest it’s a tough position to be in in the table.
“We’re not near the promotion places and neither are we near the relegation spots. It’s quite tough because we’re midtable but I can’t put a finger on why we’ve not done as well as I think we could have, or should have, in the league.
“We’re not in the top four but I think every team in the league is tough this season. However, I think we’ve had a really good season overall and our main focus is on the three cup finals now.”
Spurs took the lead after just six minutes at their Cheshunt home base on Sunday, with Bianca Baptiste flicking on Lucia Leon’s cross at the near post and allowing Bergin to finish at close range.
Sian Heather nearly equalised soon after, hitting the bar, but Ronnell Humes and Baptiste went close for Tottenham and the hosts doubled their lead four minutes before the break as Maya Vio embarked on a lung-bursting run through the centre before freeing Kmita, whose strike arrowed into the far corner of the net.
Karen Hills’ side maintained their momentum in the second half. Baptiste’s cross nearly found Bergin for a tap-in and Leon drew a save from Dolbear with a header six yards out before Baptiste’s half-volley was blocked by Hayley West.
Both sides then created a fine chance to score in the closing stages. Baptiste played a one-two with Kmita before shooting wide and, at the other end, Spurs goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne anticipated Danielle Lane’s close-range effort to ensure a clean sheet.
“I think we started really well and went at them from the start,” said Kmita. “Overall it was a good performance. After the goals went in maybe the momentum dropped a bit, but we worked hard as a team.
“I was happy to get the goal. Playing left-back, you’re not expecting to get one particularly, but the gap opened up so I thought I’d drive into that space and I hit it pretty well.”