Soobadoo’s off the mark but Spurs Ladies are held to a draw

Midfielder Riana Soobadoo says her first goal of the season is a weight off her shoulders – but she was disappointed that her equaliser only secured a draw as Tottenham’s perfect start to the season came to an end.

Spurs won their first four fixtures in the Women’s Premier League Southern Division, but they fell behind in the 13th minute of Sunday’s home game against C&K Basildon – and although Soobadoo levelled just after the hour-mark, Karen Hills’ side had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

“Personally it’s nice for me to get off the mark this season,” said Soobadoo. “I’ve contributed a lot of assists but for me to get a goal finally is a bit of weight off my shoulders.

“We’re more than capable of anyone scoring goals in this team, whether that’s from our forwards or defenders. We look threatening from every set piece, from every corner that we take, so it’s nice to have that balance and know that we can win the game from anywhere on the pitch.

“It was definitely a different situation for us - the first time this season that we’ve gone in at half-time being down. We had to show a different type of character and performance in the second half, and I think we came out and did everything that Karen and Juan [Amoros] asked of us at half-time.

“We didn’t concede again, we lifted our tempo, got back into the game and we were unfortunate to not go on and win it. We’re all disappointed but, you know, that’s a good thing.

“Equally, we know as well that, being where we are, every team that comes and plays us now is going to do what C&K did and try to get at us, park the bus, and stop us from playing and attacking.

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“Credit to them, they did that. That’s just something we’re going to have to deal with and try and overcome for the next game.”

Captain Jenna Schillaci added: “There is a real winning mentality within the players this season so to come away with one point, the girls were naturally disappointed.

“The coaches have prepared us to deal with different scenarios that will happen in matches, which is a great tool for us when things don’t go our way on the pitch.

“To get ourselves back into the match and produce a much-improved second-half performance, we were unlucky not to go on and win the game.”

Spurs Ladies are in action again tomorrow (Wednesday), hosting QPR at Cheshunt FC, kicking off at 7.45pm.