Tottenham Ladies secure another pre-season victory
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Pre-season friendly: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 4 West Bromwich Albion 0
Another week, another performance to saviour, as Tottenham Hotspur Ladies made it two wins from two with dominant 4-0 win against West Bromwich Albion in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Hotspur Way.
Sarah Wiltshire wasted no time in testing Lottie McElroy, striking a bouncing 25-yard dipper which was patted down.
Soon after, Sophie Mclean latched onto possession; finding Wiltshire cutting in off the right, whose strike beat McElroy, but not Antonia Smith who cleared off the line.
It took five minutes for the opener to arrive, as Leah Rawle bombarded up the left, crossing to the near-post for Wendy Martin to guide her header into the far corner.
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Lucia Leon combined with Wiltshire moments later, who patiently set up for the strike, which just evaded the right-hand post from inside the area.
Jenna Schillaci sent her free-kick from the edge sailing towards the top right, forcing McElroy to palm over, while Wiltshire’s resulting back-post corner fell to Leon who prodded inches wide.
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Shortly afterwards, Leon charged up the right popping into Wiltshire, who skipped past Smith earning a penalty. Martin duly stepped up, but placed her shot past the upright.
Wiltshire’s early regularity of getting on the scoresheet continued with the clock approaching 17 minutes.
Rawle and Martin combined, laying-off to Wiltshire, who lobbed McElroy at the near-post prior to slotting in.
Minutes later, Wiltshire broke past Louisa Butcher crossing to Martin who placed wide on the slide.
Josie Green collected deep attempting to play Wiltshire down the middle, however her delightful pass dropped inches ahead of the menacing forward.
Leon broke inside finding Kelley Blanchflower, whose first-time strike was palmed out to Wiltshire who placed home – only for the offside flag to keep the score 2-0.
The Lilywhites were three up on the stroke of half-time. Rawle broke forward playing Wiltshire in, who crossed towards Blanchflower to slot home from close.
Seven minutes into the restart, Renee Hector picked out Wiltshire rushing towards the edge, who fired with menace into the top left past Holly Nelson for a spectacular finish.
Green’s swerving 25-yard dipper was kept out by Nelson. Leon played into Green, who looked for the top left with precision which Nelson did well to palm down.
Leon sent the overlapping Mclean away aiming for the near-post, howbeit Nelson palmed clear on the stretch.
Wiltshire shimmied placing towards the bottom right, Nelson palmed towards Blanchflower whose rebound hit the post.
Leon popped into Wiltshire, Nelson couldn’t hold the initial strike and Blanchflower’s follow-up was pounced onto.
Spurs Ladies: Toni-Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon, Jenna Schillaci, Renee Hector, Leah Rawle, Laura-May Walkley (Maya Vio 50), Josie Green, Sophie Mclean, Sarah Wiltshire, Kelley Blanchflower, Wendy Martin.