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How do you follow your best-ever season?

Posted on 13 July 2016  - 14:00

It's a teasing question, but one Karen Hills had no problems answering as Spurs Ladies prepare for next season.


Her target for 2016-17? "I really want us to push up towards the top three," said Karen.

"That means we work even harder, we want to be more aggressive in our play and a little more clinical in key areas.

"I'm looking at consistency throughout the whole season. We know we can produce in the big games and we showed that last season, it's now about going to places where we'll have to dig deep for a result and perhaps turning a draw into a win.

"That's what I'm looking for, consistency of performance in the league and if we can pick up more silverware, fantastic."

Below: Spurs Ladies celebrate their FAWPL Cup victory last term


Anything above fifth place will topple the club's best-ever finish in the FA Women's Premier League.

That benchmark was set in 2014-15 before the team reached three cup finals and won two last term, including their greatest achievement yet with victory in the national FAWPL Cup. Still in all four cup competitions through to the end of February, the ladies managed a commendable sixth place in the table.

"We have the belief from last season, we have the quality and it's all about putting it together over the course of a full season and not just in the big games," added Karen.

"The players' expectations have risen because they know they can do it now. The talk is already about taking the experiences of last season - good and bad - into this season.

"It's a positive message. We know we can deliver more. The feeling is that we haven't hit the heights we're capable of yet and that we can even better.

"Without question, once you get a taste of success, you want more. The players are determined to push themselves even more and I've seen that already in pre-season."

The team will kick-off their pre-season friendly schedule with a trip to Gillingham on Sunday with the start of the FAWPL campaign against Swindon Town at Cheshunt FC scheduled for August 28.

Spurs Ladies fixtures for the 2016-17 FAWPL