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Ladies denied by late leveller

Posted on 14 September 2011  - 12:00

Spurs Ladies were denied victory after late equaliser from Gillingham in their latest Premier League South encounter on Sunday.

Spurs Ladies were denied victory after late equaliser from Gillingham in their latest Premier League South encounter.

The ladies had the advantage of a strong wind blowing in their favour in the first half of Sunday's clash at Harlow Town FC.

They were more composed in possession and took the lead in the 25th minute when Jess Cheeseman picked out Wendy Martin, who guided her headed home.

Martin was denied a second goal by the visiting goalkeeper and the team went into half-time 1-0 up but knowing the second half would be tougher against the wind.

Defensively solid, Jo Ayre was forced into one fine save and it looked like the points were safe when Bianca Baptiste fired home, only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul.

With five minutes left, Spurs were penalised for a handball on the edge of the area, Gillingham took a quick free-kick and levelled.

"I'm disappointed as I felt we deserved the three points," said manager Karen Hills.

"We should have scored more than the one goal and their equaliser came from our mistake when we didn't react to the quick free-kick.

"It's a massive learning curve for us and we've cost ourselves, really.

"I thought the back five were excellent in the conditions and we'll now regroup and look ahead to Colchester on Sunday, another tough fixture."