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Ladies dig in for win

Posted on 15 September 2015  - 13:15

Karen Hills admitted Spurs Ladies made life difficult for themselves against Forest Green on Sunday - but was happy with the way the team saw the game out for a 2-1 win.

Spurs Ladies v Forest Green - back row, from left - Hannah Jaadla, Alex Keown, Avilla Bergin, Katie O'Leary, Jenny Moore, Toni-Anne Wayne, Wendy Martin, Lucia Leon, Amy Cooper. Front row, from left - Mollie Kmita, Sopjhie McLean, Jenna Schillaci, Riana Soobadoo, Shannon Moloney, Rosie Kmita, Bianca BaptisteLucia Leon, Wendy Martin and Jenna Schillaci celebrate after Wendy headed home the opener against Forest GreenRosie KmitaLucia LeonAlex KeownBianca BaptisteWendy MartinRosie KmitaRi SoobadooKaren HillsRosie KmitaShannon MoloneyAvilla Bergin

Two goals in a minute in the first half from Wendy Martin and Sophie McLean put Spurs in the driving seat in the FA Women's Premier League South clash at Cheshunt FC.

A third goal didn't materialise though and Paige Stewart pulled a goal back for Forest Green five minutes into the second half.

The visitors looked to push on for an equaliser but Spurs held firm to make it three wins out of four so far in the FAWPL.

"We looked like we might run away with it in the first half," reflected manager Karen. "But credit to Forest Green, they regrouped and made it difficult for us.

"We went 1-0 up on 12 minutes when Wendy Martin met Avilla Bergin's corner and planted home a header.

"The second goal was a good team goal. We won the ball back from the kick-off and went from back to front. Toni-Anne Wayne rolled out to Jenna Schillaci, she found Sophie McLean who went down the left, combined with Katie O'Leary and then drilled into the bottom corner.

"We looked to push on in the second half but we let Forest Green back into it with a goal of our own making, a mix-up at the back and that unsettled us a bit.

Below: The ladies celebrate Wendy Martin's opener against Forest Green


"We made a few changes including bringing on Amy Cooper late on to help tighten us up in midfield and we saw the game out well.

"In a way, it was good to win a game like that because we might have crumbled under pressure at 2-1 at times last season. We always want to play our football but it doesn't hurt to be able to grind out a result as well."

It's a busy spell for the ladies, who now take on Charlton in the FAWPL at Cheshunt on Thursday night (7.45pm) before meeting Forest Green again, this time away, also in league action on Sunday.

Spurs Ladies v Forest Green: Toni Anne-Wayne, Lucia Leon (Mollie Kmita 68), Alex Keown, Jenna Schillaci, Sophie McLean, Wendy Martin, Shannon Moloney, Riana Soobadoo (Amy Cooper 80), Avilla Bergin, Katie O'Leary, Rosie Kmita (Bianca Baptiste 60). Substitutes (not used): Hannah Jaadla, Jenny Moore.