Manager of the Month
Spurs Ladies are top of the FA Women's Premier League South with eight wins and a draw from nine games - and that form has earned Karen Hills the first-ever Manager of the Month award for the North and South Divisions from the FAWPL.
"It's an absolute honour but this award is all about the team and the fantastic staff around me," said Karen. "We're all together and determined to maintain the standards we've set so far this season.
"Everyone is working so hard, the team has been brilliant and this award reflects that."
FA Cup draw
Spurs have been drawn at home against Gillingham in the second round proper of the Women's FA Cup.
Gillingham remain unbeaten in the FAWPL South-East Division One. The teams met at the start of November in the FAWPL Cup with Spurs running out 4-2 winners.
The tie will be played on Sunday, January 8.
"It's a tough one," said Karen. "We beat them a few weeks ago but they've made a few changes to the team since then, brought in a few players and they are a team in form at the moment."
FA Cup win
Spurs stretched their incredible start to the season to 16 wins and a draw in 17 matches so far this season with a 1-0 win against Leyton Orient in the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday. Wendy Martin scored the winner and Spurs are now alive in five competitions - top of the FAWPL, League Cup. FA Cup, Boux Avenue Cup and Capital Cup.
Below: Spurs Ladies line-up against Leyton Orient
WOMEN'S FA CUP
Spurs Ladies 1-0 Leyton Orient
Report from Khalid Karimullah at Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane
Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography
Wendy Martin’s 76th-minute header ensured Tottenham Hotspur Ladies are still alive and kicking in five competitions, after overcoming a stern Leyton Orient in the first round proper of the Women’s FA Cup.
Sophie Mclean burst forward patiently playing a pass down the right flank to Bianca Baptiste, whose first-time cross looking for Martin was just hooked away by Danielle Griffiths. Baptiste continued in the thick of the action, her precise cross found Cheryl Williams at the far-post who played a pass into the path of Maya Vio to poke just wide from the edge of the box.
Baptiste broke to the byline cutting back inside to Martin waiting to pounce at the near-post, who was again left frustrated by Griffiths' last-ditch clearance. Eartha Pond’s following corner was curled onto the top of the crossbar to the relief of goalkeeper Naomi Ogunde.
Against the run of play, Sophie Cooper charged through on goal only to be denied twice by Megen Lynch who got down low to her left.
Williams’ looped cross from the inside left channel was clipped towards goal by Martin pulling away at the back-post, but her shot trickled into the arms of Ogunde. On the stroke of half-time, Vio hit Williams’ weighted-pass first-time on the edge of the area but could only watch as her lob went narrowly past the left-hand post.
Lucia Leon recycled possession with Riana Soobadoo whose deep cross was headed just wide by Martin. Soobadoo returned the favour to Leon charging up the right flank, and her magnificent whipped cross was guided inches wide by Nikita Whinnett’s diving header.
Leon proved to be a constant threat, her driving run and low zipped strike off the surface forced Ogunde into a hurried save down low. Jenna Schillaci’s introduction into the fray added calmness, and her cross from the inside right channel was headed over the upright by the towering Martin from close range.
Baptiste played across to Martin whose outstretched leg guided the ball towards the inside of the near-post, but Griffiths made a hurried clearance off the line.
The Lilywhites’ persistence paid dividends when Schillaci’s curled cross was headed home by Martin who managed to guide the ball away from Ogunde.
Williams’ teasing pass through to Baptiste saw her cross evade Martin and Whinnett charging in at both respective posts. Leon’s quick feet drew a heavy challenge inside the area with 10 minutes remaining. Mclean stepped up sending Ogunde the wrong way from the spot, but could only find the post. Martin came close to doubling the lead at the death forcing Ogunde to tip her 20-yard dipper onto the woodwork.
Megen Lynch, Lucia Leon, Renee Hector, Eartha Pond (Jenna Schillaci 56), Leah Rawle, Sophie Mclean, Riana Soobadoo, Maya Vio (Nikita Whinnett 56), Wendy Martin, Cheryl Williams (Kelley Blanchflower 83).