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Ladies off to a flyer

Posted on 29 August 2016  - 09:00

Spurs Ladies made the perfect start to their FA Women's Premier League campaign against Swindon Town on Sunday.

Maya Vio challenges - photo - Wu's PhotographyBianca Baptiste makes it 1-0 - photo - Wu's PhotographyLucia and Bianca celebrate - photo - Wu's PhotographyJosie Green looks for Wendy Martin - photo - Wu's PhotographySophie McLean - photo - Wu's PhotographyWendy Martin makes it 2-1 - photo - Wu's PhotographyNikita Whinnett on the ball - photo - Wu's PhotographyWendy Martin heads home for 4-1 - photo - Wu's PhotographyWendy celebrates with Jenna Schillaci, Eartha Pond and Renee Hector - photo - Wu's Photography

They took their impressive pre-season friendly form into the real thing with an impressive 4-1 victory at Brimsdown Rovers FC.

The scoreline doesn't quite tell the whole story as Spurs dominated the first half but only led 1-0 and were hauled back just after the hour before three late goals saw them home.

SPURS LADIES 4-1 SWINDON TOWN
FA Women's Premier League

Report from Khalid Karimullah at Brimsdown Rovers FC
Photographs - with thanks to Wu's Photography

Spurs Ladies saw their dominance over Swindon Town finally pay dividends with three goals in the last 15 minutes.

Spurs dominated from the first whistle. Wendy Martin almost met Jenna Schillaci's free-kick, Bianca Baptiste went close and Martin saw a goal disallowed from Nikita Whinnett's cross on 21 minutes.

Below: Spurs Ladies - back row, from left - Renee Hector, Wendy Martin, Toni-Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon, Josie Green. Front row - from left - Nikita Whinnett, Bianca Baptiste, Jenna Schillaci, Riana Soobadoo, Sophie McLean, Maya Vio

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Whinnett and Riana Soobadoo combined for Martin to fire over and Josie Green tested Robyn Levett from 25 yards.

The opener arrived on 32 minutes when Soobadoo's pass was finished by Baptiste. Lucia Leon then hit the post and Levett kept out Soobadoo's return.

Swindon started the second half brightly as Toni-Anne Wayne denied Georgia Walters but at the other end, Spurs were thwarted by the woodwork again as Martin struck the post.

Swindon levelled on 64 minutes as Michelle Rich's free-kick struck the crossbar only for Walters to head home for 1-1.

Spurs came again and grabbed the initiative back in the final 10 minutes.

Below: Wendy Martin taps home for 2-1 - photo - Wu's Photography

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Whinnett broke free before rolling in Martin to tap home for 2-1 before hitting a belter herself for 3-1, cutting in from the left before striking over Levett into the top corner.

The fourth and final goal arrived in added time as Martin rose for a trademark header from Earth Pond's free-kick for 4-1.

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: Toni-Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon (Eartha Pond 75), Jenna Schillaci (c), Renne Hector, Sophie McLean, Josie Green, Maya Vio (Leah Rawle 67), Riana Soobadoo (Kelley Blanchflower 75), Bianca Baptiste, Nikita Whinnett, Wendy Martin. Substitutes (unused): Megen Lynch, Shannon Moloney.