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Ladies impress again in pre-season

Posted on 15 August 2016  - 15:30

Spurs Ladies stepped up again in pre-season on Sunday.


Unbeaten so far in their summer schedule, the team this time took on Women's Super League giants Chelsea's development squad in a friendly at Hotspur Way.

Maya Vio grabbed an equaliser to maintain Spurs' unblemished record after friendlies against Enfield, Middlesbrough, Arsenal, Watford and now Chelsea.

"We played better as the game progressed and that's what you are looking for in pre-season," said manager Karen Hills.

"Chelsea played in a 4-4-2 system with a diamond shape in midfield but once we got to grips with that, settled and found our rhythm, we did really well. It's another positive step in pre-season."

Spurs now face WSL Reading's development squad in their final friendly at Frederick Knight Sports Ground, Tottenham on Sunday (2pm).

Their FA Women's Premier League campaign kicks-off against Swindon Town at Brimsdown Rovers FC on Sunday week, 28 August, also 2pm.

Below: Kelley Blanchflower impressed again and set up equaliser


Pre-season friendly

Report from Khalid Karimullah at Hotspur Way

Spurs Ladies matched Chelsea's development side and had the better of the chances but had to settle for a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Spurs made their presence felt early on. Nikita Whinnett gathered a loose pass from Abi Mills before breaking away into the area and finding Maya Vio, who could only fire over.

At the other end, Alessia Russo guided her strike towards the far corner forcing Toni-Anne Wayne to claw away at full-stretch. The visitors scored on 14 minutes, Russo’s initial shot was blocked but she followed-up with a half-volley from just outside the area.

Bianca Baptiste rolled an attempt across the face of goal, a four-way move between Lucia Leon, Baptiste, Katie O’Leary and Riana Soobadoo ended with the latter finding Whinnett to shoot wide. Soobadoo, Leon and O’Leary combined for another flowing move, though again Spurs failed to find the net with the latter firing across goal.

Despite a flurry of changes to begin the second-half, the hosts’ momentum didn’t falter. Soobadoo slid a pass through to Whinnett who turned away from Renni Thompson and arrowed her shot past the upright. Jenna Schillaci’s well-worked corner saw Leah Rawle’s cross find Whinnett who sliced an attempt wide.

Megen Lynch denied Lauren Pickett one-on-one. Leon’s effort was close to finding its way inside the near-post until Ocean Rolandsen managed to steer the ball away.

With 79 minutes on the clock, Soobadoo’s pass saw Kelley Blanchflower test Fran Kitching, who palmed away her effort but Vio was there to tap home. In the final minutes, Schillaci’s corner found Renee Hector who could have won it, but couldn’t guide her header on target.

Spurs Ladies: Toni-Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon, Renee Hector, Jenna Schillaci, Sophie McLean, Maya Vio, Riana Soobadoo, Josie Green, Katie O’Leary, Nikita Whinnett, Bianca Baptiste, Megen Lynch, Leah Rawle, Shannon Moloney, Kelley Blanchflower.