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Ladies put four past Baggies in latest friendly

Posted on 31 July 2017  - 14:46

Another week, another performance to savour. Spurs Ladies made it two wins from two in pre-season after a dominant 4-0 win against West Bromwich Albion in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Hotspur Way on Sunday, writes Khalid Karimullah.

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New signing Sarah Wiltshire, who netted twice in last week’s win over Gillingham, repeated the feat this time, with Wendy Martin and Kelley Blanchflower joining her on the scoresheet.

Wiltshire wasted no time in testing Lottie McElroy in the Baggies’ goal, striking a bouncing 25-yard dipper which was patted down. Sophie Mclean then latched onto possession, finding Wiltshire cutting in off the right whose strike beat McElroy, but not Antonia Smith who cleared off the line.

It took five minutes for the opener to arrive. Leah Rawle bombarded up the left, crossing to the near post for Martin to guide her header into the far corner.

Lucia Leon combined with Wiltshire, who patiently set up for a strike which just evaded the right-hand post from inside the area. Jenna Schillaci then sent her free-kick from the edge of the area sailing towards the top right, forcing McElroy to palm over. Wiltshire’s resulting corner fell to Leon at the back post, who prodded inches wide.

As the half went on, Leon charged up the right and played in to Wiltshire, who skipped past Smith, earning a penalty. Martin duly stepped up but placed her shot the wrong side of the upright.

Wiltshire’s early habit of getting on the scoresheet with regularity continued approaching 17 minutes. Rawle and Martin combined, laying off to Wiltshire who lobbed McElroy at the near-post prior to slotting in. Minutes later, Wiltshire broke past Louisa Butcher and crossed to Martin, who placed wide on the slide.

Josie Green later collected the ball deep and attempted to play Wiltshire down the middle, however, her delightful pass dropped inches ahead of the menacing forward. Leon then broke inside finding Kelley Blanchflower, whose first-time strike was palmed out to Wiltshire, who in turn placed home – only for the off-side flag to keep the score at 2-0.

The Lilywhites were three up on the stroke of half-time. Rawle broke forward playing Wiltshire in, who crossed towards Blanchflower to slot home from close range.

Seven minutes after the restart, Renee Hector picked out Wiltshire rushing towards the edge of the area, who fired with menace into the top left past Holly Nelson – a spectacular finish.

Green’s swerving 25-yard dipper was kept out by Nelson while Leon played in to Green, who looked for the top left with precision but the keeper did well to palm down. Leon then sent the overlapping Mclean away with her effort heading inside the near post, but Nelson palmed clear on the stretch.

Later on, Wiltshire fired towards the bottom right and Nelson could only palm towards Blanchflower, but she hit the post with the rebound. Leon then popped towards Wiltshire, Nelson couldn’t hold the initial strike but Blanchflower’s follow-up was pounced upon.

Spurs Ladies: Toni-Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon, Jenna Schillaci, Renee Hector, Leah Rawle, Laura-May Walkley (Maya Vio 50), Josie Green, Sophie Mclean, Sarah Wiltshire, Kelley Blanchflower, Wendy Martin.