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Spurs Ladies seventh after draw with Bees

Posted on 22 May 2018  - 16:00

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies finished a creditable seventh in their debut season in Women's Super League 2 after a 1-1 draw against London Bees on the season's final day.

Wendy Martin typically competitive - all photos: Wu's PhotographyToni-Anne Wayne during her final matchSarah Wiltshire challenged in the boxAshleigh Neville gets a foot inBianca Baptiste takes aimCoral-Jade Haines gets the ball under controlBianca Baptiste celebrates after opening the scoringRenee Hector drives forwardKatie O'Leary so closeA hug for Toni-Anne Wayne from skipper Jenna Schillaci at the end of her final match

Bianca Baptiste opened the scoring in the second half with Spurs knowing victory would lift them into sixth but it wasn't to be as the Bees levelled nine minutes later.

Nevertheless, it's mission accomplished for manager Karen Hills and her players after promotion from the FA Women's Premier League. They were determined to compete at this level and they've done just that.

Karen said: "It’s been a campaign that we can all be proud of.

"Even though this season may not have had the silverware and glory of the last one, I believe it may prove to be even more instrumental for our development as a team.

"Not only have we proved that we belong at Women’s Super League level, but our victories over some top flight FA WSL1 Clubs show me that these players are nowhere near the end of their journey together."

The team also waved goodbye to goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne, a key member of the team over the last four seasons who played her final match before retiring.

Below: A guard of honour for Toni-Anne Wayne - all photos thanks to Wu's Photography

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ACTION SUMMARY

Spurs dominated the early exchanges against London Bees at Cheshunt.

Jenna Schillaci’s corner almost found Wendy Martin, Bianca Baptiste broke through but fired wide, Ashleigh Neville's curler was saved by Nicola Hobbs, Baptiste almost found Sarah Wiltshire, Neville was inches away from Jenna Schillaci's free-kick and Baptiste was denied by Hobbs all inside 22 minutes.

Wiltshire went close twice as the pressure continued, first a shot was cleared off the line and she then placed wide from Neville's pass.

Goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne was called into action to keep out Katie Wilkinson and then Paula Howells at the near post. Lucia Leon almost broke the deadlock before the break but it remained goalless at half-time.

Spurs took the lead five minutes after the restart as Baptiste latched onto Wiltshire’s through-ball and calmly slotted home.

Below: Lucia Leon up for an aerial challenge

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Nine minutes later, the visitors levelled. Wayne parried away Ocean Rolandsen’s dangerous cross from the left but Taylor O’Leary gathered and fired in from close range.

Schillaci picked out Coral-Jade Haines for a 30-yarder which forced a fine tip over from Hobbs on 75 minutes.

With eight minutes to go, Martin touched on Schillaci’s corner to the back-post for Katie O’Leary to volley into the arms of Hobbs.

Report from Khalid Karimullah at Cheshunt Football Ground, Theobalds Lane
Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography

MATCH STATS

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: 1. Toni-Anne Wayne, 29. Ashleigh Neville, 6. Renee Hector, 11. Jenna Schillaci, 19. Ryah Vyse (16. Maya Vio 86), 5. Sophie Mclean, 2. Lucia Leon (14. Katie O’Leary 67), 23. Coral-Jade Haines, 10. Wendy Martin (17. Lauren Pickett 90), 7. Sarah Wiltshire, 8. Bianca Baptiste. Substitutes (not used): 21. Chloe Morgan, 12. Hannah Mackenzie.

London Bees: 1. Nicola Hobbs, 24. Merrick Will, 4. Destiney Toussaint, 5. Danielle Lea, 6. Rosanna Lane, 9. Katie Wilkinson (7. Kelsey Gibson 86), 19. Rebecca Anderson (10. Evie Clarke), 11. Paula Howells, 15. Ocean Rolandsen, 17. Emma Beckett, 21. Taylor O’Leary. Substitutes (not used): 18. Grace Taylor, 12. Connie Forman, 2. Chelsea Weston, 20. Alysha Stojko-Down.