Barnet cop it from ladies
English Barclays Premiership
Spurs Ladies will look to ditch the Jeckyl side of their Jeckyl and Hyde character at Billericay on Sunday.
They kicked off a vital Greater London Ladies League Premier Division campaign with a big scare last weekend.
Spurs were 2-0 down before finding their feet and four goals against Barnet Copthall. With every point vital in the race for the championship, it is a scenario they will not want to repeat too often — starting in Essex on Sunday.
Barnet Copthall cashed in on defensive errors to take a commanding 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes at the Frederick Knight Sports Ground.
Thankfully Spurs were handed a way back in just before the break when Michelle Oliver’s surging run was brought to an abrupt halt in the penalty area. With regular penalty taker Siw Wiggen away it was left to Lucy Pinnock to bury the spot kick.
Jenna Schillachi’s arrival in the second half seemed to bring Spurs to life.
Last week’s FA Cup star forced the visitors into an own goal to level the scores at 2-2 before setting up Rebecca Lewis to control and shoot home for an excellent third goal. Kelly Mawston capped the recovery after fine work from Gill Blackmore for the fourth.
Spokeswoman Kay Lovelock commented: “We couldn’t believe the start we made but the second half was one-way traffic. I don’t think they had a shot on goal.”
Spurs Ladies: Wilson, Wiltsher, Hammarin, Broderick, D’Agostino, Mawston, Fearon, Pinnock, Blackmore, Lewis, Oliver. Subs: Schillachi, Curtis, Brigitte, Smith-Da Costa.
Spurs Reserves hammered Colney Heath Reserves 4-0 in GLLL Reserve Division One.
Emma Sheals paved the way for Lucy Palmer to open the scoring and the same player made it 2-0 after good work from Katie Jones.
Faye Hodge tapped in from close range after Kerry Daniells had hit the post before Hodge crossed for Jenny Curtis to complete the scoring.
Spurs Ladies Reserves: Kao, Jones, Tsou, Djoshkoun, Sheals, Curtis, Brigitte, Daniells, Hodge, Mullett, Palmer. Subs: Nain, D’Agostino.
The Under-15s lost 4-0 to Luton Belles in the Herts Girls League.
All four Spurs sides are in action on Sunday. The first team travel to Billericay in GLLL Premier Division (2pm) and the reserves face Enfield Reserves at home in GLLL Reserve Division One (2pm).
In the Herts Girls League the Under-13s travel to Enfield and Under-15s play host to Hoddesdon Owls.