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D-Day for ladies

Spurs Ladies are one win away from survival in the FA Women's Premier League South.

Spurs Ladies are one win away from survival in the FA Women's Premier League South.

They make the long trip to Plymouth this Sunday for their final league match of an 18-game campaign knowing victory will keep them out of the bottom two.

They might not need to win - they are eight points clear of current bottom two Keynsham and Millwall, who both have three games left.

The situation at the wrong end of the table made last weekend's fixture against struggling Keynsham all the more important - and the ladies delivered.

Bianca Baptiste celebrated her return from a three-month absence with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Harlow Town FC on Sunday. Jess Cheeseman struck the fourth.

Manager Karen Hills was delighted to see her team bounce back from what could have been a disastrous 4-0 loss at Millwall the week before.

"After such a disappointment against Millwall it was a great win and a big confidence boost going into the final match against Plymouth," she said.

"I'm confident we can pick up all three points and that will secure our league status for next season."

If all goes to plan, the ladies will complete their league programme before Christmas.

The season has been split between league action and cup football, which will arrive in the New Year when the ladies step into FA Women's Cup, London Cup and League Cup action, with the League Cup played over a group format.

Spurs Ladies 4-0 Keynsham

Bianca Baptiste delivered right on cue for Spurs Ladies in Sunday's crunch match at Harlow.

Needing a win after losing out to Millwall, Karen Hills made a number of changes with Bianca, Jess Cheeseman and Miranda Hall all back in the starting line-up. Vicky Elcome also made an impressive debut in defence.

The team pressured Keynsham from the first whistle and deservedly opened the scoring with Bianca's first after 30 minutes.

The striker made it 2-0 at the start of the second half when she anticipated a back-pass, intercepted, skipped around the advancing goalkeeper and fired home.

Jess was in the right place at the right time to make it 3-0 when she followed in Kirsten Thompson's shot that rattled against the post.

It was left for Bianca to cap a perfect afternoon with a solo goal for her hat-trick and a vital three points.

"What a difference a week makes," said a delighted Karen. "The girls showed real quality.

"We made changes from the defeat against Millwall and they dug in, worked hard and came up with the result that we really needed."