FA Cup next for Spurs Ladies
03 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs Ladies take another step on a memorable journey this season when they enter the biggest competition in the ladies’ game - the Women’s FA Cup - on Sunday.
It will mean Spurs are alive and kicking in FIVE competitions.
Top of the FA Women’s Premier League, Spurs have also progressed to the quarter-finals of the FAWPL Cup and the semi-finals of both the Boux Avenue Cup and Capital Cup.
In total, they’ve won 15 and drawn one of 16 matches in all competitions so far this term.
Double cup winners last season - the FAWPL Cup and Boux Avenue Cup - manager Karen Hills’ main target this time around is a place in the top four of the FAWPL, which would be the highest-ever finish in the club’s history.
Barring disaster, that looks in the bag already – Spurs are in a group of four teams who have broken clear in the FAWPL, with fifth-placed C&K already 11 points adrift, having played a game more. They are right in there fighting for the title.
But the focus is back on the Women's FA Cup this weekend. Spurs take on Leyton Orient in the first round proper with the final now played at Wembley Stadium.
The team has progressed to the fifth round on two occasions in their history, the last in 2014-15, when they lost out to Women's Super League 1 side and eventual finalists Notts County. They reached the fourth round last season and took WSL2 Aston Villa to extra time.
In a season where the team has swept all before them, it's no surprise that Karen is aiming for that fifth round again.
"We've set our sights high in the FA Cup because we want to compete against the best teams out there from the WSL," said Karen, who lifted the FA Cup during her playing career.
"The players have the mentality of wanting to go as far as they can in every competition and you've seen that this season.
"We're confident, determined and the players are working hard and every time they step out, they are looking to put in a level of performance whoever is in front of us.
"We reached the fifth round two seasons ago and who knows, with the form we're in this season, perhaps we could go one better. That would be a real acheivement and would show how far we've come over the last few years. We've not stood still and we're always looking for the next target."
Spurs Ladies take on Leyton Orient in the first round of the Women's FA Cup at Cheshunt FC on Sunday (1pm).