Ladies aim for cup glory
16 April 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Karen Hills is counting down the hours to Spurs Ladies biggest game in three years.
Above: Wendy Martin and skipper Jenna Schillaci preview tonight's final at last week's Open Training
The team take on Charlton in the Ryman Women's Cup Final at Ware FC's Wodson Park, kicking-off at 7.30pm tonight (Thursday, April 16).
It's the team's first cup final since lifting the London Senior Cup in 2012 and the players are determined to have silverware to show for what is arguably the team's best-ever season.
They remain unbeaten in the FA Women's Premier League in 2015 where they are on the fringes of the title race and reached the fifth round of the FA Women's Cup for the first time in 20 years, losing out to Women's Super League team Notts County, a team packed full of England internationals and now in the semi-finals.
Manager Karen has been delighted with the club's progress. "To be honest, we've exceeded even our expectations this season," said Karen, who doubles up as our Women's and Girls Development Officer.
"We're confident, playing well in the league,we did fantastically in the FA Women's Cup and we would all love to add a trophy to cap it all off.
"The players are excited, they can't wait. It's been a while since we reached a cup final and to be playing at home in front of family, friends and Spurs fans could make for a special night."
Charlton have improved dramatically since Spurs beat them 5-2 in the FAWPL back in September.
Currently one place above Spurs in fourth, they put six goals past second-placed Portsmouth on April 5 and followed up by pushing WSL side Everton all the way in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last weekend - the Toffees just scraping through on penalties.
"Charlton are a tough team to beat, full of experience and they've improved as the season has progressed," added Karen, who helped the Addicks lift the FA Cup in her playing career.
"We played superbly against them earlier in the season but I'm sure they will remember that and do everything to prevent that happening again.
"The fact they pushed Everton all the way in the FA Cup last week says everything.
"Having said that, we're in form, the players are working hard, the spirit is fantastic and we know if we play to the levels we're capable of, we can win the trophy."