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Ladies complete summer work with big Blues friendly

Spurs Ladies face Chelsea in a high-profile final friendly of pre-season at Harlow Town FC on Sunday.

Chelsea were runners-up in the Women's FA Cup last season - beaten on penalties by Birmingham in May's final - and compete at the highest level of women's football in this country, the Super League.

It's an ideal test for the ladies, who are still on a crest of a wave after their performances last season.

As well as achieving their main target for 2011-12 - survival in their first season back in the FA Women's Premier League, Southern Division - they lifted the London FA Women's Cup for the first time.

It's all kicks-off again a week on Sunday, August 19, when the ladies travel to Brighton in their opening fixture of the FAWPL South campaign.

Manager Karen Hills is determined to build on last season and has been pleased with what she has seen so far this summer with new signing Chloe Burr scoring in three out of four friendlies.

"We all want to take it to the next level and that's what it's about this season, to build on what we did last season," said Karen.

"We'd love all Spurs fans to come and watch us against Chelsea on Sunday. Interest in the women's game is increasing all the time, the Olympics has helped that again and the development of the sport is on the up."

Entry is free for Sunday's fixture at Harlow - kick-off 2pm.

Karen Hills

Here is a round-up from Karen of the ladies friendlies so far...

July 22 - Spurs 2-1 Brentwood

"This was our first pre-season game and due to players injured there were opportunities for some of the reserve players to come in and have a run out. Amy Cooper and Chelsea O’Goldings impressed, both players looking capable of stepping up. A new signing, Chloe Burr, who has impressed during pre-season, scored on her debut. There was a debut for another player, Shannon Moloney, who worked well in the midfield alongside in-form Jess Cheeseman."

July 29 - Charlton 6-3 Spurs

"This was a good test for us with Charlton playing in the division above (FAWPL, National Division). We scored three well-worked goals and Jess Cheeseman scored twice, one from 35 yards and the other a good combination with Chloe Burr. Chloe also scored with an assist from Kirsten Thompson. Charlton overran us in the last 10 minutes but it was a good opportunity to test ourselves."

August 2 - Barnet Ladies 2-1 Spurs

"We played some excellent football against another team that will compete in a higher level than us next season (also the FAWPL, National Division). Chloe Burr scored again to put us 1-0 up and we held that until the second half. The game was well contested by both teams and a great work-out for us. Chelsea O'Goldings played well again at left-back."

August 5 - Spurs 1-1 West Brom

"This was a big test as West Brom are a very physical team who play at a high tempo, a fit, young side who play in the Northern Division of the Premier League. We didn't start well and conceded early. Both teams worked hard and we looked to win the ball in midfield and get it out wide to Kirsten Thompson and Jenna Schillaci. We eventually combined to get Kirsten in and she slotted past the goalkeeper. West Brom pushed on again but we held firm defensively."