02 August 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies step up their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday.
It’s been a case of so far, so good this summer with three wins out of three against Ebbsfleet, Maidenhead and Exeter.
After Trinidad & Tobago, the team faces Arsenal at their new home, Ware FC, on Thursday August 15 and then Millwall (August 18) and Barnet (August 25) before the big kick-off in the FA Women’s Premier League South at Chesham United on Sunday, September 1.
It’s a new-look Premier League with no National Division – the Premier League is now split equally into North and South Divisions.
With the highest level of women’s football now the Super League, which runs in the summer, Spurs Ladies are now at the top of the pyramid outside the WSL.
Manager Karen Hills is in a positive frame of mind as 2013-14 approaches.
“Pre-season has gone really well, the girls have trained hard and we’ve played three friendlies so far and won them all,” said Karen, the club’s Girls & Women Football Development Officer.
“Now we’ve a step up in opposition against Trinidad & Tobago, who are touring the country and playing a few matches. It’s a great challenge for us.
“I think we look strong and the team is coming together well. We’ve lost one key player in the summer, our captain Sam Pittuck, who has gone back to Charlton, but everyone else is here, we’ve signed goalkeeper Chloe Morgan and I’m looking forward to watching the progress of Andrea Marcoci, who broke into the first team at the end of last season and is looking good.”
Karen admitted the team had a scare last season when they narrowly avoided relegation back to the South-East Combination.
“It was a case of second-season syndrome,” she added. “We did really well in our first season (2011-12) in the Premier League South but we had a bad start and it was uphill from there.
“The girls will have learned their lessons from that and we’re all confident we can push on again.”