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Ladies round-up

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

On Sunday March 18 the girls travelled to Aveley FC to play close rivals West Ham.

Despite having several good chances from Michelle Oliver, Rebecca Lewis, Gill Blackmore and Marie Cordes, including one cleared off the line, in the opening 30 mins the score remained 0-0. In the 31<sup>st</sup> minute West Ham broke free of the Spurs defence and despite keeper Tina Hills desperate attempt slotted the ball into the Tottenham net. Both sides had chances in the remaining quarter of an hour of the first half, but the score remained 1-0.

The second half followed a similar pattern as the first with both sides wasting good chances. Oliver, Blackmore, Teresa Broderick, Lewis and Lucy Palmer all had chances but the ball just would not go in. The second half was marred when one of the West Ham defenders broke her nose in an accidental clash. On the positive side, 16-year-old Kerry Daniells came on to make her 1<sup>st</sup> team debut during the second half.

Final score: West Ham 1-0 Spurs

TEAM: Hills, Wiltsher, Djoshkoun, Broderick, D’Agostino, Oliver, Blackmore, Wiggen, Schillaci, Lewis and Cordes. Subs: Curtis, Daniells, and Johnson.

The double-header match away to Colney Heath on February 25 fell victim to the weather, but the reserve double header at home to Fulham Reserves survived.

Fulham were unbeaten and sweeping all before them - pretty much like their first team in the South East Combination.

The reserves showed tremendous character to reach half time in the first game at 0-0 and although Fulham scored two without reply in the second half the team deserved the praise given.

Game 1: Spurs 0-2 Fulham

The second game started quite differently when Fulham took an early lead and then later in the half got two more goals in quick succession. After a team talk from manager Sandra Brown at half-time Spurs tightened up and only conceded one more goal in the second half.

The games saw four of the under 15’s join Claire Bloomfield in making their reserve team debut - Carly Hicks, Stephanie Jones Ruth Yonatan and Sherry Goodchild.

15-year-old keeper Bloomfield again impressed making several fine stops to thwart the Fulham forwards and was ably supported by Kelly Herrett, 16, and the experienced Handan Djoshkoun in the centre of defence.

Game 2: Spurs 0-3 Fulham

SQUAD: Bloomfield, S Jones, Djoshkoun, Daniells, Herrett, Goodchild, Oshodi, Chipperfield, Palmer, K Jones, Hodge, Curtis, Hicks and Yonatan.

On Sunday March 4 it was the turn of the reserves to be beaten by the weather when their double header away to Chelsea reserves was called off due to the pitch being unplayable.

The first team played hosts to Billericay Town Ladies and after 11 minutes Linda Wiltsher won a tackle in the centre circle and fed Michelle Oliver who evaded a lunge from a Billericay defender and shot into the roof of the net.

On 16 minutes Billericay tested keeper Tina Hills from fully 20 yards, which was taken comfortably. A minute later Spurs were down the other end and a cross from player of the match Jenna Schillaci just evaded Oliver almost on the goal line. In the 19<sup>th</sup> minute Jenna again crossed and the incoming forwards again narrowly missed the ball.

On 30 minutes Billericay equalised with a shot from 16 yards following a poor clearance. In the 37<sup>th</sup> minute Oliver again went close from a Teresa Broderick pass. Oliver got her second after 42 minutes finishing from close range following good approach work from Mo Cordes and Gill Blackmore.

The half-time score was 2-1 to Tottenham

Thirty-four seconds after the re-start, Gill Blackmore scored with a shot just inside the keeper’s left hand post from the edge of the area. Almost straight away Jenna Schillaci picked the ball up on the half way line and went on a mazy run into the box shot low to the keeper’s right hand post. The ball struck the inside of the post and into the net

After 61 minutes Linda Wiltsher ran into the box from the right wing shot across the keeper and was unlucky to see her attempt strike the post and the rebound just the inrushing Schillaci.

A minute later Spurs were further in front when Mo Cordes volleyed in a cross from Jenna Schillaci. Cordes was unlucky two minutes later when played in by Gill Blackmore and the keeper saved her shot.

In the 66<sup>th</sup> minute Jenna Schillaci again showed her dribbling skills when she ran on to a pass from Michelle Oliver, jinked her way past three players in the area before shooting past the keeper. Two minutes later Michelle completed her hat trick when Linda Wiltsher made a surging run down the right wing beat the full back crossed the ball which was headed on by Gill Blackmore and Oliver volleyed in from 15 yards.

Swede Ulrika Hammarin saw her header come back off the underside of the bar in the 72<sup>nd</sup> minute. This was her first game back after several weeks out with a fractured bone in her neck.

Mo Cordes shot and scored with left foot shot after an attempt by Katy D’Agostino was blocked. In the 81<sup>st</sup> minute Michelle Oliver took her tally in this match to four when she ran on to a through ball from Jenny Curtis and buried her shot past the keeper.

With only 5 minutes left Spurs hit double figures when Mo Cordes finished off a move that saw Jenna Schillaci win the ball on the half way line run down the right and provide a fine cross to give Cordes her first hat-trick for the Club.

During the second half substitute Kelly Herrett came on to make her first team debut.

Final score: Spurs 10-1 Billericay

TEAM: Tina Hills, Linda Wiltsher, Jenny Curtis, Ulrika Hammarin, Handan Djoshkoun, Siw Wiggen, Gill Blackmore, Teresa Broderick, Mo Cordes, Michelle Oliver and Jenna Schillaci. Subs: Katy D’Agostino and Kelly Herrett.