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Ladies target big time

English Barclays Premiership

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies are targetting the big time - and that means glory has to follow this season.

They are three steps away from joining the likes of Arsenal and Doncaster in the AXA FA Women's Premier League.

The first step is promotion from the Greater London Ladies League into the South-East Combination and to achieve that, they must win the GLLL Premier Division this season.

The championship wouldn't be the end of the story though. If they lift the title, they will then enter a four-team play-off for promotion. The next two steps after that are from the SE Combination to National Division One South and then, finally, the AXA FA Women's Premier League.

It is a long trek but Spurs - whose top-scorer last season Zoella Freeman is pictured right - are confident they can take that crucial first step this season.

They finished third last season after a series of injuries led to a disappointing start. A storming run-in saw them fly up the table and at full strength, few sides can live with the girls from N17.

Secretary and spokeswoman Kay Lovelock said: "It's all about promotion this season. We were third last time around but had loads of problems and disruptions early in the season.

"We want to start moving up the ladder, we're confident and that means the league is the top priority."

Spurs have a few new arrivals to aid that bid. Rebecca Lewis, who formerly played for Cambridge University, has taken her first steps into the club game while New Zealanders Kelly Mawston and Joy Howland have joined having arrived in the country to work. Other newcomers include Jenny Schilachi and Charlotte Kao.

Meanwhile Terry Peters has joined the club in a coaching role and Sandra Brown has taken over as boss of the reserve team.

Spurs Ladies will run four teams this season. The first team are in GLLL Premier Division, the reserves in GLLL Reserve Division One while the Under-13s and Under-15s compete in the Herts Girls League.

Last week's petrol crisis forced the early postponement of the ladies' first league game against London Colney, scheduled for Sunday.

They return to action on Sunday September 24 against Hastings Town in the AXA Women's FA Cup at the Frederick Knight Sports Ground, Tottenham.