Ladies topple Lewes
28 March 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs Ladies made it three wins in their last four matches in the FA Women's Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Lewes on Sunday.
The focus of the team's season may well be on three forthcoming cup finals but they are determined not to allow their league form to suffer and went about their business impressively at Cheshunt FC.
Avilla Bergin set the team on their way with the opening goal on six minutes and when Rosie Kmita fired home for 2-0 just before the interval, Spurs were in control.
The result keeps Spurs ahead of C&K Basildon in terms of staying in the top six.
Below: Lucia Leon wins a header against Lewes
SPURS LADIES 2-0 LEWES
FA Women's Premier League South
Report from Khalid Karimullah at Cheshunt FC
Sunday's fixture had a bizarre start, with proceedings being brought to a halt almost straight after kick-off following a spectacular amount of heavy rain. However, as the players stepped back onto the pitch, it was Spurs who took a deserved lead with six minutes on the clock.
Lucia Leon did well to get to the byline prior to finding Bianca Baptiste at the near post and Baptiste's skilful flick to Avilla Bergin allowed the Northern Ireland international to find the net from close range.
Minutes later, Lewes almost found an immediate equaliser as Sian Heather hit a ferocious drive that bounced back off the crossbar.
Bergin then broke through and placed the ball past Lewes' goalkeeper Lauren Dolbear, who had rushed out of her area. Bergin found Ronnell Humes but the forward agonisingly angled an effort wide. Baptiste then made her way past Dolbear from Rosie Kmita's cutting pass only to miss the target.
The hosts doubled their lead four minutes before half-time. Maya Vio drove through the centre and found Rosie Kmita, whose arrowed effort sailed into the far corner of the net.
Momentum stayed with Spurs throughout the second-half. Leon and Baptiste combined out on the left flank, as the latter's cross came within inches from finding Bergin for a tap in. From the resulting corner, Baptiste found Leon whose effort was well saved by Dolbear from six-yards.
Bergin and Baptiste continued to combine excellently, as the latter floated in a delightful cross which just evaded Kelley Blanchflower, with Kelley Newton making a vital clearance. From Bergin's corner, the ball arrived to Baptiste whose half-volley appeared to be creeping in before Hayley West made a vital block.
There was a final chance at either end as the game drew to a close. First, Baptiste played Rosie Kmita away on the left and took a return pass but could only place an attempt wide at the near post. At the other end, Toni-Anne Wayne read Danielle Lane's close-range chance superbly as she ensured that a clean sheet, and the three points were secured.
Spurs Ladies: Toni-Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon, Leah Rawle, Sophie McLean (Eartha Pond 46), Avilla Bergin, Bianca Baptiste, Mollie Kmita, Jenna Schillaci (c), Maya Vio, Rosie Kmita, Ronnell Humes (Kelley Blanchflower 55).
Player of the match - Maya Vio.