Spurs Ladies begin defence of Ryman Cup with 12-0 win!
19 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs Ladies clearly mean business in defence of the trophies they won last season.
Having hit 10 against West Ham in the first round of their defence of the FA Women's Premier League Cup, Spurs ran up a dozen against Whyteleafe Ladies of the Surrey County League in the first round of the Boux Avenue (Ryman) Women's Cup, the first trophy they lifted last term.
And that came just three days after a 9-1 win against Carshalton in the Capital Cup!
Three players scored hat-tricks, including debutant Abbie Bensted.
WHYTELEAFE LADIES 0-12 SPURS LADIES
Boux Avenue Women's Cup
Report by Khalid Karimullah at Whyteleafe FC, Church Lane
Spurs Ladies recorded a statement-making win to begin their quest in retaining the Boux Avenue Women’s Cup by hitting 12 goals without reply past Whyteleafe on Tuesday night.
Nikita Whinnett tested goalkeeper Sophie Bridson early before the breakthrough after 16 minutes as Wendy Martin met Cheryl Williams’ corner to the back-post and powered home her header. Just four minutes later, Whinnett’s cross from the right flank was too high for Blanchflower, but the ball looped over Bridson and dipped into the net.
Below: Kelley Blanchflower grabbed a hat-trick (photo: Wu's Photography)
Whinnett and Blanchflower combined near the byline as the latter found Abbie Bensted, who on the turn made no mistake in finding the top corner with a thunderous finish from just inside the area. Williams’ 25-yard dipping free-kick forced a diving save from Bridson, Whinnett’s strike was tipped into the path of Blanchflower who just couldn’t guide her chance on target before a fourth goal arrived on 41 minutes. Moloney’s lay-off from 20-yards was hit first-time by Bensted whose strike arrowed into the top corner.
The pattern remained the same into the second half and just four minutes after the restart, Leanne Mabey prodded the ball over the line from Williams’ corner. A carbon-copy goal arrived two minutes later, Martin connected with Williams’ corner for a guided finish.
It was seventh-heaven for Spurs on the stroke of an hour, Blanchflower drifted into the box striking emphatically across Bridson. She was at it again just two minutes later, sweeping the ball across the floor for another driven finish.
Below: Nikita Whinnett also hit a treble (photo: Wu's Photography)
Whinnett’s trickery saw her taken down inside the area by Emma Cottier-Small, but Bridson wasn’t to be beaten this time and pushed Whinnett's spot-kick past the post. A ninth goal arrived 13 minutes from time, Williams’ cross-field pass was finished inside the far-post by Whinnett - making it nine goals in back-to-back games.
The first hat-trick of the night went to Whinnett nine minutes from time, as she placed home after Blanchflower’s close-range strike from Sophie McLean’s looped pass was tipped her way. Blanchflower guided the ball underneath Bridson for her third on 83 minutes, and a hat-trick of hat-tricks was completed with five minutes remaining. Bensted, making her first-team debut, carried a lot of clout behind her delightful finish across goal.
Spurs Ladies: Megen Lynch, Emily Masters, Renee Hector (Shona Chitate 58), Leanne Mabey, Shannon Moloney, Maya Vio (Sophie Mclean 66), Wendy Martin (Shakira Waithe 58), Abbie Bensted, Kelley Blanchflower, Cheryl Williams, Nikita Whinnett.