Spurs Ladies march on - huge league win, cup final on Wednesday
04 April 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs Ladies took another step towards potential title glory by beating another of their rivals for the crown on Sunday.
Goals from Nikita Whinnett and Bianca Baptiste secured a 2-0 victory over Coventry United at Cheshunt FC.
The result stretched table-topping Spurs' lead to eight points over Coventry.
Spurs are currently four points clear of second-placed Charlton - who have played three games more - and six clear of Cardiff, who have played the same 14 matches.
It was the perfect preparation for their first cup final of three this week when they face Charlton in the Boux Avenue (Ryman) Cup Final at Cheshunt FC on Wednesday night.
The good news continued for the club as the reserves clinched the FAWPL Reserve Southern Division with a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Below: Spurs line-up before Sunday's match with mascots from Godmanchester Rovers FC
SPURS LADIES 2-0 COVENTRY UNITED
FA Women's Premier League South
Report from Khalid Karimullah at Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane
Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography
Spurs Ladies’ arguably best performance to date saw the Lilywhites emphatically to three vital points in a 2-0 display against Coventry United in the FA Women’s Premier League South. Nikita Whinnett broke the deadlock 29 seconds after coming on - and set up Bianca Baptiste to notch the second.
The first chance at goal fell to the visitors. Marie Gauntlett’s dipper from 25 yards flew wide of Toni-Anne Wayne’s right-hand post. Wendy Martin laid off to the overlapping Baptiste at the other end, who found her loosely struck chance trickle wide.
Josie Green sprayed out to the overlapping Leah Rawle, who despite starting 20 yards behind Ashleigh Neville, managed to latch on and see her dangerous byline cross aiming for Martin steered clear by Natasha Lynch.
Green switched possession from right to left finding Rawle, who popped into Martin setting-up Baptiste, whose strike was caught down low by Susan Wood.
Helen Dermody broke to the inside left finding Gauntlett on the edge of the area, firing low and wide on the turn. Gauntlett rose up heading down from six yards which Wayne did well to read the direction and gather.
Christina Torkildsen blocked Baptiste’s initial piledriver, follow-up attempt, then denied Kelley Blanchflower after she was picked out with precision by Riana Soobadoo.
Jade Brook broke through two challenges letting fly from a central position, which met an inspired Wayne who made the stop after taking a deflection off Jenna Schillaci. Soobadoo freed Baptiste down the right, whose first-time cross was just taken out of Martin’s path by Torkildsen.
Soobadoo’s 25-yard dipper went wide of the left-hand post. Dermody broke to the left channel finding Brook, and her fizzing strike off Renee Hector was saved down well by Wayne.
Following the restart, Sophie Mclean set Baptiste away with a perfectly-placed pass, only for the attempt to be guided wide by Lynch.
Wood was made to get behind Martin’s swerving strike after driving through the middle from Blanchflower’s lay-off. Baptiste fired towards the top left with menace but the shot arrowed wide.
Whinnett proved an inspired substitution, opening the scoring on 68 minutes. Hector played over the top for Martin, whose whipped in cross was latched onto by Whinnett to fire inside the near-post.
Baptiste broke clean through for a one-on-one looking to place across Wood, who got down low to save with her legs. Karen Hills’ outfit ensured it was double trouble for Coventry after Whinnett dispossessed Callan Barber, placing across to Baptiste who coolly finished from close, nine minutes from the end.
It became the perfect result and performance in preparation for Wednesday’s Boux Avenue (Ryman) Women’s Cup Final with rivals, Charlton Athletic.
Spurs Ladies: 1. Toni-Anne Wayne, 2. Lucia Leon, 11. Jenna Schillaci, 19. Renee Hector, 3. Leah Rawle (18. Eartha Pond 87’’), 7. Josie Green, 5. Sophie Mclean, 12. Riana Soobadoo (26. Dan Carlton 83’’), 20. Kelley Blanchflower (9. Nikita Whinnett 67’’), 10. Wendy Martin, 8. Bianca Baptiste. Substitute (not used): Megen Lynch.