Posted on 23 April 2018
Spurs Ladies were denied back-to-back wins in the FA Women's Super League 2 by Sheffield FC on Sunday.
Three days after a fine win against Oxford in WSL 2, Spurs were always chasing the game at Cheshunt FC and ended up on the wrong side of a 4-2 scoreline.
The result leaves Spurs sixth of 10 in WSL 2 with four matches remaining.
It's a fascinating run-in for the team as well with three of those remaining matches against opposition currently in the top five - Durham next up at Cheshunt this Sunday (2pm), Millwall on Wednesday week (2 May) and the finale against London Bees at Cheshunt on 20 May. They also pay a visit to Aston Villa on 13 May.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies saw their chances of maintaining the winning feeling from Thursday’s FAWSL 2 win at Oxford soon get away, following a 4-2 defeat to Sheffield FC at Cheshunt Football Ground.
Wendy Martin was denied early but Sheffield took the lead on four minutes when Melissa Johnson took advantage of a bobble deep in Spurs’ half and struck into the bottom right from 20 yards.
Sparked by the goal, Sheffield saw Jenna Dear hit the post, Melissa Johnson head wide and Toni-Anne Wayne produce a fine save to palm Hannah Cain’s long-range strike away all inside 10 minutes.
Spurs responded well. Martin just failed to connect with Jenna Schillaci's corner, Bianca Baptiste volleyed over and Katie O'Leary headed just wide from Baptiste's corner. Dear and Cain went close for the visitors and Josie Green stung Danielle Gibbons' hands from 18 yards. Wayne denied Emma Johnson one-on-one as it stayed 1-0 at the break.
Sheffield crucially doubled their advantage two minutes into the second half as Dear’s free-kick was guided home by Melissa Johnson.
Below: Hannah Mackenzie challenges Emma Johnson
Once again, Spurs responded and replied on 51 minutes when Ashleigh Neville rose to meet Baptiste’s corner and emphatically head past Gibbons to open her account.
However, the two-goal advantage was restored on 72 minutes. Melissa Johnson played across to Chloe Dixon who fired past Wayne from close range.
Hannah Mackenzie headed Baptiste’s free-kick on for Martin to head home, but she was deemed offside seven minutes on.
The goal of the game arrived on 79 minutes. Sarah Wiltshire latched onto Neville’s lobbed pass and hit a thunderous swerving dipper from distance into the far right corner for 3-2.
But the result was put beyond The Lilywhites when Melissa Johnson’s cross was inadvertently turned into her own net by Wiltshire on 87 minutes.
Report from Khalid Karimullah at Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane
Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography
Spurs Ladies: 1. Toni-Anne Wayne, 19. Ryah Vyse (17. Lauren Pickett 75), 6. Renee Hector, 11. Jenna Schillaci (c), 29. Ashleigh Neville, 4. Josie Green, 23. Coral-Jade Haines (12. Hannah Mackenzie 63), 14. Katie O’Leary (5. Sophie Mclean 45), 7. Sarah Wiltshire, 10. Wendy Martin, 8. Bianca Baptiste. Substitutes (not used): 21. Chloe Morgan.
Sheffield FC Ladies: Danielle Gibbons, 2. Sarah Jackson, 4. Sherry McCue, 5. Danielle Fox, 6. Jenna Dear, 7. Ellie Gilliatt (c), 9. Melissa Johnson (8. Hannah Dale 89), 14. Hannah Cain (12. Rhema Lord-Mears 77), 18. Chloe Dixon (17. Katie Anderson 77), 19. Niamh Cashin, 20. Emma Johnson. Substitutes (not used): 21. Nicole Kemp.
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