After a break for international football, the WSL was back as Tottenham welcomed Reading to the Hive for the first home match to take place at Edgware. Reading sat in 11th place after losing their first two opening matches before kick-off, while our Lilywhites were in 4th with 2 wins out of 2. Highlights of our Lilywhites historical result against City can be viewed below on our Youtube channel.
Tottenham: 4-3-3 Spencer in goal, Ale at right-back with Bartrip and Zadorksy in the centre of defence with Neville at left-back. The Tottenham midfield was made of Percival, Clemaron and Graham while the Tottenham front three was made of Chi down the left, Naz down the right and Williams in the centre.
Reading: 4-3-3 Moloney in goal, Bryson at right-back, Cooper and Evans in the centre of defence with Rose at left-back. The Reading midfield was made of Harding, Peplow and Dowie. The Reading front 3 was made of Chaplen down the right, Vanhaevermaet down the left and Harries in the centre.
Before kick-off there was a minutes applause by both teams for the late Jimmy Greaves.
Pressure was on Tottenham to win their opening match at the Hive. Tottenham took some time to get going as both teams struggled to find their rhythm. Tottenham gave away a silly free-kick in the first minute of the game which resulted in Graham miskicking the ball which could have gone in but Spencer reacted quickly. Most of the play in the first 10 minutes took place in the middle of the park with neither team getting any clear chances. Tottenham has a half chance with Williams who miscontrolled the ball which would have seen her one on one with Moloney.
A minute later Tottenham came close again when wonderful play by Clemaron found Graham. Tottenham was almost punished in the 20th minute when a miscontrol from the always reliable Molly Bartrip gave the ball to Rose who found herself one on one with Spencer but the Tottenham stopper was quick off her line to prevent a Reading goal. Tottenham came back at Reading a minute later as Neville stole the ball from the edge of the Reading box and shot from distance but her effort went just wide of Moloney’s right-hand post.
Reading had a rare opportunity in the 27th minute when Naz lost the ball down the right to Rose who shot from distance but her effort was well blocked by Percival. Tottenham came back at Reading in the 29th minute with Chi as she ran past the Reading players but was hacked down on the edge of the Reading box. Percival took the Tottenham free-kick but the ball went just over Moloney’s bar. Tottenham had another chance in the 39th minute with Kit Graham after wonderful play by Percival but Graham’s shot was well saved by Moloney, the rebound came to Chi who picked out Percival with a pass but Percival’s shot was blocked on the line by Evans to deny Tottenham an opener.
Tottenham started the second half strongly when Chi broke free but her shot was blocked by Cooper for a Tottenham Corner. 2 minutes later Graham cut in from the right and unleashed a shot but her effort went just wide of Moloney’s left-hand post. Tottenham was almost made to pay in the 50th minute when Spencer miscontrolled a Zadorksy back pass under pressure from Dowie, but managed to get herself out of a complicated situation to find Neville with a pass. 2 minutes later Reading came back at Tottenham with Rose playing a one-two with Peplow before taking on Ale and shooting from distance with her effort going just over Spencer’s bar.
Tottenham came straight at Reading and should have had the lead after wonderful play by Ale down the wing who whipped in a cross to find Williams who headed from point-blank range but Moloney made herself big and blocked Rachel’s effort to deny Tottenham again. Tottenham was causing Reading lots of trouble down the right with Chi, in the 55th minute, Chi picked out Williams who shot from distance but her effort went just wide.
In the 77th minute, it was Graham again who tested Moloney after a shot from distance almost wrong-footed the Reading keeper, Moloney recovered well and managed to get a hand to the ball to keep out Graham’s effort. Tottenham got lucky in the 79th minute when an awkward bounce seemed to hit Zadorsky’ hand but the linesman raised the flag for a foul committed on the Canadian.
Tottenham finally got their reward for all their hard work in the 84th minute when wonderful play by substitute Tang found Naz who found herself one on one with Moloney and slotted past the Reading keeper to give Tottenham a deserved lead. Tottenham kept coming at Reading looking for a 2nd, 3 minutes later a wonderful ball by Williams picked out Naz who took on the Reading defence before unleashing a shot which ended up being comfortably saved by Moloney. The 4th official indicated a minimum of 4 minutes injury time and Tottenham was almost made to pay at the death as Neville had the ball stolen off her by Bryson after holding up play in the Tottenham left corner, crossed into the Tottenham box but Vanhaevermaet’s header went just wide of Spencer’s left-hand post before the game came to an end.
Player of the match.
Our player of the match goes to Maeve Clemaron who again had a fantastic game. Clemaron was all over the pitch defending, attacking and playing wonderful balls to the forwards, definitely our stand out player.
Post match analysis.
Another debatable starting 11 by Skinner, we really do not know when the coach will realise that Angela Addison needs to start, despite the Rachel Williams goal against Manchester City we need to be adapting Simon and Tang now against lower teams before taking on the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal which we face this coming Wednesday in the FA Cup Quarterfinals. Even though it took Tottenham some time to get going they were the better team and should have won the game by more than one goal.
Tang again like against Birmingham showed how she can change games and was instrumental in Tottenham’s goal. Hopefully against Arsenal on Wednesday and Leicester next weekend we will see the likes of Tang and Addison starting for the Lilywhites. Overall Tottenham fans can be happy with the team’s performance but we need to be more clinical in front of goal because other teams will not give Tottenham so many chances to score. We understand the team is still adapting and we are sure this team will finally find their shooting boots and will become a difficult team to beat. For now, we sit 2nd in the table behind Arsenal on goal difference and we must enjoy this fantastic start to the season COYS!
Tottenham’s next home match will be in the Conti Cup against former Tottenham’s coach, Karen Hills Charlton Athletic. Tottenham women’s season ticket holders will be able to gain entry to the match with the season ticket cards. Tickets for non-members are price at £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for young adults and £3.50 for concession tickets.
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Conti Cup: Tottenham vs Charlton.