The Tottenham Hotspur ladies were narrowly beaten 4-3 in a thrilling seven-goal match against Sheffield FC. Both teams have struggled to find form after a string of difficult results, which only meant that there was more to lose as the two sides came head to head on Sunday.
It was Sheffield’s Melissa Johnson who opened the scoring in the 14th minute after slotting home a rebound following a parry of Hannah Cain’s initial effort. Johnson was happy to find the net as she had previously just had a shot that ended up narrowly wide of the target. The lead didn’t last very long though, in a game that can truly only be described as end-to-end, Spurs were level as a result of the quick wits of Coral-Jade Haines. After Tottenham’s Martin was brought down inside the penalty area, Sarah Wiltshire’s penalty was initially saved – but Haines was the first one to react to equalise for Spurs.
Not three minutes later, Johnson tipped the scale back into Sheffield’s favour by scoring a second on the 20-minute mark. Things got slightly heated as halftime approached and both sides were forced to lose a player as a result of a dispute between Cain and Sophie Mclean. Just before the referee blew the halftime whistle, the home side capitalised on a shoddy Spurs defence which allowed Johnson to convert Katie Anderson’s through ball to complete her hat-trick. Top work.
📰 It was frustration in Dronfield after we came out on the wrong side of a seven-goal @FAWSL 2 thriller, and the comeback appeared on against Sheffield when @w10martin hit home, but it wasn't to be – https://t.co/YSHEe9N2jt pic.twitter.com/2Yt5d43Crk
— Tottenham Hotspur Ladies (@ThlfcOfficial) January 29, 2018
Spurs Ladies gave it their all, but it wasn’t to be
The Lilywhites came back onto the pitch seeking a comeback and within less than a minute, Bianca Baptiste left Gibbons without a chance to bring the score back to 3-2 Sheffield. You have to admire the tenacity of the Spurs ladies. However, Anderson netted on the 52nd minute mark and put the Spurs ladies two behind yet again.
In a game of many surprises, Sheffield lost yet another player as Dear was issued a second yellow card for some questionable behaviour. 8 minutes later, Wiltshire showed the spectators what she is made of, and lobbed the Sheffield number 1 beautifully after