Honours Even for the Ladies at Tottenham
Kingstonian Ladies halt a three match losing streak with a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur Development.
We all look forward to days like today when we get the chance to pit our wits against glamorous and well-resourced opposition such as Tottenham Hotspur. It was an unusually early 10.30am kick off this week, but we travelled round the North Circular determined to put a stop to our run of three consecutive defeats. We welcomed back our travelling Dane – Hannah Jacobsen – but were missing Bethan John and Mairead Halliday from last week’s starting line-up, and were still unable to call on the services of Saskia Veldhuizen and Vicky Cockle,
It was soon evident that, as expected, Tottenham were a well-drilled, technically gifted team. With the wind at their backs, Tottenham enjoyed the best of the possession in the first half, and Chloe Bailey had to be alert on several occasions to keep them at bay. We were however looking threatening on the break, with Renae Huggan-Broughton and Sophia Demetriou giving the Spurs’ defence plenty to think about. HT 0-0.
We started the second half brightly and put Spurs under some early pressure. With 50 minutes on the clock the ball was fed into the Tottenham penalty area and Renae Huggan-Broughton won her race with the goalkeeper to poke the ball into the empty net and put us ahead. 0-1. Tottenham didn’t lie down however, and instead launched waves of attacks on our goal. Our defending was last ditch sometimes and Chloe Bailey was having a brilliant game between the sticks, but we were holding firm. In their now much more attacking mode, Tottenham were however always vulnerable to Kingstonian forays upfield and Charlotte Willis-Sloanes and Sarah Sinkins on the flanks were both providing useful service to our central strikers. In central midfield Hannah Jacobsen and Olivia Watson were fighting tigerishly and we started to wonder if this was to be the day we got back to winning ways. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, as with 20 minutes to go, the tricky Tottenham right winger skipped past a challenge, turned inside and hit a left-footed dipping shot over Chloe’s head for the equaliser. 1-1.
We were on the ropes for a while after that, but with the reintroduction of Laura Joseph’s pace at the back (she had left the field feeling unwell at half-time) the tide started to turn, and in the last few minutes we again put the Tottenham goal under some sustained pressure. In the dying seconds, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes slung over a beautiful cross from the right and suddenly Renae Huggan-Broughton was free in front of goal. Her shot headed goalwards but somehow a combination of the Tottenham goalkeeper and at least one defender managed to scramble the ball clear from under their crossbar. There was just time for Annie Jenkins to launch a long range free-kick into the Tottenham penalty area before the referee blew to signal the end of a very hard fought match and honours even.
Team: Chloe Bailey, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Laura Joseph, Lucy Potter, Annie Jenkins, Hannah Jacobsen, Olivia Watson, Sarah Sinkins, Renae Huggan-Broughton, Sophia Demetriou
Subs: Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Coral Robinson, Elesha Edman
Goalscorer: Renae Huggan-Broughton
Player of the match: Chloe Bailey