Ladies denied by Spurs in case of mistaken identity.
K's denied a draw by an unfortunate offside call.
We welcomed the high-flying Tottenham Hotspur Development team to our Kew Association home ground today hoping to extend our run of home victories to three. We welcomed Coral Robinson back into the squad, but Saskia Veldhuizen sat this one out.
The first half was a fairly even affair with very few clear-cut chances for either side. However, on 25 minutes a Spurs striker was give the room to turn on the edge of our penalty area, and from there she had the fairly simple task of prodding the ball home. HT 0-1
At the start of the second half, we came out of the blocks like greyhounds and, only 2 minutes in, a speculative long ball from our defence dropped to Renae Huggan- Broughton on the wide right just inside the Spurs half. She looked up and, spying the keeper off her line, from all of 40 yards lobbed the ball into the back of the Spurs’ net. What a great goal. 1-1.
This provoked Tottenham onto the offensive, and there then followed a period in which they pinned us back with their neat pass and move game. Eventually, with 60 minutes on the clock, the pressure told and a Spurs striker got free in our area to hammer the ball home. 1-2. Two minutes later and the game looked all up when we were punished for once again allowing our opponents too much space on the edge of our box, and a Spurs player lashed home a long-range screamer. 1-3.
This team never gives up though and, in our very next attack, the ball dropped beautifully to Mairead Halliday on the edge of the Spurs box, and she rifled the ball home brilliantly for her first goal of the season. 2-3. Game on.
We had a right good go in the last 20 or so minutes, but the main drama was left until the 88th minute. A free kick, won near the left touchline, level with the edge of the Spurs penalty area, was swung in by Annie Jenkins and in amongst a crowd of players up rose Olivia Watson to head the ball powerfully back across the keeper into the back of the net. It looked as though a termendous comeback was complete. However the referee had other ideas, chalking it off for offside despite the lineswoman keeping her flag down. Afterwards, he explained that, had it not been our number 3 who had headed the ball, he wouldn't have deemed anyone else offside. When we pointed out that it was actually Olivia, our number 8, who had scored, he had to admit it was a case of mistaken identity. FT 2-3.
Spurs are a good footballing side, and it is no disgrace to lose by the odd goal to them, but a draw would have been a tremendous reward for a battling effort by the Ladies, so we all left rather disappointed to have been denied in the manner we were.
Team: Chloe Bailey, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Laura Joseph, Lucy Potter, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Annie Jenkins, Bethan John, Olivia Watson, Renae Huggan-Broughton, Sophia Demetriou
Subs: Abi Elliott, Sarah Sinkins, Mairead Halliday, Hannah Jacobsen, Coral Robinson
Goal scorers: Renae Huggan- Broughton, Mairead Halliday
Player of the match: Bethan John (pictured)