Both sides came close to scoring in this
evenly matched friendly, with both keepers denying the players goals at
The crossbar denied Spurs a late winner,
when Hollie Watson hit a free-kick that bounced off the crossbar and
over, but in the end the draw was a fair result in a match played in
very hot conditions and in a very good spirit.
Spurs girls lined up for their first league match of the season.
From the whistle they showed they meant business with a number of shots
being unleashed, unfortunately they didnít quite hit home.
Finally after constant pressure, Tottenham took the lead when Bobbi
Cubberley let fly with five minutes gone, with a cracking shot that
ended up in the left hand top corner. Many more chances came and
went for the Tottenham side, as they remained camped in the Hemel
Hempstead Town end.
second goal came two minutes later and was an exquisite strike by Laura
Newby created by Vicki Blake. Tottenham continued to pile pressure on
the Hemel defence and their persistence paid off when Vicki struck the
back of the net following a superb corner by Charlotte McLucas, after
nine minutes had elapsed.
midfield including Paige McHenry continued to pester their Hemel
Hempstead Town counterparts and defence, which once again paid dividends,
when Bobbi Cubberley slid in her second goal of the day, after 21
minutes. In the last few minutes of the first half Marva Kreel
danced through the Hemel defence to score number five for Tottenham.
second half started in the same fashion as the first, with the Tottenham
girls pushing their opponents back into their own half. After a
drop ball incident, Hollie Watson came from the back to volley the
teamís sixth goal into the top right hand corner of the net on the
stroke of 30 minutes.
afterwards Lilly Tyrimos (goalie) who had seen nothing of the ball
swapped with Katie Bell who was in the midfield. Lilly soon got
down to the task in hand and a ball was threaded through to Bobbi
Cubberley who grabbed her hat-trick on 35 minutes.
McHenry had grown in confidence throughout the match and her reward came
when she scored the eighth for the team on 41 minutes. Charlotte
McLucas who had played a very important role in the midfield, made some
excellent runs through the defence, but on every occasion the Hemel
goalie managed to just hold on to the final shots.
Cubberley scored the last goal of the day on 49 minutes and her fourth
of the morning.
player of the match was Paige McHenry, who had battled throughout the
game and had delivered some excellent passes to her teammates.
Overall this was a very entertaining match and an excellent team effort
in their first competitive match of the season.
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Bushey Rangers 1 Hoddesdon Owls 2
Stevenage Borough Vixens 1 Garston Purples
Bedwell Rangers 1 Hemel Hempstead 7
Hitchin Town Belles 0 Luton Town Belles 1
Sporting their new Tottenham kit the Under
10ís had a dream start to the game with Charlotte McLucas scoring
within 30 seconds of the whistle, from an excellent individual run
through the middle. This goal set the tone for the rest of the match
with Spurs forcing the away side back into their own half.
number two came from an excellent flowing move, which involved a number
of the Tottenham squad and was firmly struck home by Laura Newby after
four minutes. The midfield continued to pile on the pressure and a
number of well-worked moves unfortunately didnít quite hit home.
This trend didnít last long however and Laura drove the ball
into the goal, after it had bounced back off the goalie after 12 minutes
and number three was in the bag.
Bedwell's kick-off, the midfield in the guise of Charlotte McLucas,
Bobbi Cubberley and Marva Kreel, started to move the ball around nicely
and some excellent searching passes were strung together. It
wasnít long before their efforts were rewarded with goal number four,
being blasted home by Bobbi Cubberley after 15 minutes. This goal
was followed up by another a minute later, slotted away by Marva Kreel,
who had got herself into a good position in the box and tucked it away
in the bottom left hand corner, before the goalkeeper could react.
first half was coming to a close, but Tottenham hadnít finished with
their goal fest. After a corner had been drilled across the
Bedwell goal mouth, Katie Bell pounce on the opportunity and very coolly
stroked the ball with the inside of her boot into the bottom left hand
corner, delivering her first goal of the season and Tottenhamís sixth
of the day.
came out in the second half, looking for more scoring opportunities,
which they soon capitalised on when Charlotte McLucas scored her second
and made it 7-0 for the team after 23 minutes. This goal seemed to
inspire Bedwell Rangers, who started to move out of their own half and
for the first time really in the match, the defence of Hollie Watson and
Vicki Blake were called into action. The defence however, ensured
that Bedwell didnít progress any further up the pitch and goalkeeper
Lilly Tyrimos was an interested spectator for most of the game.
a 10-minute spell the Spurs
girls created chance after chance, but their previous finishing power,
suddenly deserted them. It took the captain Bobbi Cubberley to
lead the way with goal number eight after 36 minutes, which came out of
some disciplined passing that left Bedwell defence in disarray.
Bobbi Cubberley secured her hat-trick three minutes later, for the
second week in a row, when on a break, the Bedwell goalkeeper suddenly
found herself staring at three Tottenham players charging towards her,
with the ball.
hit double figures
when, with a minute left on the clock, the ball was turned in by Vicki
Blake, after a cross from Charlotte McLucas. This was a fitting
end to the game and after her goal in each half and her work rate
throughout the match, Charlotte McLucas was named player of the
day. Once again this was an excellent team effort and the quality
of the passing and movement continues to progress.
girls lined up on a sloping, wind-swept pitch for their toughest test to
date in the league against Stevenage Borough Vixens.
the kick off the Spurs girls started with the same pattern of attack as
in previous games and it wasnít long before they were pitching their
tents in the oppositions half. The pressure from Laura Newby up
front, supported by the midfield of Charlotte McLucas, Marva Kreel and
Bobbi Cubberley was intense, with shots raining in from all
angles. Stevenageís goalkeeper pulled off some excellent saves
to deny Tottenham time after time. The level of passing and
movement from the whole team was truly entertaining to watch and you
just knew it would only be a matter of time before the breakthrough
surprisingly it didnít come from open play, but from a penalty after a
handball incident in the Stevenage box. Bobbi Cubberley coolly
stepped up to the mark and blasted the ball in the bottom left hand
corner of the net after seven minutes.
was the signal that Tottenham needed and number two came a few minutes
later, following an excellent movement from the midfield. Vicki
Blake came out from the back to step past a number of defenders and
wallop the ball into the top of the net before the goalie had time to
level of skill from the girls continued at a high standard and a great
example of it was delivered by Marva Kreel, who beat a number of players
in the penalty area and then turned back on herself to slot number three
into the goal after 16 minutes.
this point, Stevenage had been totally outplayed and dominated by
Tottenham Hotspur. However, they started to pick themselves up and
come at the Tottenham midfield and defence, where Hollie Watson and
Vicki Blake held firm. Stevenage continued to push forward and try
without success to thread some passes through to the front line and this
was how the first half ended, with the score at 3-0.
sides came out ready for action in the second half and for a time it was
a real battle in the midfield, in the guise of Charlotte McLucas, Katie
Bell and Paige McHenry, which stood firm against the Vixens
pressure. The Stevenage playmaker tried time after time to get
past the defence, but some timely and firm challenges by Hollie Watson
and Vicki Blake, ensured that Stevenage didnít have one shot on target
from open play.
Lily Tyrimos was called into action a number of times from corners and
she ensured, with her firm and brave interceptions of the ball, that
nothing got passed her. Tottenham weathered this extra pressure
and it wasnít long into the second half (27 minutes) that Bobbi
Cubberley scored number four for the team after an excellent threaded
pass from Katie Bell, who had been pushing forward constantly.
Newby had been denied on countless occasions in the first half and her
presence up front had worried the Stevenage defence for most of the
game. Lauraís reward however, finally came on the stroke of 30
minutes, drilling the ball firmly home after some great movement by the
McHenry, struck the final goal of the game home from a very well worked
corner in the last minute of the game.
team had come through their greatest test so far with flying colours and
had raised their overall performance to another level. The player
of the match was Vicki Blake, who had performed to a high standard at
both ends of the pitch.
from the kick off, Tottenham went on the attack and it was clear from
the outset that the girls meant business. Some lovely flowing moves were
put together and the first goal came within two minutes from some
excellent passing which ended with Marva Kreel slotting the ball into
the bottom left hand corner of the net.
was quickly followed by number two, a minute later, when Laura Newby
tucked the ball away, once again following an excellent pass from Bobbi
Cubberley. Laura Newby found herself on the score sheet again
after five minutes, scoring after another well-worked move down the
right hand side of the pitch, involving Bobbi and Marva.
midfield of Charlotte McLucas, Bobbi Cubberley, Marva Kreel and Vicki
Blake from defence, dominated the middle of the park and the opposition
were on the ropes and reeling from the constant pressure being applied.
domination was enhanced further when Laura Newby secured her hat trick
and number four for the team after only 12 minutes. This goal was
a shot by Laura Newby from outside the penalty area, which hit the
inside of the left hand side of the post and went into the back of the
at this point started to get more into the game and whilst they
struggled to get past the defence of Hollie Watson and Vicki Blake, they
were making more of a game of it.
Spurs girls however werenít finished and following one of
Tottenhamís trademark short corners, Bobbi Cubberley struck the ball
firmly towards goal, which deflected by one of the Hitchin girls past
the goalkeeper to make it 5-0.
McLucas, delivered goal number six after breaking through the Hitchin
defence, with Paige McHenry and Laura Newby, following a timely pass by
half time, the keeper Lily Tyrimos, who had only seen the ball from a
distance, swapped with Charlotte McLucas. It was clear from the
start of the second half that Hitchin were determined not to let any
more goals go pass them. They had retreated into their own half
and the re-shaped, so that the Tottenham side found it very hard to
break down their defences. Indeed Hitchinís best attempt on
goal, came after a rather over enthusiastic tackle by one of the
Tottenham players resulted in a free kick just outside the area.
The free kick was played in and it resulted in a goalmouth scrabble,
with the ball finally being cleared by Hollie Watson.
were some attempts on the Hitchin goal by Paige McHenry, after a
well-worked move, which was well saved and a long-range effort from
Hollie Watson, which went wide. A little frustration started to
creep into the Tottenham side and unfortunately Marva Kreel had to be
substituted after an injury was sustained.
seemed to spur the girls on once again and following a short corner,
Bobbi Cubberley beat a number of players to produce a very good
individual goal and the seventh for the team after 30 minutes.
crowd had to wait another nine minutes before the last goal of the game
was delivered, by whom other than Laura Newby who had an outstanding
game. The goal was however, well worth waiting for after Laura
picked up the ball from her own half and then ran at great pace into the
Hitchin goal area to coolly drill the ball low past the
goalkeeper. This goal rounded off an excellent game for Laura
Newby, who quite rightly won player of the match award. It was a
good team effort with every member of the squad delivering what was
asked of them.
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Denham United 3 Hemel Hempstead Town Girls
0 Hoddesdon Owls - Bedwell
Stevenage Borough Vixens 0 Bushey Rangers
Garston Purples 6 Garston Blues 0
The Tottenham girls lined up ready for this
important match, with the added twist being that the Tottenham captain
Laura Newby had previously played for Hoddesdon Owls. The start
was very tense and exciting with Hoddesdon creating the first few
chances, although they were well marshalled by Hollie Watson and Vicki
Blake in the Spurs defence.
wasnít long however before the superior skills, movement and passing
of Tottenham girls started to shine through and the first goal came
within the first five minutes. It came at the end of an excellent
movement down the right hand side of the pitch where Charlotte McLucas
crossed the ball to Bobbi Cubberley, who squared it to Laura Newby to
slot it away. The tension broke as sections of the crowd went
pressure was now firmly on Hoddesdon and Laura made it goal number two
on the stroke of seven minutes after another exciting flowing move,
between Vicki, Bobbi and Laura herself.
Spurs team were on fire and the next goal came after some slick passing
from Vicki to Laura Newby down the left hand side of the pitch.
Laura drilled the ball passed the keeper to secure her second hat trick
in the last two games.
started to push forward once again at the Tottenham defence, but Hollie
and Vicki werenít going to let anyone break through and they managed
to keep the visitors out of the danger zone. The ball was moved
around nicely, but it was another 10 minutes before a break-through was
delivered, despite a near miss by Laura Newby. This time it
involved a memorable 30 yard side footed pass from Katie Bell to
Charlotte McLucas, who wasted no time in thumping the ball past the
keeper for goal number four, just before the half time whistle.
sides came out after the break looking to get stuck in and the Spurs
keeper Lily Tyrimos was called into action a few times to collect the
ball from her penalty area, as Hoddesdon tried to deliver long balls to
had a shot on goal, which was saved and Laura narrowly blasted a ball
over the bar.
25 minutes, Bobbi Cubberley scored an excellent goal, when she picked up
the ball from deep in her own half and managed to run at pace the entire
length of the pitch to slot the ball passed the keeper for the fifth
was followed a few minutes later by an excellent second goal from Bobbi,
supplied by a well timed pass from Marva Kreel to make it number six.
two were at it again a minute later, which resulted in yet another hat
trick from Bobbi Cubberley and another "hat trick hero" trophy
for the mantle piece.
the score, Hoddesdon had never given up and the pressure from them had
created an excellent battle in the middle of the park. The Owls
finally broke free from the Spurs defence and despite a well-saved shot
by Lily Tyrimos, they managed to score on the re-bound and Tottenham had
conceded their first goal of the League season.
crowd held their breath, what would they do now ?
Tottenham girls responded in a fashion which typifies the outstanding
winning team spirit they have created, by delivering an immediate
response. The ball was passed from the back by Hollie through to
Charlotte, who carried it up the park and then played a square ball to
Bobbi Cubberley who nut-megged the keeper to make it 8-1.
only five minutes left on the clock, Spurs werenít quite finished and
an audacious 25-yard strike by Paige McHenry managed to squeeze itself
past the keeper.
Newby had not completed her mission for the day, however and she scored
a marvellous individual goal, running down the left hand side of the
pitch, past many of her ex-team-mates to deliver the tenth and final
goal of the day.
the score line doesnít really reflect it, Hoddesdon were probably the
strongest team Tottenham had faced in the league to date and the team
delivered a truly spectacular performance. Whilst there were many
potential candidates, the player of the day was Katie Bell, who had
managed to come from her sick bed and deliver her best performance of
the season so far. Well done.
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Hemel Hempstead 2 Denham United 0
Luton Town Belles 2 Garston Blues
Bushey Rangers 7 Bedwell
Hemel Hempstead Town Girls 0Stevenage Borough Vixens 7
Hitchin Town Belles 0Garston Purples 4
Tottenham girls finally arrived after a long journey for some, little
knowing that they were about to face an even greater challenge than the
battle the week before.
was a grey overcast day, with drizzle in the air and the pitch was soft
and muddy. From the whistle, the Spurs girls sprang into action and it
could have been one nil within the first 20 seconds, but unfortunately
Laura Newby couldnít quite deliver the finish required.
Rangers however, were undaunted by this attack and started to pressurise
the Tottenham midfield and the defence of Vicki Blake and Hollie Watson
were called into action far quicker than had happened in previous games.
girls seemed a little out of sorts and were slower to the ball than had
been previously this season. The midfield did battle hard to try
and work a way through the Bushey Rangers defence, which was on them in
a flash. When the Tottenham girls started to pass the ball around,
which was proving a little more difficult in the wet conditions, they
started to create chances, which regrettably the normally very reliable
strike force of Laura Newby, Charlotte McLucas, Marva Kreel and Bobbi
Cubberley couldnít quite capitalise on.
best chance for Tottenham came after 10 minutes of the first half, when
a ball was threaded through from Vicki Blake to Charlotte McLucas and
the Bushey keeper suddenly found herself surrounded by Charlotte, Laura
and Bobbi, each had an attempt at goal and it was finally a goal mouth
scrabble that cleared the ball off the line.
Rangers were very quick on the break and created some good space, which
on occasions Tottenham were slow to react too. It should be noted
that Bushey didnít have one attempt on goal in the first half, which
in part was due to the very solid defending by Hollie and Vicki, aided
by the midfield of Marva, Bobbi and Charlotte coming back to support.
keeper Lily Tyrimos was shouting encouragement to the girls and
patrolled her goal like a panther, ready to spring into action at a
a number of good chances, the girls found themselves going in at half
time not in the lead, which was once again a new experience for them.
Gerry McLucas called the girls round for a team talk, giving his normal words of
encouragement and pointing out some tactical changes that were required
to deliver the winning goal, which had alluded them in the first half.
girls started far brighter in the second half and despite the rain
getting a little heavier they once again applied pressure on the
Rangers. The Bushey keeper had other ideas and shots from Bobbi
Cubberley, Paige McHenry, Marva Kreel, Charlotte McLucas and Laura Newby
were all saved brilliantly, time after time.
Watson made a number of timely clearances of the ball, which on
occasions turned dangerous situations into attacking
opportunities. Her fellow defender Vicki Blake also delivered some
excellent tackles and the Tottenham back line held firm.
when the Spurs girls and the supporters felt that a goal would never
come, there was a good passing move from Paige McHenry to Charlotte
McLucas, who then squared it to Bobbi Cubberley and we saw the ball
finally fly pass the out stretched hand of the Bushey keeper on the
stroke of 23 minutes.
Tottenham girls tried very hard to make it number two, but once again
the left hand side of the Bushey defence and the keeper decided that
wasnít going to happen that easily and all the midfielders and the
strike force of Laura Newby were constantly frustrated.
the pressure that Bushey applied, they didnít have a shot at goal in
the second half from open play either and Hollie and Vicki were now
starting to take turns in pushing up the park. This saw a run by
Hollie to get past three players on the right hand side and Vicki have
one or two shots herself from just outside the area, which were blocked
by the opposition.
number two finally came from a throw in by Vicki Blake to the feet of
Laura Newby, who struck the ball into the back of the net after 36
girls had really worked hard, in difficult conditions and they all knew
that they had faced their biggest test to date and had managed to grind
out a win, after many frustrating moments and chances on goal which
hadnít been buried as had happened in previous games.
Watson was awarded player of the match for her excellent work in the
defence and Vicki Blake was also thanked for her partnership with
Hollie. Well done to the whole team.