I didn’t mind it when they changed this game to this evening from tomorrow (well, it’s now today seeming as though it’s 1am) afternoon. I knew that I was almost certain to be able to get to a game beforehand. That game proved to be a new ground for me and then it was down to this game. Had Sunderland vs Portsmouth kicked off at 20:00 rather than 19:30, I would have gone there too but it wasn’t to be. We’re definitely getting towards the end of the season now. I don’t know if I’ll get to a game midweek, but I will be at Berwick Rangers vs Cove Rangers next Saturday, and I’ve just booked to go to Hibernian vs Aberdeen next Sunday with Rory Drake. I’ll then hopefully have a game on the following Saturday in Scotland, but that’s likely to be my season finished after that game.
Tottenham Ladies claim points at Durham
Tottenham Ladies rounded off their Women’s Championship campaign with a 0-2 win at Durham.
Durham played the majority of the game with 10 players following Beth Hepple’s red card, but the Wildcats dominated against already promoted Tottenham.
However, it was Tottenham who took the points through an Anna Filbey brace.
Durham started very well and a Nicki Hears header forced a save inside a minute.
Zoe Ness then went close for Durham, but her dipping effort was narrowly too high.
Spurs were creating very little early on, with a poked Rianna Dean effort being as close as they got.
Then came the moment that could have changed the game. Hepple was talking to the referee in the centre of the park, and then the referee showed her a yellow card. Talk continued for five seconds or so before the referee showed her a straight red card and she was off.
Despite being down to 10, Durham continued to look the brighter side.
Emily Roberts had an effort well saved, before Abby Holmes prodded wide.
Tottenham went close when Hannah Reid was forced into a save to prevent Emma Beckett’s free-kick.
In the 34th minute, Tottenham had goalkeeper Chloe Morgan to thank. Sarah Robson drove through the middle before unleashing a shot from 20 yards, and a superb Morgan save tipped it onto the crossbar.
Robson and Holmes then had further chances as Durham continued to look the brighter, but Spurs survived.
With six minutes of the first half to play, Morgan once again produced a fine save. This time it was Roberts whose dipping header was destined for the top corner, but again Morgan was there to claw the ball onto the crossbar.
Two minutes after the break, Coral-Jade Haines fired well over for the visitors.
Gears, Roberts and Robson all went close, before Roberts had another effort cleared off the line.
Tottenham were looking most dangerous on the break, and one of them led to Haines having a glorious chance in the 56th minute. A cross picked out the former Birmingham City midfielder, but her header was saved at point-blank range by Reid.
Spurs were coming into the game as the second half wore on, but their opening goal in the 70th minute probably didn’t reflect the game. A teasing cross was swung into the area, and Filbey flung herself at the ball to send a powerful header into the net.
Lisa Robertson then had a couple of efforts go close for Durham, and the Wildcats were again definitely the better side.
With Durham piling forward, Tottenham were breaking well. Jessica Naz had a great chance to wrap up the points for Spurs in the 83rd minute, but she could only fire wide.
A nasty injury to Durham’s Sarah Wilson delayed play late on.
Once the game was back underway, Spurs wrapped up the win with their second in the second minute of added time. It came through another Filbey header as she met a corner at the near post and headed home.
That proved to be that, and Tottenham finished off their promotion winning campaign with a good win on the road.
Full-time: Durham Women 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies
Next up for me is probably Berwick Rangers vs Cove Rangers next Saturday unless I get to a game midweek.
Durham Women: Reid, Hill, Christon, Salicki (Holmes, 27′), Wilson (c) (Cottam, 90′), Robson, Robertson, Hepple, Roberts, Gears, Ness (Holder, 84′)
Unused subs: Borthwick, Greenwood, Ryan, Elliott
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: Morgan, Leon, Meiwald, Baptiste (Vyse, 80′), Dean, Martin (c), Wynne, Addison (Haines, 40′), Filbey, Beckett, Naz
Unused subs: Gibbon, Green, Mclean, Wiltshire, Neville
Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions
Teamsheet: Free with programme
Cheeseburger and chips: £5
Referee: Jon Matthews