Spurs take derby spoils

Tottenham Hotspur Women v West Ham United Women – FA Women’s Super League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur Women 3-1 West Ham United Women 

Tottenham Hotspur concluded their FA Women’s Super League season with a 3-1 victory over West Ham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after late goals by substitutes Jessica Naz and Drew Spence secured the points for the North Londoners.    

Robert Vilahamn made four changes to the Spurs’ starting line-up after their 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday with Becky Spencer, Martha Thomas and Charlotte Grant and Ramona Petzelberger all coming into the side, whilst Rehanne Skinner brought in Emma Harries to replace Emma Snerle following the Hammers 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Sunday, May 5.

Beaten FA Cup finalists Spurs took the lead after only four minutes when Martha Thomas capitalised on a defensive mistake by Hammers keeper Mackenzie Arnold to clip the ball into the box for Bethany England to take a touch at the far post before firing home her fifth goal in six WSL matches.

Despite Spurs dominating the first half, West Ham had a great opportunity to draw level just before the break when Anouk Denton’s cross was guided goalward by Vivienne Asseyi, only for Jamaican international Spencer to get down well to push the ball away for a corner. 

The Hammers drew level five minutes after the resumption when Honoko Hayashi found Riko Ueki out wide to cut inside to magnificently arrow her shot home into the far corner of the net from what had appeared to be a near impossible angle.

England spurned an excellent chance to restore Spurs lead before Amy James-Turner then struck the crossbar from a free kick as the home side once again went close in what had turned into a flowing end-to-end encounter. 

With the points looking increasing like they would be shared on the day, in the eighty-fifth minute, Naz raced on to Manchester United loanee Grace Clinton’s through ball before shrugging past several challenges and slotting the ball into the bottom left-hand corner past Arnold to make it 2-1.

West Ham pushed forward in search of an equaliser with Amber Tysiak and Risa Shimizu both going close before Spence made it 3-1 in the ninth minute of stoppage time with a curling wonder strike from distance to round off an outstanding afternoon for the N17 outfit.

The win saw Spurs secure a sixth-place finish, whilst West Ham concluded their season in eleventh spot – nine points ahead of relegated Bristol City in twelfth.     

Tottenham Hotspur Women: Spencer, Neville (Grant 90+8’) Summanen (Spence 57′) James-Turner, Buhler (Bartrip 67′) Clinton, Petzelberger (Naz 57′) Thomas (Ahtinen 58′) Bizet Ildhusøy (Vinberg 74′) England (Capt) Subs not used: Votíková, Graham, Ayane, Wang Shuang

West Ham Women: Arnold (Capt) Denton, Smith, Hayashi (Bergman-Lundin 96′) Cissoko (Cooke 95′) Tysiak, Ziu (Ademiluyi 92′) Shimizu, Ueki, Harries (Snerle 61′) Asseyi. Subs not used: Brynjarsdóttir, Walsh, O’Hanlon

Referee: Phoebe Cross

Assistants: Magdalena Golba and Ella Broad

Fourth Official: Callum Park

Attendance: 9,999