For the first time in a very long time, a Tottenham Hotspur team lifted silverware in celebration at White Hart Lane. Playing under the lights at the Lane for the first time this season, manager Karen Hills’ Tottenham Hotspur Ladies clinched the Women’s Premier League South Division title on Wednesday, crushing West Ham 4-0.
Spurs Ladies rarely play at White Hart Lane, playing their home matches at Cheshunt’s home ground, so the opportunity to play in front of an unprecedented crowd of 2100+ was a unique thrill.
Spurs’ first goal came courtesy of midfielder Josie Green, who latched on to a ball from Wendy Martin and put a powerful shot past the West Ham keeper.
GOAL! - @w10martin sets up @JosieGreen_ who's 30-yard effort is too hot to handle for the West Ham 'Keeper! 1-0 @ThlfcOfficial #COYS pic.twitter.com/ULGEFWCq4h— Ryan Richards (@richarya) April 19, 2017
Green then switched from goal scorer to assist maker in the second half, setting up Bianca Baptiste with an excellent cross for Bianca to tap home.
GOAL! - @JosieGreen_ switches play to @TweetBianca whose inch-perfect cross is superbly tucked home by @w10martin! 2-0 @ThlfcOfficial #COYS pic.twitter.com/ihZu5gj3Tr— Ryan Richards (@richarya) April 19, 2017
Nikita Whinnett and Maya Vio rounded out a three-goal second half for Spurs Ladies, who clinch the WPL South title with four games remaining on the schedule. After the final whistle, Spurs legend Gary Mabbut presented the trophy to captain Jenna Schillaci.
We've seized the opportunity at The Lane!— Spurs Ladies (@ThlfcOfficial) April 19, 2017
Gary Mabbutt presents the @FA_WPL South Division Championship to, @JennaSchillaci! #COYS pic.twitter.com/Oe5iiId56u
Manager Karen Hills was effusive with praise for her team after the win.
"What an achievement! To come to White Hart Lane, win 4-0 and clinch the title, it doesn't get better than that.
"It's taken a long time to get here, a lot of hard work from a lot of people. Full credit to all the players, the staff and thanks to the Club for all their support.
"The thing is, it doesn't end here. We've won the title and the Boux Avenue Cup already, but we've two more cup finals to come, plus the league play-off against Blackburn.
"This team doesn't want to stop here. The players are so focused. We will all enjoy tonight but then it will be onto the next game."
In this historic campaign, Spurs have dropped only two points all season, drawing C&K Basildon back in October. Spurs Ladies have also added a Boux Avenue Cup title to their trophy case this season, and are still in three forthcoming cup finals, all against Charlton Athletic WFC. Their only loss all season is a 10-0 loss to top-flight Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Spurs don’t automatically promote to the WSL 2nd division, despite winning the league. In order to move up, Tottenham will need to win a playoff against the WPL Northern Division champions Blackburn Rovers. Spurs have played Blackburn once this season, narrowly defeating them 2-1 in the FA Cup Third Round. The date for the promotion playoff has not been determined.