Tottenham Hotspur Ladies have done just about everything you could possibly ask of them this season. They cruised to the WPL South title, losing only two league matches. They amassed a 31-1-4 overall record. They lifted two cup trophies out of three cup finals they played in -- the Capital Women’s Cup and the Boux Avenue Cup — both against Charlton Athletic Women.
It has been, quite simply, the best season in their history, and there’s only one thing left for club captain Jenna Schillaci and leading scorers Bianca Baptiste and Wendy Martin to do: achieve promotion.
Spurs Ladies will play against Blackburn Rovers Ladies, winners of the WPL North, for the right to promote to the Women’s Super League 2, the second tier of English women’s football. For what is essentially an amateur club, this is a huge opportunity for Tottenham to do something that they have never done in their history.
Manager Karen Hills told the FA that the level of success Spurs have had this season has surprised even her, as she had targeted a top three league finish.
“We’ve exceeded all those expectations, and gone and won the treble. Winning the league, for us, at the moment, was the pinnacle.
“Doing it at White Hart Lane, against West Ham, in front of a fantastic crowd, has been the highlight so far.
“But there were a lot of highlights around The FA WPL Cup, retaining that against Charlton, going all the way to penalties.
“There’s just one more to focus on, the girls are really keen, eager, and ready to go. So we’re just looking forward to the game.
“The outcome will be tough for one team, but also fantastic for another team. We’ll give a good account of ourselves and hope we can get over the line.
“If we can get another trophy and, hopefully, win a place in FA WSL 2, then it will be the icing on the cake.”
Blackburn are no slouches, though, and this promises to be a stiff test. The Rovers went undefeated in the WPL North this season, but fell to Spurs in their only meeting this season — a 2-1 loss in the Women’s FA Cup Third Round.
The match will be played at The Valley, Charlton Athletic’s home ground, tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm UK, 9 am ET. The match is unfortunately not televised, nor have we heard of any available streams, but we will notify you if they are available.