Tottenham Hotspur Ladies were victorious in their stiffest test yet in the FA Women’s Championship, coming from behind to win 3-1 overLewes F.C. Women.
I can’t give you a blow-by-blow account of this match the way we usually do with the senior men’s team, primarily because English women’s soccer is rarely televised apart from at the very top levels of the game, and certainly not second division women’s football. The only people who saw it were the ones who were at The Dripping Pan, Lewes’ home ground.
Nevertheless, this was a huge win for Spurs, who continued their undefeated start in the newly-rebranded FA Women’s Championship. Spurs went down early after Lewes midfielder Sarah Kempson fired the home side ahead in the 16th minute. However, Bianca Baptiste leveled the score just two minutes later, and striker Rianna Dean, whom Spurs signed this past summer from Millwall Lionesses, scored a brace before halftime. Spurs hung on in the second half, holding Lewes scoreless to complete Tottenham’s second straight league comeback win.
If you googled this match and saw the score reversed (reading: Lewes 3-1 Tottenham) you’re not alone — somehow the scoreline got reversed and a number of national news reports including BBC and Google News reported it and the table incorrectly. With the win, Spurs are now second in the table with 12 points from 4 matches, one behind Manchester United but with a game in hand.
Lewes are a solid team and were expected to be right up there pushing for a promotion spot this season, so to nab an away win at the Dripping Pan is a huge result. This sets Spurs up nicely to be in contention to nab one of the top two spots in the FAWC and potentially promote to the WSL... though the season is still young.
Spurs Ladies’ next two matches are home to both Millwall and Aston Villa, the bottom two teams in the table, setting up what could be a juicy match-up on November 4 at Manchester United on November 4. United are a newly formed side, but they have huge ambitions and are basically a fully professional side with women’s international level players. They have yet to concede a goal all season.
Come on you Spurs Ladies!
UPDATE: Lewes posted highlights!