Tottenham Hotspur Ladies are enjoying their best ever campaign in England’s second tier. Spurs continued their unbeaten start in the FA Women’s Championship, blitzing Millwall Lionesses 8-0 at Cheshunt Ground to go top of the table and a perfect 5-0.
On her birthday, Rianna Dean, whom Spurs signed from Millwall this summer, scored a hat trick including two penalties against her old club. Angela Addison added a brace of her own, and Spurs got further goals from Sara Wiltshire, Bianca Baptiste, and Ashleigh Neville in the home rout.
FULL-TIME: A big result and an outstanding team performance see's us go top of the league! #SpursLadies 8-0 @millwalllioness @Aa_addison4 ⚽⚽@RiannaDean1 ⚽⚽⚽@sawiltshire7 ⚽@AshNev10 ⚽@TweetBianca ⚽#COYS @FAWC_ pic.twitter.com/YBjzd6rYAd— Tottenham Hotspur Ladies (@ThlfcOfficial) October 21, 2018
With her hat trick, Dean is now the Championship’s top scorer, with 7 goals in 5 matches. In comments on the FA’s website, Dean talked about what it meant to have a strong performance against her old club.
“I didn’t look at it as a match against my former team and put pressure on myself like that. We went out there, we did very well, we got into the game after the first five minutes. As soon as we got our first goal that just set us off, after that there really was no stopping us.
”The back four were superb, our midfield was excellent and there was good movement up front too. We worked so hard in training over the week. It is those little things that you do then that allows us to perform the way we do. The work we put in allowed us to go at them at 100 miles per hour.
”I couldn’t thank the players and the staff for their belief in me. Because I feel that belief it allows me to play the way I do, and so I wouldn’t score the goals I have without the team I have around me.”
The win sends Spurs to the top of the Championship table with a perfect record, two points above Manchester United. Spurs’ next match is against bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa, who have yet to win a game this season.
Tottenham’s hot start have set them up to be one of the favorites to promote to the WSL next season along with United, and it looks likely that both teams will be unbeaten when they meet on November 4. United have been romping their way through the league thus far and have yet to concede a goal, however they did draw 0-0 against Durham, their only blemish on their record thus far. United is a newly formed club but have massive ambitions and resources in the women’s game, and have stocked their roster with international caliber players. This looks like the kind of match that could establish a rivalry between the two clubs.