Sunday 09th October 2005

Fleet Ladies earn their Spurs

A trip to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies was one of the fixtures Gravesend and Northfleet ladies were looking forward to when entering this newly formed regional League, writes Stephen McCartney.

The opportunity to play new sides from a strong London league and to test themselves against teams that are well recognised in the football world, as they are associated with their male counterparts.

Fleet Ladies visited a ground just around the corner from White Hart Lane, to play Spurs Ladies in their London and South East Regional Premier League match yesterday.

Starting the game unbeaten in six, the Fleet ladies team were full of confidence, but were not taking anything for granted in their match preparation, as they had not faced this opposition in league action before this season.

The match started in a hurry with both teams struggling to settle into the game whilst trying to stamp their authority on it, the ball was quickly moved from end to end without too many chances being created.

It soon became apparent that Fleet ladies were the stronger team on the day as they settled into their stride and took the game to Spurs ladies, unsettling them in the first half and creating scoring opportunities, that were well saved by the Spurs keeper.

It was Zoe Morrell who finally broke the deadlock by pouncing on a half chance, after Lorraine Grinyer delivered a good corner, she was first to the loose ball in the box and placed the ball above the keepers reach on the half volley.

Unfortunately the game wasn’t a great performance by either side on the day, with many free kick interruptions not allowing the game to flow.

Fleet were clearly on top but unable to get into their normal fluent passing game, and it wasn’t until mid second half that they scored their second goal, as Grinyer pushed forward from midfield to latch onto the ball just outside the box and after flicking it up, expertly volleyed the ball, which looped over the keeper into the back of the net.

A fairly comfortable win for the ladies side sees them go second in the league this week, and more pleasingly keep their third league clean sheet of the season.

Next week Gravesend and Northfleet ladies continue in the league against Clapton Orient, another London team new to the ladies, the match will be at AEI Sports and Social Club, Kings Farm Gravesend 2.00 kick off, supporters are welcome.

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For further details on the team please use any of the following contact methods. Club website: www.intheteam.com/gravesendladiesfc - Club contact Tina ladies section: 07732 148011 - Club Email: spryamanda@aol.com.