Jay Patel was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last night for Impetus to capture all the action from this vital WSL game in the battle to avoid relegation (30/4/23).
Above: Lee Geum-min (9) looks to beat Spurs’ Drew Spence last night. Photo: Jay Patel.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Brighton and Hove Albion
Spurs and Brighton shared the spoils in North London last night on a day of dramatic developments in the battle to avoid the drop into the Championship.
With Leicester City, who started the day bottom gaining a hugely impressive 4-0 win over Liverpool to move up three places, the pressure was on Tottenham and Brighton to continue their bid to edge nearer safety and push Reading into the mire as a consequence.
Elisabeth Terland drew first blood for the Sussex visitors when she pounced to direct Spurs keeper Rebecca Spencer’s parry into the net. However, Spurs have a reliable goalscorer these days, and within two minutes, Beth England headed home Kerys Harrop’s corner.
With 25 minutes remaining, the Seagulls retook the lead thanks to Lee Geum-min’s low shot from outside the area. It was England who levelled again for Spurs as she ran onto a ball through and smash home. The Lionesses striker was later withdrawn to allow for Ria Percival’s eagerly awaited return from long-term injury.
The outcome of yesterday’s games puts Leicester, Tottenham, and Brighton two points clear of the relegation zone, with Reading rock bottom. Spurs have crucially played a game more. It’s as tight and dramatic at the bottom as it is at the top in the WSL.
Jay Patel’s photo gallery from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:
Teams: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (4-4-2): Spencer, Neville, Turner, Bartrip, Harrop, Bizet, Summanen, James, Ayane, Spence, England. Substitutes used: Graham (for Spence 59′), Iwabuchi (for Ayane 70′), Naz (for Bizet 71′), Percival (for England 82′).
Scorers: England 12′, 78′.
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION (4-2-3-1): Williams, Fox, Morse, Kullberg, Stott, Connolly, Bance, Robinson, Terland, Sarri, Carter. Substitutes used: Olme (for Bance 56′), Lee (for Carter 56′), Green (for Sarri 79′), Bergsvand (for Stott 84′).
Scorers: Terland 10′, Lee 65′.
Referee: Cheryl Foster.