Andy Wicks was pitchside at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday to capture all the action in this vital game at the bottom of the WSL (21/5/23).
Above: Beth England, scorer of two of Spurs’ four goals, in action yesterday. Photo: Andy Wicks for Impetus.
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Reading
Tottenham Hotspur finally confirmed their WSL status for another season after a crushing win over a Reading side whose own hopes of avoiding relegation are now hanging by the slenderest of threads.
Spurs took the lead through talismanic striker Beth England, who nodded home Molly Bartrip’s cross. Celin Bizet made it 2-0 four minutes before the break.
England hit the target again just after the hour mark when she took the ball round Royals’ keeper Grace Moloney and dispatched it into the net. Kit Graham added a fourth before Justine Vanhaevermaet got one back for the visitors.
Reading will be relegated today if Leicester City beat a West Ham United side who have lost their last 10 WSL matches. If the battle goes down to the final day, Kelly Chambers’ side would have to beat a Chelsea team who may well need a victory to clinch the WSL title.
Andy Wicks’ EXCLUSIVE photo gallery from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Impetus:
Teams: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (4-4-2): Spencer, Neville, Turner, Bartrip, Harrop, Bizet, James, Spence, Ayane, Summanen, England. Substitutes used: Graham (for Summanen 45′), Naz (for Ayane 69′), Iwabuchi (for Bizet 80′), Percival (for Spence 80′), Karczewska (for England 85′).
Scorers: England 29’, 62’. Bizet 41’, Graham 75’.
READING (4-1-3-2): Moloney, Mayi Kith, Cooper, Evans, Mukandi, Vanhaevermaet, Eikeland, Primmer, Wade, Troelsgaard, Wellings. Substitutes used: Harries (for Troelsgaard 45′), Moore (for Wade 45′), Rose (for Primmer 60′), Bryson (for Mayi Kith 69′), Hendrix (for Cooper 78′).
Scorer: Vanhaevermaet 79’.
Referee: Emily Heaslip.