- Albion beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Culver Road.
- Chloe Peplow and Amanda Nilden both on target
- The Seagulls secure a fourth consecutive win
- Hope Powell’s side are next in action away at London Bees on 18th April
Brighton & Hove Albion continued their FA WSL 2 title push with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, in an accomplished and professional display at Culver Road.
Goals towards the end of each half from Chloe Peplow and substitute Amanda Nilden were enough to overcome the north Londoners at the Sussex County FA Headquarters, and secure a fourth consecutive victory.
Hope Powell made four changes to the side that beat Sheffield 4-1 last week, as Lucy Gillett, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Jenna Legg and Lucy Somes all came into the starting line-up.
Albion had the chance to break the deadlock inside the opening five minutes, as Ini Umotong took advantage of some slack Tottenham defending, but shot over the bar with keeper Chloe Morgan out of her goal.
Danielle Buet ended a well-worked Albion move, but fired wide of the target with her shot from distance.
A spell of Seagulls pressure saw the ball worked out to Legg in space, and the midfielder’s looping cross-shot clipped off the top of the bar.
Tottenham then hit the woodwork themselves just moments later, as Bianca Baptiste tried her luck from a tight angle which also clipped the crossbar.
Buet had another chance to give Powell’s side the lead, when her free kick forced a fine two-handed stop by Morgan, before Somes’s follow-up strike went wide.
Albion continued their dominant end to the half with further opportunities for Legg, Buet and Aileen Whelan, but the deadlock was eventually broken thanks to Peplow with 44 minutes played.
The midfielder curled an unstoppable free kick from distance beyond Morgan to give the Seagulls a well-deserved lead and her first goal for the club.
The Seagulls came out after the break looking to double their lead, as Legg found Whelan deep inside the box, but the latter was denied the chance to take a shot after Ashleigh Neville’s perfectly-timed tackle.
Whelan had another sight of goal shortly afterwards, but Morgan was on hand to make a comfortable save.
Whelan was replaced by Amanda Nilden soon afterwards, and the Swede almost made an immediate impact after being found inside the box by Sophie Perry, but she shot wide from deep inside the area.
Tottenham had a couple of chances to restore parity to the scoreline, with Gillett needing to be alert to tip Coral-Jade Haines’s dipping strike over the crossbar.
Jenna Schillaci then had a free kick in a promising position for the north Londoners, but her shot went straight into Gillett’s grasp.
Umotong had a golden opportunity to double Albion’s lead after she was found deep inside the box, but the forward headed wide after being left unmarked by the Tottenham defence.
Baptiste thought she had levelled the scores after slotting the ball home in a one-v-one with Gillett, but the linesman ruled out the effort for offside.
There was another nervy moment for the Albion defence when Spurs substitute Andreya Ezekiel-Meade poked the ball past Gillett, but the Seagulls cleared the danger.
But Albion ensured the points were safe in the second minute of stoppage time, as Nilden coolly slotted the ball home from Umotong’s cross to make the final score 2-0 and secure the Seagulls a fourth consecutive victory.
ALBION: Gillett; Perry, Ashton-Jones, Rafferty, Gibbons; Peplow (Barton 85) Buet, Legg (Natkiel 77); Somes, Umotong, A.Whelan (Nilden 60).
SUBS NOT USED: Hourihan (GK), Taylor, Pharoah.