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Women: Tottenham 3 Albion 0

23 March 2014

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Albion women were beaten by Tottenham thanks to Bianca Baptiste’s hat-trick.

The Spurs midfielder struck twice in the first eleven minutes and added a third twenty minutes from time to give the north Londoners an emphatic victory.

The Seagulls had the first opportunity of the game, when keeper Sarah Walters had to be alert to deny Amy Potkins from inside the box.
But Baptiste broke the deadlock in the eighth minute after firing past keeper Toni-Anne Wayne with a powerful finish.

The Spurs midfielder struck again just three minutes later, after turning quickly inside the box and producing another accomplished finish to get the hosts off to a perfect start.

Although the hosts were forced to make a change in the aftermath of the second goal, as striker Wendy Martin was injured in the build-up.

The Seagulls were then restricted to half-chances, as Kirsty Barton’s free-kick went just wide of the far post before seeing another effort rise over the crossbar.

Skipper Tammy Waine’s set-piece also troubled the Spurs backline, with Davina Smith being forced to make an acrobatic clearance at the far post.

Baptiste could have put the game beyond Albion and complete a first-half hat-trick, but Wayne was on hand to tip away her speculative shot.

Albion were then forced into a change themselves just before the break when Charley Boswell was substituted after suffering a head injury.

John Donoghue’s tried to get back into the game after the break; as Kirsty Barton’s free-kick caused a defensive scramble inside the box, before Paula Howells forced a save from Walters.

Captain Tammy Waine also worked herself into space only to see her shot rise over the upright.

Rosie Kmita was then denied a goal against her former club, as her superb looping finish over Walters was ruled out for offside.

Just a minute later, Spurs effectively ended the match as a contest when Baptiste was played through one-on-one with Wayne and coolly dinked the ball over the Albion keeper to complete a hat-trick.

Baptise could have even netted a fourth goal just minutes later, but this time fired her effort past the far post and Spurs secured a comfortable victory.

ALBION: Wayne (GK); Carter, Beaumont, Waine, Poole; Potkins (Capon 45) Barton, Boswell (Green 40); Rosie Kmita, Somes, Howells (Mollie Kmita 72).
SUBS NOT USED:  Simmonds (GK).


Albion v Middlesbrough:
Saturday 29th March, kick-off 3pm

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