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Terland and Lee on target to secure important point

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Albion draw 2-2 at Tottenham to edge point closer to WSL safety.

By Bruce Talbot • 29 April 2023

By Kyle Hemsley
Elisabeth Terland celebrates after scoring against Spurs, her fourth goal in three games.

Goals from Elisabeth Terland and Geummin Lee earned Albion a precious point in their WSL relegation battle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

Terland scored her seventh goal of the season and Lee came off the bench in the second half to restore Albion’s lead but on both occasions we were pegged back by goals from Beth England, the first 90 seconds after Albion had gone in front.

After England's second equaliser the game could have gone either way but the point which took Albion two clear of Reading, who are now bottom after Leicester lifted themselves off the foot of the table earlier in the day with a 4-0 victory over Liverpool, was the least we deserved. 

Albion made the perfect start when they took a tenth-minute lead.

By Kyle Hemsley
Guemmin Lee restores Albion's lead in the second half.

The goal was made by Katie Robinson who cut inside from the right, held off her marker and squared the ball across goal to Terland. Katie Spencer brilliantly parried her first effort, but Terland made no mistake from the rebound which she lashed into the roof of the net.

But Albion were pegged back within two minutes. A deep cross from the right was flicked on and England rose above the defence to head in from close range, her seventh goal since joining Spurs from Chelsea in January.

After the early goal rush the game settled down. Spurs had the bulk of the possession without really troubling Lydia Williams. Eveliina Summanen had a couple of shots from distance and looked lively for the hosts but Spencer had to be alert when Vea Sarri cut in from the left and Danielle Carter would have had a tap-in had the keeper not smothered Sarri's cross. 

By Kyle Hemsley
Katie Robinson congratulates Elisabeth Terland after she put Albion ahead.

Albion began the second half brightly and stepped up their efforts after Lee and Julia Zigiotti arrived off the bench in the 56th minute.

Within a minute Lee’s cross found Terland who headed wide under pressure but the South Korean international scored a superb goal in the 67th minute to put Albion back in front. Rebekah Stott started the move when she brought the ball out of defence and found Robinson. Her sideways pass picked out Lee on the edge of the D and she barely broke stride before curling a right-foot shot into the bottom corner for her seventh of the campaign.

By Kyle Hemsley
Katie Robinson breaks forward.

But once again Albion couldn’t hold onto their lead. After Zigiotti had tested Spencer Spurs broke and England timed her run to perfection, beating the offside trap before lashing an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

Ashleigh Neville headed over from four yards as the hosts looked like grabbing a winner but Albion regrouped and played well in the closing stages, including the seven added minutes.

Substitute Guro Bergsvand headed over from one of three successive Albion corners and in one last raid down the right the excellent Robinson hurdled a challenge but couldn’t pick out a teammate to apply the finishing touch.

Albion: L. Williams, Fox, Morse, Stott (Bergsvand 85), Kullberg, Robinson, Bance (Zigiotti 56), Connolly, Sarri (Green 79), Carter (Lee 56), Terland.

Unused subs: Walsh, V. Williams, Pattinson, Stefanovic, Visalli.