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West Ham Utd 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0
West Ham United's big night out at the Boleyn Ground was a great success as they recorded an FAWPL Southern Division victory over Tottenham Hotspur in front of a crowd of 1,746.
Throwing off poor recent results and a Capital Cup penalty shootout exit at the hands of their North London opponents. the Hammers gave a display full of character and determination worthy of the setting to overcome Spurs through a penalty converted by skipper Katie Bottom.
Spurs dominated possession in the opening 20 minutes, as they were to do for much of the match, but found the Hammers back line in good form. It was 28 minutes before the hosts had an attempt on goal but they posed more threat as the break approached. Spurs were denied on 34 minutes by a fine saving tackle by Danni Ritson, then Wendy Martin headed narrowly wide from the resulting corner.
After the break, the game became more stretched and there were chances at both ends of the pitch. Hammers' Cindy Ferreira fired over when through on goal then Spurs' Alex Keown's free kick was turned in but the goal was disallowed for offside.
The crucial moment came when sub Laura Curtis was brought down after a clever twisting run into the box past two defenders and Bottom stepped up to send keeper Toni Anne Wayne the wrong way on 71 minutes.
West Ham were penned back in their own half for much of the final twenty minutes. Martin went close with a couple of efforts but such was the resolve of player of the match Bottom and her fellow defenders, backed up by the rest of the team, that Spurs were kept at bay.
A fine interception by Hannah Wheeler saw off the last attack and the home players were able to celebrate a famous and hard earned victory in one of the last matches to be played at this iconic venue.
West Ham United: Beth Griffiths, Daniella Ritson, Katie Bottom, Hannah Wheeler, Olivia Sammons, Rosie Missen, Karen Ray, Erika Campesi, Gemma Abela, Whitney Locke, Cindy Ferreira. Subs: Erica Turner, Chelsea Hinz, Laura Curtis, Liz Berkeley, Sasha Kelly.
Tottenham Hotspur: Toni Anne Wayne, Molly Kmita, Jenna Schillaci, Alex Keown, Rosie Kmita, Shannon Moloney, Riana Soobadoo, Sophie McLean, Lucia Leon, Wendy Martin, Ronnell Humes. Subs: Chloe Morgan, Amy Cooper, Leah Rawle, Kelley Blanchflower, Leanne Mabey.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photo - West Ham captain Katie Bottom scores the only goal of the game from the penalty spot (www.jamesprickett.co.uk).
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