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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Blackburn Rovers came through a potentially tricky tie in the Second Round against Hull City with a 5-0 victory. Ella Toone scored twice along with Jess Holbrook, Natasha Fenton and Faye McCoy to set up a home tie against Tottenham Hotspur. Bianca Baptiste bagged a brace and Maya Vio the other as Spurs defeated Gillingham 3-0 to progress to what will be a fascinating tie between the leaders of the Northern and Southern Divisions in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC was formed in 1985 as Broxbourne Ladies by the late Sue Sharples and Kay Lovelock, after the East Herts College team folded. For the 1991-92 Season, the team got permission granted for the name Tottenham Hotspur to be used and at the start of the 1992-93 season, a reserve side was added to the Senior side.
The Club continues to grow and their reliance on realising players' true potential has seen many move onto Centres of Excellence and through to the First Team after progressing through the junior sides.
Spurs Ladies is one of the biggest clubs in London, running 13 teams with the First Team playing in the FA Women's Premier League South. The Club runs three senior sides and ten Youth sides at Under-18s,Under 16's (two teams) Under-15s, Under-14s , Under-13s,Under-12s, Under-11s and Under-10s.
The club climbed up to the Premier Division of the Greater London League, where they finished runners-up four times in six years. They eventually finished Champions of the London & South East League in 2007-08 and were promoted to the South East Combination, winning the title in 2010-11 and reaching the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Last season they won their biggest trophy to date, landing the Premier League Cup after beating Cardiff City Ladies in the Final at Kidderminster.
The club's manager is Karen Hills, herself a former winner of the FA Women's Cup with Charlton Athletic. She has assembled a strong squad, coached by Juan Carlos with Sarah Budd taking care of Sports Rehabilitation, and Jenna Schillachi is captain. Bianca Baptiste is the team's leading scorer with Kelley Blanchflower another regular name on the scoresheet. At present they sit on top of the Southern Division with an unbeaten record.
Blackburn Rovers (from):
Danielle Hill, Danielle Whitham, Alex Taylor, Lynda Shepherd, Kelsey Pearson, Jess Holbrook, Hannah Fryer, Natasha Fenton, Saffron Jordan, Ainsley Strickland, Emma Rankin, Kayleigh McDonald, Katie Maher, Ellie Cook, Cara Bickett, Faye McCoy, Ria Montgomery, Ella Toone.
Tottenham Hotspur (from):
Toni-Anne Wayne, Bianca Baptiste, Kelley Blanchflower, Josie Green, Renee Hector, Lucia Leon, Megan Lynch, Shannon Maloney, Wendy Martin, Sophie McLean, Katie O'Leary, Eartha Pond, Leah Rawle, Rhianna Soobadoo, Jenna Schillachi, Maya Vio, Nikita Whinnett.
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