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Tottenham Hotspur Ladies v Man City Women match preview

New opposition in the FA Cup

Man City Women travel to London again this weekend as they prepare to face new opposition in the fifth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies were formed in 1985 as Broxbourne Ladies after the team at East Herts College folded, being granted permission in the 1991/91 season to use the name Tottenham Hotspur with a reserve team added to the fold in the 1992/93 season. Since then the club has won various accolades including the Greater London Regional Women’s League Division 1, the Ryman’s Women’s Cup and as recent as the 2016/17 season, they won promotion to what was the FA WSL 2 after winning the FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play-off.

Manager Karen Hills has been in charge since 2009 and seen the club’s rise though the women’s football pyramid to where they are now. She was recently named FA Women’s Championship Manager of the Month for January.

Manager Karen Hills

In their first season in the WSL 2, Tottenham earned six wins in the league and two in the Continental Cup Group Two South, finishing seventh in the league as well as being cleared to play in the new FA Women’s Championship. Tottenham are currently top of the league with 36 points, recording wins over nine of their opponents including Lewes, Sheffield United and London Bees, only losing to Durham and newcomers Manchester United.

They finished fourth in their Continental Cup group on 6 points, drawing with Crystal Palace and Brighton, beating Yeovil 4-0 but losing to London Bees and Chelsea while making it through to this round of the FA Cup after beating Palace 3-0.

The 2018 transfer window saw Tottenham bring in seven players including youth internationals Ana Filbey, Megan Wynne and Rianna Dean as well as former WSL player Coral-Jade Haines, who came from Birmingham first on loan and then on a permanent contract. While the winter window was a quiet one for the club, they did sign former London Bees captain Emma Beckett in January.

There will be a familiar face in the team on Sunday in former Blue and recent recipient of the FA Women’s Championship POTM, Sarah Wiltshire, who was nominated alongside Dean and completed her first season with Spurs in the 2017/18 season after signing from Yeovil.

Former blue Sarah Wiltshire in action for Spurs

Kick off at Cheshunt FC is 14:00pm on Sunday 17th February with tickets available on the gate and you can follow the game on Man City Women, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies and the SSE Women’s FA Cup Twitter pages.