December 7, 2019 by Stephen L Wright
The outcome of Wednesday’s Home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur did not leave the attending Birmingham fans too disappointed.
A badly depleted squad (no Harrop, Mayling or Visalli) was once again strengthened by Academy player Lily Simkin, who played a brilliant game. And it was a welcome return for Rachel Williams.
After a slightly shaky start, Blues found their rhythm and took the game to Spurs putting former Blues ‘keeper Becky Spencer under pressure. The breakthrough came in the 20th minute when Lucy Staniforth’s beautifully weighted ball into the area met the head of Abby Grant and Spencer was beaten. The goal was Abby’s first for the club.
The second half was more of a mixed bag and Blues lost some of the drive of the first. There was also a noticeable lack of the challenging football they had played against Chelsea. If anything, Spurs were the more physical of the sides, and somewhat too physical on occasion. But they also gave Blues’ ‘keeper Hannah Hampton plenty of opportunities to show how far she’s come in a relatively short time as she pulled off some superb saves to keep them from equalising.
But the equaliser, a header from Kit Graham, did come fifteen minutes from the final whistle and rather against the run of play as Blues had found a bit more of their earlier spirit.
All said and done, the players put in a pretty good show and Marta Tejedor was happy enough.
Tomorrow it’s a trip to Bristol, yet to win a game, who will be hungry for points. Can Wednesday’s result spur on Blues? We wait and see…