Jessica Naz of Tottenham Hotspur Ladies Lewes Women v Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FA Women's Championship football match, The Dripping Pan Stadium, Lewes, UK - 14 Oct 2018 Photo: Robin Parker for The FA

Spurs hold their nerve to secure provisional promotion to the top flight

FA Women’s Championship club Tottenham Hotspur are celebrating provisionally earning their place in the FA Women’s Super League after a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa this evening confirmed their position as runners-up.

Jessica Naz opened the scoring for Karen Hills’ side after just two minutes and while the home side levelled matters in the second half, Spurs held on for the point needed to secure promotion subject to them meeting FA Women’s Super League licence criteria.

It was a dream start for the North Londoners on a pleasant night in Boldmere when England Under-19 international Naz took aim from long range and fired in a stunning effort which sailed past home keeper Sian Rogers.

Aston Villa had chances to equalise towards the end of the half but Sophie Haywood’s shot was expertly kept out by Spurs keeper Chloe Morgan before Alice Hassall fired a chance over the bar on the volley.

The home side did level four minutes into the second period when Amy West found the corner of the net with a precise finish.

Coral-Jade Haines then saw an effort strike the bar for Spurs before Rogers made a superb save to prevent an Emma Beckett free-kick from sneaking into the net.

An injury time scramble almost saw Villa force home the winner but Spurs somehow held on to provisionally book their place in the 2019/2020 FA Women’s Super League.

The North Londoners will be assessed by the FA Women’s Super League ahead of being awarded a top tier licence later this month, although no problems are anticipated.

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