London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United played out a tightly contested 1-1 draw at The Hive in their opening Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture of the season this afternoon.
A Grace Fisk own goal handed the home side the lead early in the second half before Adriana Leon soon levelled matters.
The home team dominated possession in the first half with Kit Graham hitting the woodwork twice in the opening 20 minutes.
As the game progressed, West Ham United picked up more possession and Kenza Dali forced a save from Becky Spencer. At half-time neither team had made the breakthrough though and it remained 0-0.
The second half was a more scrappy affair with both sides making use of the extended substitute provision. Rachel Daly came on after the break and West Ham United fans will be looking forward to seeing more from her in the coming weeks.
Spurs took the lead after 53 minutes as Lucy Quinn whipped in a corner which Fisk turned into her own net. Karen Hills and Juan Amoros’ side’s lead was short-lived with the visitors levelling matters four minutes later with a bullet from Leon. After that, the substitutions affected the flow of both teams and either team could have won it.
The Spurs substitutions showed decisions are still being made about their best line-up following the arrivals of Alanna Kennedy and Shelina Zardorsky. Kennedy came on during the second half taking up a role in midfield and Ria Percival was pushed back to right-back. Zardorsky was vocal on the bench but didn’t get onto the pitch.
A draw is not something that either team would have been hoping for as they both face difficult games next weekend, West Ham United host Arsenal and Spurs travel to Everton. It is not an unexpected result though as the teams seem set to duel it out in mid-table once again.