Tottenham Hotspur and Bristol City played out a second draw of the season as the two sides battled to a 1-1 draw at The Hive this afternoon.
Siri Worm’s early goal for Spurs was cancelled out by Gemma Evans’ effort early in the second half as the two sides followed up November’s 2-2 draw at Twerton Park with the same outcome this afternoon.
Spurs dominated the first half following Worm’s free-kick after only two minutes. Rianna Dean was brought down on the edge of the area and Worm fired home the resulting free-kick with her usual aplomb. It should have been 2-0 to the North Londoners 15 minutes later but Dean skied the ball over the bar after good work from Kit Graham and Rosella Ayane. Graham had a couple of chances herself as she impressed on her return to the starting line-up.
Bristol City barely troubled Becky Spencer who was returning from injury in the Spurs goal and head coach Rehanne Skinner will have been disappointed that her team didn’t have a bigger lead at half-time, especially as she has highlighted the shot conversion rate as an issue after recent games.
The second half was a different affair as Bristol City came out fighting and after 52 minutes, they found the back of the net with a header from Evans coming from a corner. The goal seemed to affect the confidence of both teams and the remainder of game was played more in the middle of the park. Not long after the equaliser, a mistake from Abbie McManus let Ebony Salmon in on goal but her shot went wide.
After 66 minutes, Gemma Davison, on for Dean, had a fierce shot palmed over by Sophie Baggaley in the Bristol City goal then five minutes later, Rachel Williams, who had come on for Angela Addison, looked to be in on goal but her shot went high and wide.
After the match, Bristol City manager Matt Beard declared himself happy with the point away from home after a busy week for his team. Spurs head coach Skinner was less happy as her team again struggled to score despite creating a number of chances. She was happy with the overall performance, noting the break in flow created by the game cancellations earlier in the year and how that has affected results.
Next weekend sees Bristol City travel to Birmingham City while Spurs host Arsenal in a North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.