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06 January 2019 Venue Olympic Legacy Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

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3 January 2019

Sheffield United's women's team head into 2019 with two home games to look forward to as we first welcome high-flying Tottenham Hotspur to Olympic Legacy Park this weekend after the winter break.

Carla Ward's side are yet to face Spurs this season after September's encounter in Cheshunt was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

2018 saw some unpredictable results for the Blades but United have won their last four home games in all competitions, including all three games played at the new Legacy Park stadium, culminating in an impressive Continental Cup display against Leicester City before Christmas.

Goals from Sophie Jones, Chloe Dixon and Danielle Cox ensured a positive end to 2018 and now United will be looking to take that momentum into a tough match against a side fighting for the Championship title and promotion to the FA WSL.

Tottenham sit fourth in the league as we enter the second half of the campaign but just a point separates them and league leaders Manchester United, plus they have a game in hand on Charlton and Durham who sit 2nd and 3rd respectively.

But December was a sticky month for this weekend's visitors as they sunk to two Continental Cup losses against Chelsea and London Bees plus a surprise 6-1 home defeat against league rivals Durham.

Ward meanwhile will be hoping to call on a fully fit squad after the Christmas period. With the side having been chopped and changed as United navigated their last couple of Continental Cup games, Ward can now fully concentrate on the league before her team enter the SSE Women's FA Cup next month.

Youngsters such as Izzy Ford, Beth Ibbotson and Veatriki Sarri all staked their claim for a spot in the team before Christmas and with the top four having broken away from the rest of the pack, strength in depth will be important if United want to finish best of the rest.

Going into two home games this month, United sit seventh level on points with Leicester, one clear of Aston Villa and two behind fifth-placed London Bees.

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United Women 1-2 Spurs - report

6 January 2019

United's women's team were frustrated in their attempts to start 2019 with a win but can be proud of their performance against a Tottenham side chasing promotion to the FA WSL.

Carla Ward's side were looking to make it four wins on the bounce at Olympic Legacy Park and handed a debut to midfielder Maddy Cusack with fellow new arrival Ebony Salmon on the bench.

In the end most of the action came inside the first six minutes of the game as both sides started quickly.

Tottenham took the lead after five minutes when Rianna Dean headed home from close range after Sarah Wiltshire had struck the crossbar from distance.

But within 60 seconds United had responded in the best way possible. Veatriki Sarri stole a yard on her marker down the left and her tantalising cross was sent into her own net by Spurs captain Jenna Schillaci.

The Blades enjoyed a good spell for the next 20 minutes but failed to find the critical second goal. Sarri sent a powerful header straight at Chloe Morgan before Sophie Jones saw an effort blocked on the line.

Tottenham themselves ended the half well without ever hugely calling Alex Brooks into action but the visitors began to turn the screw early in the second half.

In the end it was a moment of genius from Wiltshire that decided the tie. The forward set herself up with a header from a cross and promptly volleyed the ball into the corner of the net.

It didn't dampen United's spirits though and Morgan in the Spurs goal was one of the star players as she thwarted the Blades on several occasions.

The introduction of Manchester United loanee Salmon injected more life into the game and the new arrival went close when she fired an effort into the side netting.

Sarri was denied not once but twice by Morgan, first with a shot from the edge of the box before her free-kick was also palmed away by the Tottenham goalkeeper.

Unfortunately United couldn't find another major chance to get what would have been at least a deserved equaliser.

Blades: Brooks, Pennock, Tierney, Cox, Gilliatt, S. Barker, Cusack, Rayner, Dixon (Salmon 52), Jones, Sarri.
Unused: Joyce, Kemp, Paul, H. Barker, Hartley, Marsden.

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