Beever-Jones bags late winner for the Toffees

Spurs recently sacked Rehanne Skinner, and since then the Lilywhites have picked up three points against relegation favourites Leicester City, before a heavy 5-1 defeat to North London rivals Arsenal. A trip to Walton Hall Park on Sunday gave Spurs a chance to pick up the points against mid-table opposition, with the Toffees sat comfortably in 6th.

EVE: Brosnan; Veje, Sevecke, Bjorn, George; Christiansen, Wheeler, Galli; Park, Snoeijs, Sorensen

TOT: Spencer; Harrop, Bartrip, Turner, Neville; Bizet, Summanen, James, Ayane; England, Iwabuchi

Everton took an early lead at Walton Hall Park over their visitors, with Nicoline Sorensen finding the back of the net at the near post, bagging her first Women’s Super League goal in over two years as the sent the ball crashing past Rebecca Spencer between the sticks. The Toffees were ahead after just four minutes!

Spurs’ start had been dire to say the least, and they finally broke forward fifteen minutes in – but a wayward cross from Ashleigh Neville brought that chance to an end. The Lilywhites were back under pressure soon after, as Sorensen looked to combine with Izzy Christiansen, though a good block from Amy Turner prevented the goalscorer’s cross from reaching the desired target.

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Against the run of play, Spurs found an equaliser in the 22nd minute, as Eveliina Summanen got on the end of Beth England’s pass before launching a thunderous strike into the back of the net. Would they be able to hold on to a draw though, with 70 minutes still to play?

Everton looked to restore their lead almost immediately though, with Jess Park working her way down the left flank before cutting the ball back to Izzy Christiansen – her shot was blocked though. Tottenham’s goal seemed to have given their defence a newfound confidence, and the Toffees were really struggling to find a breakthrough.

Celin Bizet forced a great recovery from Courtney Brosnan, after the Everton ‘keeper let the Norwegian’s strike roll through her legs. Somehow, she managed to get back in time to hook it off the line, but that could have been an absolute howler for the Toffees!

Everton started the second half strongly, with Nicoline Sorensen threatening the Spurs defence once again – though the visitors were able to deal with her ball to Jess Park, with Ashleigh Neville making a crucial interception. Neville then worked her way up the mitch, finding Beth England in the centre of the park, but she was unable to find her sixth goal of the season.

Angharad James tried to find the back of the net from twenty-five yards out – and she came close to doing so, but her long-range strike sailed just over the bar! What a way that would have been to take the lead.

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Six minutes of injury time gave both sides one last chance to steal a win, and most importantly the three points. It was Everton that made the stoppage time count though, as substitute Aggie Beever-Jones sent the ball rolling past Rebecca Spencer to clinch victory for the Toffees in the 94th minute.

That represents Spurs’ 11th defeat in their last twelve games, with their only win in that time coming against Leicester City. The Foxes sit rock-bottom of the 12-team Women’s Super League, though the Lilywhites are just five points off the Midlands club, who have a game in hand still to play.

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