Baker’s girls ready for Spurs test

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

HAMP­STEAD Women FC caused one of the up­sets of the sea­son when they beat Haringey Bor­ough in the FA Lon­don Se­nior Women’s Cup.

Their re­ward is a tie against Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Jan­uary 17. The win­ners will meet Arse­nal, the nine-time con­sec­u­tive Premier­ship cham­pi­ons and Euro­pean Cup win­ners.

Up against op­po­nents from four di­vi­sions higher and only two di­vi­sions be­low the women’s Premier League, Hamp­stead won 2-1 in ex­tra time.

The team had nine play­ers out of 16 in the Team GB open squad at the 18th Mac­cabiah where women’s foot­ball was hosted for the first time. Cap­tain El­lie Bard and at­tack­ing mid­fielder Kate Free­man played key roles in the cup win along with Emma Wragg who dropped out of the Mac­cabiah squad.

Man­ager John Baker said: “I am so proud of the girls. There is such a tremendous team spirit. They are play­ing beau­ti­ful, fast and dy­namic pass­ing foot­ball, at a level well be­yond our league rank­ing sug­gests pos­si­ble. But this is ex­actly why they say that the cup brings such ro­mance.

“It’s a chance for the lit­tle team to prove them­selves on the big stage, and that’s ex­actly what we’ve done here to­day. Our Head Coach, Ian Gan­non needs to take a lot of the credit, how­ever. There are only a few women’s clubs in the coun­try that can boast an UEFAA pro-li­cence coach, and we are lucky to have him here.”

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