Leicester City Women Football Club

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur Ladies



Despite a much improved performance, Leicester City Women suffered a 3-0 defeat on Wednesday night as Tottenham Hotpsur Ladies visited Farley Way Stadium.

Jonathan Morgan made three changes to his starting line up from the Aston Villa match with youngster Freya Thomas coming into the side for her Leicester City debut.

The Foxes started the game well with Freda Ayisi and Melissa Johnson both testing the visiting keeper early on but it was the visitors who took the lead with Sarah Wiltshire leaving Demi Lambourne helpless with a lob from the edge of the area.

Having been disappointed with their performance against Aston Villa at the weekend, Jonathan Morgan’s side put a much improved performance in against Tottenham and the Foxes nearly levelled the scoring when Leigh Dugmore’s cross into the back post found Rosie Axten, but the winger’s shot was well blocked inside the six-yard-box.

Tottenham doubled their advantage six minutes later when a mix up at the back allowed Rianna Dean in behind to slot home from close range for the second goal of the game.

Leicester again had chances to get on the scoresheet, Melissa Johnson found herself with the ball at her feet inside the six-yard-box but the striker saw her goal-bound effort blocked on the line by a resolute Spurs defence.

Five minutes before the break, Sarah Wiltshire netted her second goal of the evening, capitalising on some hesitation in the City defence to take the ball and fire home the visitors third of the game.

City came out the stronger in the second half, and were unlucky not to get back into the game, half time substitutes Sophie Domingo and Maddy Cusack both tested the keeper early on whilst Holly Morgan saw a goal-mouth scramble saved on the line at the second attempt minutes after the referee had waved away protests from the home side for a penalty.

Credit to the home side who didn’t give up throughout the match, Leigh Dugmore thought she’d scored when latching onto the end of a well timed cross from Melissa Johnson but again the Spurs keeper was equal to it.

Leicester’s best opportunity of the second half came 15 minutes from time when Freda Ayisi saw a long range effort spilled by the keeper, Melissa Johnson reacted quickest to reach the rebound but the shot-stopper was quickly back to her feet to deny the striker a tap in.

Tottenham almost added a fourth goal in the closing stages as City continued to push players forward, the Tottenham substitute got in behind the back line and rounded the goalkeeper but the shot was dragged wide from the edge of the 18-yard-box.

CITY: Lambourne, Jackson, Morgan (C), Greengrass, N Johnson (N Hudson ’66), Thomas (Cusack ’45), McCue, Dugmore, M Johnson, Ayisi, Axten (Domingo ’45)
SUBS NOT USED: Clarke, L Johnson, Worts

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Gibbon, Green, McLean, Hector, Wiltshire (Addison ’64), Dean, Schillaci, Wynne, Naz, Neville, Haines (Filbey ’59) (Meilwald ’68)
SUBS NOT USED: Staunton, Leon, Vyse, Baptiste
GOALS: Wiltshire ’14 ’39, Dean ’21


Who impressed?

Freda Ayisi did well in the centre of City’s front line, controlling the ball well before turning and trying to start an attack. The forward saw a long range effort well saved by the keeper and was unlucky not to score when an effort was blocked from close range inside the penalty area.

Where do we stand?

The Foxes drop to seventh in the table after defeat, and could fall below Sheffield United should they beat Manchester United this evening.


Where next?

Leicester City travel to Lewes FC Women on Sunday looking to pick up maximum points against a side yet to taste defeat in the league, these two sides have met twice over the past two seasons with both sides picking up one victory each.



Date Time League Season
19/09/18 19:45 FA Women's Championship 2018/19


Farley Way Stadium
Farley Way, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8TS, UK


Leicester City0
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies3

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Sarah JacksonDefender0000
Holly MorganDefender0000
Charlotte GreengrassDefender0000
Nat Johnson 21Midfielder0000
Leigh DugmoreForward0000
Sherry McCueMidfielder0000
Freya Thomas 28Midfielder0000
Freda AyisiForward0000
Melissa JohnsonForward0000
Rosie Axten 7Forward0000
Sophie Domingo 10Forward0000
Charlotte ClarkeGoalkeeper0000
Fiona WortsForward0000
Natasha Hudson 19Midfielder0000
Lucy JohnsonDefender0000
Maddy Cusack 17Midfielder0000