Spurs Ladies score four against Swindon - and Hector feels they can be even more prolific
Spurs Ladies made a strong start to their FA Women’s Premier League campaign on Sunday, beating Swindon Town 4-1 – and summer signing Renee Hector feels they could have been even more prolific.
Swindon cancelled out Bianca Baptiste’s opener midway through the second half, but the Lilywhites struck three times in the last 15 minutes, with Wendy Martin netting either side of Nikita Whinnett’s superb strike.
The only complaint from centre-back Hector, who made her competitive debut alongside Jenna Schillaci at the heart of the defence, was that Karen Hills’ side could have been out of sight sooner.
“I just think [it’s about] being calm and composed when we had those chances – I mean we could have easily put seven, eight, nine past them, but it’s just one of those things,” she said.
“It wasn’t the best pitch, but it’s just about taking our time and putting it in the back of the net. Saying that, we still came away with the four goals so it’s not the worst result in the world!
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“I was really excited before the game anyway to play my first competitive game, and it’s even better to come away with a win.
“At times we could have made it a little easier for ourselves, but it’s a family here – I really enjoy the atmosphere and the way the girls look out for each other. It was really good.”
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Hector, who arrived from Women’s Super League Two outfit Watford, continued: “I like working with Jenna. Obviously she’s been here a long time, she’s a good leader.
“I’ve always got her constantly talking to me as I’m playing, so that also makes it easier as well as knowing what I need to do – it always helps having that person talking to you. With her experience, it’s an honour to play alongside her.”
Schillaci made a vital goalline block to deny Swindon’s scorer Georgia Walters six yards out at a time when Spurs were only 2-1 up.
She said: “It was important for us to get three points on the board and get off to a good start.
“Our aim is the top three this season. After last season’s success, the girls are hungry for more. Following all the hard work we’ve put in during pre-season, it was important for us to keep the momentum going into the start of the league.
“We controlled the game, played high-tempo football and created a lot of chances – but we were struggling to find the net, which was frustrating. I was always confident that the goals would come if we were patient in front of goal and didn’t panic.
“In the last 15 minutes we turned it up a notch and our fitness levels really started to show. It was important to us to get three points in our first match of the season, and the four goals gives us the confidence going forward into next week’s match [against West Ham in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup].”