Spurs Women earned their first ever win against North London Rivals, Arsenal, on Saturday 16 December with a 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Martha Thomas led her team to making history with her 58th minute goal that denied Arsenal from going three points above Chelsea at the top of the WSL league table.

Ending their five-game winless run, Spurs now remain sixth.

In his post-match interview, Robert Vilahamn, the Spurs manager said: ”The last few weeks against hard opponents have been tricky for self confidence but the players have just kept working today and you can see that.”

Their historic win comes after Spurs have conceded a combined total of 11 goals in their last two league games against Manchester United and Manchester City.

Vilahamn added: ”The goal is evidence of what we want to do with this team… that is how Tottenham Hotspur should score a goal.

”It was brilliant.”

Described by Martha Thomas herself as a ‘great team goal’, the build-up began with Spurs’ goalkeeper Votikova playing it out to Bartip, who knocked it to Clinton to turn it to Thomas.

Thomas then knocked it to Bizet who ran at the Arsenal defence before sliding it back across to Thomas to tap in on the left-hand side and take the advantage.

Barbora Votikova. Image courtesy of Sven Beyrich/El_Loko via Wikimedia Commons. No changes were made to this image. License details found here.

Another player who had a great performance was Barbora Votikova, the Czech international made her WSL debut in goal for Spurs Women and was voted Barclays ‘Player of the Match’ in the same afternoon.

Keeping a clean sheet for her team, Votikova ensured it was frustrating afternoon for Arsenal who had a total of 31 shots, eight on target.

Spurs have only not lost to their North London rivals once since their promotion to the WSL back in 2019, showing just how big Saturday’s result was for them.

The North London derby is a fixture that is highly anticipated each year, and this was heightened by the game at Meadow Park just days before on Wednesday 13 December.

After a thrilling 3-3 draw between the two in regular time, Spurs put in a valiant effort but Arsenal eventually knocked them out of the Conti Cup competition on penalties

It was up to the players to prove themselves on home soil three days later, and they certainly made it a memorable game, as the atmosphere, particularly in the second half, was palpable.

By Emilie Mwanza

Founder of Beyond The 90. Trainee multimedia journalist based in Preston.