Tottenham Hotspur capped off their season in style with a 3-1 triumph over London rivals West Ham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.

Skipper Bethany England opened the score line in the first half for Spurs, but it was goals from Jessica Naz and Drew Spence that cancelled out Riko Ueki’s second half-equaliser.

This win marks Tottenham’s third consecutive triumph on home turf at N17 this season, highlighting their dominance on the big stage.

Manager Robert Viliham attributed their success at the men’s stadium to various factors, emphasising the advantages of the pitch size and the enthusiastic support from the fans.

He said:”Everybody wants to be here because the product gets so much better.”

Following a recent setbacks with a midweek loss to league leaders Chelsea and FA Cup heartbreak at Wembley, Spurs found their stride early in the game, capitalising on a defensive error from Hammers goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Martha Thomas’s quick reaction set up England’s opener just four minutes into the match.

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The first half was dominated by Spurs attacking prowess, and though West Ham did begin to settle into the game before the break, it was Tottenham that had the better chances.

Arnold did well to deny Thomas in the 35th minute, while Spurs were also left frustrated after hitting the woodwork several times in quick succession.

The dynamic shifted briefly when West Ham’s Ueki netted an impressive goal from outside the box shortly after the restart, punishing Tottenham for missed opportunities.

However, Spurs displayed resilience, maintaining relentless pressure throughout the second half.

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In the 86th minute, Jess Naz emerged as the hero, shrugging off two West Ham defenders to reclaim the lead for Tottenham.

The victory was particularly sweet for the 23-year-old, who also earned a spot in Sarina Wiegman’s squad for this summer’s WEURO 2025 Qualifiers.

In stoppage time the Hammers were stunned once again, when Drew Spence fired home a third for the Lilywhites to seal off the 23/24 season.

Her long distance strike curled into the top-right hand corner certainly had Spurs fans on their feet, while for the away support they once again found themselves facing the brunt of a poor result.

Speaking to the media after the game, West Ham manager Rehanne Skinner spoke of her team’s struggle to find consistency in the league.

She said: ”Once we get a little bit more depth in our squad, that’s when you become more competitive in this league.

”That was always going to be part of the challenge for us this year.

”Our players are gaining experience, and the squad was really young before Christmas.”

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On the positives she saw in this afternoon’s game in particular, Skinner added: ”In terms of the first half, I think we were maybe a little bit slow to start and obviously as the game progressed, we were figuring out the best way of sticking to the game plan out of possession.

”When we came out the second half we got to a position where we were utilising the ball more effectively, especially on transition.

”We weren’t necessarily as rushed as we were in the first half.”

She added: ”Riko’s goal was a super finish as well, I think she did really well as the game went on.”

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By Emilie Mwanza

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