Ritson relishing Spurs’ clash

West Ham Ladies are preparing for a big London derby under the Boleyn Ground lights
Defender Danni Ritson is buzzing about the prospect of playing an official FA Women’s Premier League under the famous lights at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday 8 March – International Women’s Day.

The Ladies club have announced that their upcoming Southern Division fixture with Tottenham Hotspur Ladies has been moved to Upton Park from their usual surroundings at AFC Hornchurch’s Bridge Avenue Stadium.

It is the first time that the West Ham Ladies will host an official league fixture on the hallowed turf and a big moment for Ritson and her teammates.

“I simply cannot wait for the Upton Park fixture,” admitted the 20 year-old. “Under the Boleyn Ground lights, one of the last times ever, while my teammates and I are pulling on the famous Claret and Blue shirts and preparing to walk out onto the pitch to the sound of our friends, family and the West Ham fans singing Bubbles is something that any footballer would dream of.

“It is the Club’s final season at Upton Park and it’s been a special season that we are lucky enough to be a part of, especially when it’s an official league match too!”

Tickets for the big game are priced at £5 for Adults and just £1 for Children and can be purchased through turnstiles on the night.

The Hammers will hope for a better showing against Spurs after a difficult few weeks results-wise, with Tottenham inflicting a penalty shootout defeat over their London rivals in the Capital Cup quarter-finals.

A 7-0 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers in the FA Women’s Cup third round was followed by an 8-0 league loss to Charlton Athletic at AFC Hornchurch.

Ahead of the Boleyn Ground date, the Ladies host Coventry City in the league on Sunday, with kick-off at 2pm.