Deanna Cooper and Ali Riley both scored their first goals for the Blues and Bethany England netted a brace for the third game running to close out the Continental Tyres League Cup group stage.
Cooper was the first to strike, giving us the lead early on when she bundled home a corner kick after a mistake by the keeper, and not long after that Riley joined her in opening her account for the club. It's unlikely to be goal she'll forget anytime soon, as she curled an incredible shot into the far corner to put us in complete control at Cheshunt FC.
It was another quick start to the second half as Karen Carney finished off an excellent team move just one minute after the restart, and by the hour mark we had made certain of the victory when England headed home at the second attempt. She added her second of the evening with a stunning left-footed effort to score our fifth, on our way to making it five wins out of five in the group.
It was a much-changed Blues side for our final game of the year, with only Magdalena Eriksson, Carney and Erin Cuthbert retained from the starting XI which won at Brighton at the weekend. Lizzie Durack was brought in between the sticks, guarded by a back four of Jess Carter, Cooper, Eriksson and Riley. Anita Asante and Jade Bailey marshalled the midfield behind the attacking trio of Adelina Engman, Cuthbert and Carney, with England, having scored a brace in each of her past two appearances, selected to lead the line.
It was a sloppy start by Hayes' side, as less than a minute had elapsed when the defence allowed a cross to reach Wynne at the back stick, only for the Spurs player to blaze her shot high over the bar. On a bitterly cold evening in north London, it was a big wake-up call – and one which was heeded.
A succession of free-kicks and corners were won in opposition territory as we approached the 10-minute mark, and one of them paid off in a big way when Gibbon came out to claim the set-piece and made a complete hash of it. Cooper was perfectly placed to force the ball home from close range to give us the lead.
Eight minutes later we'd doubled our advantage and once again it was another player opening their account in a Chelsea shirt – although that's where the comparisons between the two goals end. Riley was given far too much time and space on the right-hand area of the box and she used it to good effect, bending an unstoppable effort into the far corner.
Spurs were offering little in the attacking third, while the Blues were controlling possession in opposition territory without creating too many clear-cut chances. The best opportunity to extend our lead by the half-time time break came courtesy of Engman, who was found at the back stick but her fierce, goal-bound effort was deflected over by a desperate lunge by a defender.
We wasted little time at the start of the second half, adding to our goal tally inside a minute of the restart thanks to a tidy finish by Carney at the end of an impressive team move. The ball was knocked about quickly and accurately, culminating with our third goal as Engman slipped the ball through for the skipper to sidefoot home.
England almost made it four soon after as she was denied by an excellent stop by Gibbon, but the in-form forward didn't have to wait much longer to continue her recent rich vain of form. Having seen one header palmed onto the crossbar by the Spurs keeper, the Chelsea No15 followed up to head home it in from close range.
She scored an even better goal soon after, this time with her left foot, curling a sublime effort over Gibbon and into the far corner. It had quickly turned into a rout against our London rivals, and the travelling Blues support were loving every second of it as they brought out the full repertoire of chants.
That's it for our women's side until the new year, when we resume our Super League campaign with a game against Everton at Kingsmeadow on Sunday 6 January. Tickets for that match are free for all. After that, it will be another home match a few days later, this time in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals. The identity of our opponents will be discovered when the draw is made next week.
Tottenham Hotspur Gibbon, Green, Mclean, Hector, Baptiste (Dean 70), Schillaci (c), Wynne, Filbey, Naz, Neville (Leon 66), Haines (Addison 55)
Unused subs Morgan, Meiwald, Vyse, Wiltshire
Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Durack; Carter, Cooper, Eriksson, Riley; Asante, Bailey; Engman, Cuthbert (Spence 78), Carney (c); England
Unused subs Telford, Blundell, Bright, Ingle, Ji, Andersson
Scorers Cooper 10, Riley 18, Carney 46, England 60, 72