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Enfield Town v Spurs XI, 23.07.18
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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           Pre-season Friendly
    Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, Enfield
       Monday 23rd July 2018, 7.30pm

     ENFIELD TOWN     V     SPURS XI
     (White/Blue)          (All Blue)
        4-2-3-1              4-1-4-1

          1(0)                 2(1)

Enfield Town: Wright; Parcell(McLean 61), Sutton(Empson 82), Johnson(Hockney 71), Olomowewe(12); Rumens, Blackman(C); Taaffe, Bricknell(Hope 71), Davison; Sayoud(18)

Scorer: Adams 77

Tottenham: Freeman(De Bie 46); Hinds(Okedina 46), Statham(Hinds 71), Dinzeyi, Ogilvie(C); Duncan(Bowden 46); Edwards, Roles(Markanday 46), Harrison (Maghoma 46), S. Shashoua; Tracey(Parrott 61)

Unused Sub:- Oluwayemi

Scorer: Edwards 17 (pen), 55 (pen)

Booked: Maghoma 66 (dissent)

Attendance: 732

Referee: Chris Bodell
Assistants: James Morris & Grant Mathias
Fourth Official: Nick Ryder

Edwards on the spot - twice!

Spurs' development squad travelled to local side Enfield Town for their first public appearance of the new season. Spurs opened the venue back in 2011 when the home side won 2-1. With a number of the more senior squad players going with the first team to America tonight's squad was rich with academy players. The hosts had a lot of trialists on the bench who did not have a number on their shirt which created identification problems when the changes were made during the second half. Being a hot evening there was a water break during the first half.

Spurs lined up with Freeman in goal behind Statham and Dinzeyi with Hinds at right back and Ogilvie on the left. Duncan played in front of them with Harrison and Roles ahead of him flanked by Edwards on the right and Shashoua on the left in a diamond to support Tracey up front.

Spurs defended the South end with the sun at their backs and took a little while to settle in as they were not used to the physical challenges of non-league football expecting free kicks when dumped on the floor. In the opening minute Sayoud was sent away down the left and forced a save from Freeman. As they settled Spurs won a free kick 20 yards out in a fairly central position when Tracey was bundled over. Harrison took it but hit it over.

The tricky footwork of Shashoua and Edwards began to trouble the home defence and when Shashoua played in Edwards on the left he was fouled for a penalty. The young England player took the kick himself and scored to the keeper's right as he went the other way. Spurs' midfield began to take charge with Tracey twice close to reaching the final ball. Sayoud had another chance that he put into the side netting before a break for water.

When play re-started Edwards cut in from the right playing the ball into Tracey who laid it off to Shashoua outside him for a chance that was blocked. Shashoua did draw a save before Bricknell fired wide following a corner. Rumens also had a chance that he hit over following another corner. Enfield almost equalised from a corner that Bricknell back-headed at the near post. Freeman got a half block which allowed the ball to be cleared off the line. That clearance allowed Spurs to go in at half-time in front.

Spurs made five changes for the start of the second half beginning with De Bie replacing Freeman in goal. Hinds was replaced by Okedina who went into the back four with Statham moving to right back. Bowden replaced Duncan as the defensive midfield anchor while Harrison and Roles were replaced by Maghoma and Markanday respectively.

Markanday went to the right flank to allow Edwards to come inside in a flatter midfield four. Spurs continued to have the better of the play with Shashoua winning a corner when his effort was blocked. The hosts began to make changes themselves pushing more players forward. This allowed Spurs to counter with Markanday making runs from his own half.

Edwards made a run out of his own half before exchanging passes with Markanday to get into the six yard box where Wright fouled him to concede another penalty. Again Edwards took it sending Wright the wrong way going to the keeper's left. Maghoma drew a save before Bricknell set up a chance that De Bie saved at the other end. De Bie saved Olomowewe's header as the game became end to end.

Tracey gave way to Parrott before Maghoma picked up the only yellow of the match when he was adjudged to have committed a foul on Bricknell and he kicked the ball away in disgust. Town made a lot more changes with Hinds coming back on for Spurs to replace Statham at right back. The home side pulled a goal back when Adams' dipping volley went in under the bar at the far post. Edwards came close to his hat trick when he advanced to the edge of the area and his dipping volley came back off the crossbar. A long clearance by Ogilvie was not dealt with by the Enfield defender allowing Parrott a chance which he put wide.

Parrott played in Markanday for a chance that was saved before he again fired wide of the far post when played in by Shashoua. Those misses almost proved costly as in added time Hockney got in on the right but De Bie pushed his effort wide of the far post for a corner. The young Belgian stopper caught the corner when it came in to see out the game for a Spurs win.

This was a good workout for our development squad. There is an U-21 tournament at the end of the week in France, and it is likely that most of these players will go.

Ray

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