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Spurs Reserves v Ipswich Reserves, 14th Nov 2000

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List


     F.A.Premier Reserve League - South
         Clarence Park, St.Albans
    Tuesday 14th November 2000 k.o.7.30pm

          SPURS     v    IPSWICH TOWN
       (White/Blue)      (Blue/White)
          4-4-2             4-4-2

           2(0)              0(0)

       Ian Walker   1   Mike Salmon
    Ian Hillier(C)  2   Gary Croft
   Alton Thelwell   3   Amir Karic
     Ciaran Toner   4   Justin Miller
     Gary Doherty   5   John Scales
  Anthony Gardner   6   Manuel Thetis
     David McEwen   7   Martin Reuser
     Simon Davies   8   Ashley Nicholls
  Chris Armstrong   9   Richard Logan
   Willem Korsten  10   Neil Midgley
 Matt Etherington  11   Sean Friars

       Neale Fenn  12   Nabil Abidallah
       (10)85Mins       (8)46Mins
      Gavin Kelly  13   Tomi Neimi
                        (1)15Mins
       Mark Gower  14   Darren Ambrose
        (7)75Mins
Mauricio Consorti  15   William Snowdon
                        (4)73Mins
      Jon Jonsson  16   Darren Bent

Goals:- Korsten 65, Hillier 81

Referee:- S. Habgood

We returned to St.Albans on a cold evening with the temperature dropping, causing a layer of mist to form during the second half and giving a frosty layer to the ground. I joined Bruce and Elanie Lewis and Paul Smith in a small crowd of around two hundred. We were joined for the second half by Andy Patterson and Andy Porter came over to say hello.

Spurs lined up with Doherty and Gardner flanked by Hillier on the right and Thelwell on the left. Toner and Davies played in the centre of midfield with McEwen on the right and Etherington on the left. Korsten started behind Armo in attack.

We kicked off down the slope and created most of the chances in a fairly even first half. Matty lost out to the keeper when put through by Korsten early on. Korsten,Gardner and Armstrong had attempts which flew wide. A Doherty overhead kick sparked off a flurry of shots at the visitors' goal without reward, and McEwen put over a couple of good centres before he tangled with the keeper which led to Salmon being replaced.

Ipswich got into the game more towards the end of the half when Walker had the first real save to make from a couple of good efforts as well as having a Logan goal ruled out for offside.

The second half started with Spurs a little bit more on top having changed their formation Korsten dropped back into midfield with McEwen moving infield and Hillier pushing up leaving three at the back. We went ahead in the 65th minute from a Korsten corner. As the ball swung in from the left McEwen distracted the keeper and the ball went inside the far post. It was a goal out of nothing in a game which looked an even contest.

Ipswich pushed forward in response getting behind Hillier and forcing errors from Gardner, resulting in Walker having to make a couple of routine saves. Mark Gower came on for McEwen and Hughton pushed Korsten up front again. At the other end Toner, McEwen, Hillier and Korsten all had efforts wide of the target before Armstrong won possession wide on the left in the 81st minute. His centre was missed by Korsten but met at the far post by Hillier who blasted it in between keeper and post.

Then came the save of the night after Reuser hit a snap shot that was dipping over Walker, who stretched backwards and pushed the ball onto the bar. Fenn came on for the last five minutes as we played out time. There was still time for a flare-up betwen Hillier and Friars which if it had been a first team match would have seen the end of both players, but the ref just had a few words with them before restarting the game.

We now have two away games against Forest and Arsenal before the next home game on the 5th December when we play West Ham. The Arsenal game on the 27th November will be played at Borehamwood's ground if any of you want to go.

Ray

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