Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
F.A.Premier Reserve League - South
Vicarage Road, Watford
Wednesday 21st February 2001 k.o. 7.30pm
WATFORD v SPURS
Richard Lee 1 Ian Walker
Tom Neill 2 Ian Hillier
David Perpetuini 3 Andrew Burke
James Okoll 4 Ciaran Toner
Lloyd Doyley 5 Anthony Gardner
Jerel Ifil 6 Destin Makumbu
Sam Swonnell 7 John Piercy
Stephen Armstrong 8 John Jackson
Fabian Forde 9 Andy Booth
Clint Easton 10 Steven Ferguson
Lee Cook 11 Yannick Kamanan
Barrie Matthews 12 Neale Fenn
Bradley Hughes 13 James Attwell
Nick Williams 14 Maurizio Consorti
Luke Edghill 15 James Quilter
Elliott Godfrey 16 George Snee
Scorers - Kamanan 35, Ferguson 47, Okoll 83
Burke:- Dangerous play 36
Ferguson:- Kicking the ball away 50
Piercy:- Foul and abusive language 88.
It was a pleasent evening for the crowd of 399 which included listees Bruce and Elaine, Greg and Paul Smith and Jeff Richardson. David Pleat was in the Directors' box right in front of us.
Spurs lined up with Hillier in the centre of defence, Makumbu on the right and Gardner on the left. Toner and Jackson played in front of them with Piercy on the right and Burke on the left. Booth was the target up front
flanked by Ferguson and Kamanan.
Spurs had an interesting formation using Booth as the target and Ferguson and Kamanan operating down the channels. It did leave the midfield a little exposed as the Hornets pushed up their full backs onto our wingbacks in a
crowded middle third. This led to a scrappy midfield battle with little flowing football and few chances. There were lots of niggly fouls and a number of injuries. Easton had to have a bandage on his head. Booth also had
a knock to the head (all Spurs strikers seem to have it in their contract). Neill got a boot in the face which got Burke a caution for dangerous play.
Most of the attacking play in the first half came from the home side with Spurs tending to favour the more direct approach with our first corner coming after nearly half an hour. Spurs took the lead in the 35th minute
when a diagonal ball from the left found Piercy arriving at the far post. His initial shot was blocked by Lee and came back out to him. This time his shot hit the bar and rebounded to Kamanan who made no mistake. Walker had a
good game despite a few gaffs and held all the shots that came his way. (Ed - except the goal!)
Spurs by-passed the midfield more in the second half which created more chances for them and a second goal. Walker's long kick allowed Ferguson to get behind the defence and as the keeper came to meet him Ferguson nodded the ball wide of Lee to give himself a simple tap-in. This was the second game in which Walker can claim an assist for a goal.
Watford increased their work rate and pushed men forward looking to get back in and Walker had to save a number of efforts including a couple of drives from Cook. With Okoll and Ifil mopping up many of the long balls coming at them Spurs, were content to sit back allowing them to push forward, trying to hit them on the break.
Watford did not resort to long balls prefering to pass their way through the midfield. They were rewarded with a goal in the 83rd minute. A free kick was flighted to the far post where Okoll's powered header was too strong for Walker to hold.
Spurs held on, despite losing Piercy, for disputing a throw-in, to take the points. The ref seemed more concerned with petty things like correct placement of the ball for throw-ins and free kicks than with the physical nature of the tackling from both sides although he did blow-up for a lot of the pushing and other niggly things that produced
a rather stop-go game. Our next match is at St.Albans on the 6th March when we play Charlton.
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