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Spurs Reserves v Watford Reserves

WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2000
FA CARLING PREMIER RESERVE LEAGUE
at Clarence Park, St Albans

SPURS RESERVES 2 (2) WATFORD RESERVES 1 (1)

Spurs scorers:-

Korsten, 6
King, 34

Watford scorer:-

Miller, 42

Referee:- Mr R. James

Teams:-

Spurs (4-4-2):- Walker; Hillier (Capt.), Doherty, Thelwell, Jackson; Anderton, King, Clemence, Etherington (sub Fenn, 82); McEwen (sub Dominguez, 46), Korsten

Subs not used:- Kelly(GK); Davies, Gower

Booked:- Clemence

Watford (4-4-2):- Day; Neill (sub Williams, 70), Ifil, Panayi(Capt.), Brathwaite; Warner, Fisken, Perpetuini, Armstrong; Mansley, Miller (sub Forde, 82)

Subs not used:- Lee, Gudmundsson, Godfrey

Booked:- Mansley,

On a wet and windy night, a meagre crowd turned out to watch a very strong Spurs side pick up a much needed first win of the season. All the goals came in a first half which was dominated by Spurs, featuring some flowing football through the middle from Ledley King and Stephen Clemence. Both Etherington and McEwen had some fine runs down their respective flanks, and Darren Anderton made a comfortable return from his latest injury. He looks ready for Saturday's game at Elland Road, and I expect will even be available to Kevin Keegan after all!

Unfortunately, the play became more spasmodic in the second half, as Watford succeeded in closing us down, and tried their best to equalise, having been allowed to get back into the game before the break. Ian Walker had to make one or two good saves to keep the points secure.

Spurs took an early lead after McEwen made a good run down the right, and from his cross, Korsten picked his spot with a super left foot drive to the lower left corner of the goal. It looked like Korsten might repeat his excellent performance that he had at Vicarage Road last season for the reserves, but whilst he had several telling contributions to make, his first touch, and control were sometimes lacking. After 20 minutes, Matthew Etherington made a winning run through the middle, and after an exchange with Willem, Matthew scuffed his shot a little enabling ex-Spur Chris Day to clear with comfort.

Stephen Clemence was not impressed when McEwen wasted a chance that was set up for him, and the air was blue for a moment! McEwen was replaced by Dominguez at half time, and I am not aware of any injury. The lead was doubled on 34 minutes, when Etherington shot (this time after a return pass from Darren) and hit the bottom of the post. Ledley King was on hand to sweep up the rebound. The goal stood despite protestations about offside, flatly denied by the officials.

Ledley performed sweetly in the midfield and made an excellent pass to McEwen on the right. The ex-Dulwich man made good ground, and reached Clemence whose shot was blocked. from the counter-attack, Watford were allowed back into the game, as David Warner got to the right bye-line, and his cross was met at the back post by Charlie Miller, with Walker stranded in the middle of the goalmouth.

When Jose came on, he played in the middle, which is not his best post! but he shared right wing play with Anderton, who tended towards the inside right channel throughout the match. When Fenn replaced Etherington late in the game, Jose came over to the left wing. With 53 minutes gone, Etherington gave his marker the slip, and sent a cross low in front of goal. It reached Dominguez at the back post, but he shot wide. Etherington was in on the action again when Anderton threaded the ball to him, but unfortunately Matthew is not blessed with power.

Korsten however does have some oomph, and hit wide following good work by Jose and Darren. The biggest scare for Spurs came when Doherty stumbled and Ian Walker had to make a superb low diving save from Miller. Mansley was following up, but hit his shot high and wide. Neale Fenn made a couple of good contributions during his brief time on the pitch. One was to set up Korsten for a powerful shot into the side netting, and the second was to force a decent save, after Darren Anderton passed through the defence.

The reserves next game will be away to Charlton next Wednesday. There will also be a friendly at Stevenage on 10th October.

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