Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
F.A.Premier Reserve League - South
Clarence Park, St.Albans.
Tuesday 5th December 2000, k.o.7.30pm
SPURS v WEST HAM UTD
Ian Walker 1 Stephen Bywater
Ian Hillier(C) 2 Gary Charles
Anthony Gardner 3 Tommy Williams
Ciaran Toner 4 Terrell Forbes
Ramon Vega 5 Anwar Uddin
Gary Doherty 6 Stevland Angus
Simon Davies 7 Ludwig Norbert
Johnnie Jackson 8 Michael Ferrante
John Piercy 9 Gavin Holligan
Willem Korsten 10 Craig Etherington
Matthew Etherington 11 Jimmy Bullard
Neale Fenn 12 Leon Britton
Jamie Atwell 13 Billy McMahon
Mark Gower 14 Shaun Byrne
Yannick Kamanan 15 Amos Foweya
Blake Saker 16 Dean Cleaver
Booked:- Charles 45, Holligan 55, Ferrante 85
It was a warm evening with light showers on a heavy wet pitch. Around 200 people turned up to watch the last game this year. Tony Cottee was spotted amongst the crowd which included Bruce and Elaine Lewis, Paul and Greg Smith, Andy Patterson and Steve over from Boston.
The team lined up with Ramon and Doherty in the centre of the defence, Hillier at right back and Gardner at left. Toner and Jackson anchored the midfield with Davies on the right and Matty on the left. Hillier operated in a back four for most of the first half before pushing up into the wingback position during the second half. Up front we had Piercy and Korsten who both look better in the inside left position.
Spurs started the first half kicking up the slope and had a penalty appeal turned down in the first few minutes. In a very physical first half the "Hammers" took the game to Spurs having the better of the play early on before Spurs got going. On balance the "Hammers" probably shaded the first half which was very bitty due to the tackling. Both sides had chances with the "Hammers" having more on target.
The second half was better as the tackling was not so intense and both sides made changes in the search for a winner. Spurs had the better of the opening minutes with Matty having two good chances to open the scoring. Davies and Vega hit a post and Korsten had a deflected free kick pushed onto the bar as we dominated early on. West Ham got stronger as the half developed and Walker had to make a number of fine saves to keep them out.
Hughton pushed Doherty up front in the last ten minutes as the play went from end to end. In the end a draw was a fair result, we had more of the play and chances but they had more shots on target.
We end the first half of the season in fourth place some way behind the leaders Chelsea. The next game is on the 16th January when we play Coventry at St.Albans.
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