Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
F.A.Premier Reserve League - South
Clarence Park, St.Albans
Tuesday 13th February 2001 k.o.7.30pm
SPURS v WIMBLEDON
Ian Walker 1 Paul Heald
Ian Hillier(C)2 Paul Shepherd
Anthony Gardner 3 Des Byrne
Simon Davies 4 Craig Lewington
Alton Thelwell 5 Samuel Okikiolu
Destin Makumbu 6 Mikele Leigertwood
John Piercy 7 Lionel Morgan
Johnnie Jackson 8 Alex Tapp
Yannick Kamanan 9 Paul Robinson
Willem Korsten 10 Joel McAnuff
Matthew Etherington 11 Neil Jenkins
Les Ferdinand 12 Mehmet Unal
Jamie Attwell 13 Shane Gore
Steffen Iversen 14 Stephen O'Flynn
Ciaran Toner 15 Sam Sloma
Steve Ferguson 16 Wade Small
Scorers - Korsten 48 (pen), Hillier 49, Ferdinand 90
Bookings - Byrne 55 late tackle, O'Flynn 87 high tackle
It was a cold evening, but dry with the temperature dropping as the evening progressed. The pitch was still heavy from rain the day before. There was a good sized crowd for our first home game this year as I joined Bruce and Elaine Lewis, Paul Smith, Andy Porter and "Wyart Lane". The official site promised Carr and Armstrong, but we still had THREE strikers on the bench as Chris Hughton fielded a young side with three U-19 and a further two on the bench.
Spurs lined up with a back three of Makumbu, Thelwell and Gardner, Hillier and Etherington as wing backs, Davies and Jackson holding the centre and Piecy as the attacking threat in support of the front two.
The first half was very scrappy as the Dons played their usual spoiling game, closing down quickly and forcing errors. With no time on the ball, Spurs created very little. Chances were few with the first falling to
Wimbledon after 10 minutes. Spurs' first came ten minutes later with Piercy's shot saved by Heald. Piercy had a couple more efforts as did Korsten and Kamanan. Hillier had a shot just wide from a good position and Davies (whose shooting is becoming like Freund) also missed.
The second half started like the first until Korsten was played through in the 48th minute. He passed inside to Piercy who was brought down for a penalty. Korsten put the ball into the bottom left corner with the keeper
going the wrong way.
A minute later it was two. Piercy found Etherington on the left who ran down the line drawing four defenders before
crossing to the far post for Hillier to shoot in from 8 yards.
Spurs now started to dominate and brought on Ferdinand and Iversen for their first run-out after long injuries. The first touch by Les was a 20 yard drive which was held by the keeper. Les and Steffen both had a couple more shots including a lovely shot on the turn by Iversen from 20 yards which was pushed over by Heald.
Wimbledon could not match the experience of Ferdinand and Iversen which showed in the final minute when Walker came out of his area and cleared to Korsten deep in the visitors' half. He laid the ball inside for Les to volley home from the edge of the box.
After a shaky start we came good and it was good experience for the younger players facing a team that would not let them dictate the play, making them work for the result which their superior skills deserved. Next week we are away at Watford before returning to St. Albans on the 6th March for the last game there this season when we play Charlton Atheltic.
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