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Spurs Reserves v Southampton Reserves, 07.01.02

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List

       Premier Reserve League South
	  Stevenage Borough FC
        Monday 7th January 2002 7pm 

      (White/Blue)      (Black\Red)
	 4-4-2             4-4-2

	 (1)1              (2)2

	Gavin Kelly 1 Neil Moss
  Maurizio Consorti 2 Chris Baird
 Christopher Herron 3 Francis Benali
  Goran Bunjevcevic 4 Imants Bleidelis
    Paul O'Donoghue 5 Garry Monk
        John Piercy 6 Steven Gray
        George Snee 7 Kleber Chala
       Ben Bowditch 8 Ryan Ashford
        John Sutton 9 Augustin Delgado
   Yannick Kamanan 10 Scott McDonald
   David Galbraith 11 Brian Howard

        Dean Marney12 Adrian Caceres
        (11)68Mins.   (11) 63Mins.
       Shwan Jalal 13 Scott Bevan
       Mark Hughes 14 Matthew Crowell
      Ronnie Henry 15 Adam Wallace
        Mario Noto 16 Mike Williamson

Scorers - McDonald 33, Galbraith 40, Gray 44

Booked - Gray 39 late, Henry 55 pulling,

A chilled wind greeted the teams for this first match after Christmas. A light mist descended which lifted as the temperature dropped. Spurs fielded most of the youth team and the Saints had a lot of unknown players in their line-up. Spurs started with O'Donoghue and Bunjevcevic at the heart of the defence with Consorti on the right and Herron on the lest. Piercy played a captain's role running the midfield with Bowditch alongside him. Snee played wide on the right and Galbraith on the left of midfield.

Spurs started slowly not getting a shot in until Sutton's effort in the 11th minute and generally being second best to a not very good Saints side. This was probably due to the fact that they were playing good football for U-19 level but the opposition was just that bit sharper from playing at a higher level. The pace of Delgado and McDonald were causing problems and led to O'Donoghue bundling the latter over in the box to concede a penalty in the 33rd minute. McDonald fired the ball to Kelly's right to take the lead.

Gray was booked for a late tackle on Sutton which lead to the Spurs goal. Piercy floated the freekick to the far post where Sutton headed back across goal only to see it cleared off the line by a defenders diving header. From the resultant corner the ball was only cleared to Galbraith who drove the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

The visitors soon restored their lead from a free kick for a foul on Degado. McDonald curled the ball around the wall towards the far post. Kelly, at full stretch, managed to keep it out but the ball fell kindly to Gray coming in on the far side to stab it in at the second attempt.

Goran did not come out for the second half being replaced by Henry who found the pace a little quick for him as he got booked for pulling back McDonald who got past him for the third time. Delgado caught O'Donoghue with his elbow as the young Spurs began to get to grips with the visitors and began to string passes together. Sutton and Kamanan began to win the ball and test the keeper. Moss had to make good saves from Piercy, Sutton and Snee.

Calderwood took off Galbraith for Marney and changed to five in the middle. This was upset almost immediately by Delgado elbowing Herron who had to come off. Piercy dropped back to fill in, so deprived the midfield of its most effective player. This did not stop him from making a forty yard run down the wing before cutting inside and bringing another good save from Moss. Spurs had another chance cleared off the line before the end.

So Spurs' unbeaten home record fell to the Saints who completed the double over us. The next game at Stevenage is on the 21st, when no doubt Arsenal will bring a strong team as they always seem to do for us.

Ray Lo

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