Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.
Premier Reserve League South
Stevenage Borough FC
Tuesday 16th October 2001, 7pm
SPURS v WEST HAM UTD
Kasey Keller 1 Stephen Bywater
Ciaran Toner 2 Glen Johnson
Ben Thatcher 3 Scott Minto
Goran Bunjevcevic 4 Steve Lomas
Anthony Gardner 5 Steve Potts
Alton Thelwell 6 Hayden Foxe
John Piercy(C) 7 Adam Newton
Tim Sherwood 8 Grant McCann
Yannick Kamanan 9 Paul Kitson
Matthew Etherington 10 Svetoslav Todorov
Sergei Rebrov 11 Laurent Courtois
George Snee 12 Omer Riza
(10) 70 Mins.
Gavin Kelly 13 Billy McMahon
Paul O'Donoghue 14 Anwar U'din
Maurizio Consorti 15 Michael Ferrante
John Sutton 16 Leon Britton
(9)83 Mins (4)81 Mins
Scorers:- Kitson 5, 90, Sherwood 7,22
Booked - Thatcher 34 (high tackle),
Johnson 49 (tackle from behind)
It was a cool evening with a heavy pitch due to earlier rain but with a
quick surface. There was a good crowd due to both sides having local
support. I joined listee Paul Smith with his son Greg and friend. We spotted
Hoddle, Roeder and Jennings in the celebrity box.
The team lined up with Gardner and Thelwell at the back flanked by Toner on
the right and Thatcher on the left. Bunjevcevic in his protective mask and
Sherwood were in the centre of midfield with Piercy on the right and Etherington
on the left. Rebrov partnered Kamanan up front although he was tending to drop
The first half got off to a good start with good pressure from Spurs.
Bunjevcevic and Sherwood were spraying passes about and Matty was making runs down
the left. The "Hammers" were breaking quickly in response using the pace of
Todorov and Kitson to unsettle the defence.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 5th minute when Courtois played a diagonal ball into the centre for
Kitson to run onto. Thatcher came across to clear but decided to get out of
the way of the on-rushing Kitson leaving him to shoot past the unprotected
Keller. Spurs responded quickly with Etherington winning a corner on the
left. The corner was cleared to Sherwood on the edge of the area. He fired
low into the left corner of Bywaters' goal.
The game settled into a pattern of Spurs attacks being prompted by Bunjee and Sherwood; mainly via Etherington,
who set up chances for the the front two supported by Sherwood and Piercy.
Rebrov had half a dozen good efforts along with a few from Sherwood and one
The "Irons" midfield was forced to defend in their own half but
Kitson and Todorov were causing the back four problems with Gardner in
particular having problems with Kitson. On a number of occasions Gardner was misjudging
the flight of balls and the bounce to allow players to get behind him.
Thatcher had a mixed game containing Newton most of the time and making
forays down the line. He pulled out of challenges a couple of times which
cost us a goal and he was booked for going through a player to prevent him
breaking out of defence.
Keller was not as busy as his opposite number but had to make a couple of important stops. Spurs second goal came from a left-side corner glanced in by Sherwood at the near post. Despite the number
of chances, including a one on one chance for Matty from a great Goran
through ball, we failed to increase the score.
The second half started in similar fashion. but the style of play began
to change. More of our chances came from corners as we played more balls in
the air which suited Foxe more. Sergei was still firing in from all angles
and got his head to some of the corners that we were winning. West Ham were
getting more luck from the speed of the front two to reach balls played
through the defence. One memorable instance came from a ball played down
the left channel which Gardner miskicked to Riza. Thatcher came across to
cover but slipped as the ball was played square to Kitson on the right side who
fired across Keller. Keller, diving to cover the near post, raised his right
leg to deflect the ball away.
The speedy Riza and Britton were introduced to good effect as the "Hammers" looked to get an equaliser. It came at the end of 90 minutes from a corner which was kicked goalward for Kitson to
pounce on and score from two yards.
Overall it was probably a fair result. Despite the chances created, our
goals came from midfield. Sergei had plenty of efforts and played some
fancy back-heels but failed to score. Sherwood and Bunjevcevic showed good
accurate passing. Matty was ... Matty. The back four had a hard time
allowing Keller the chance to shine.
The next game is on Monday when the visitors are Coventry City which will
be followed by another home game against Watford the following week.
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