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Spurs U17s v Watford, 05.10.02

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List

     FA Premier Academy League U-17, Group D
	  Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
        Saturday 5th October 2002, 11am 

	        SPURS  v  WATFORD
            (White/Blue)  (Yellow/Black)
                4-4-2      4-4-2

                 4(1)       2(1)

         Nicholas Eyre 1 Liam Tinkler
             Phil Ifil 2 Adrian Mariappa
          Liam Francis 3 Gary Bunting
           Charlie Lee 4 Andrew Chapman
          Andrew Hodge 5 Leigh Harrington
             Tom Welch 6 Ryan Gilligan
            Owen Price 7 Chris Chase
        David Hicks(C) 8 Leon Fisher(C)
       Michael Malcolm 9 Lee Catchpole
       Andrew Barcham 10 Joel Grant
       Gareth Jenkins 11 Barney Wood

      Charlie Daniels 12 Iain Cliffe
            (11)83Min    (10)75Min.
         Michael Eade 13 
          Danny Jones 14 Gavin Chatterpaul
        Danny Stevens 15 Ricky Clark
            Joe North 16 Chris Thurston

Scorers - Grant 6, Barcham 7,70,90, Catchpole 82, Malcolm 84

Booked - none

It was a nice morning with a little wind to keep the temperature down on an overcast sky that let the sun break through for a while. A good crowd gathered to see an entertaining game of football from two fairly evenly matched sides. I was joined by Paul and Greg Smith and saw Andy Porter as well as spotting Calderwood and Kerslake.

Spurs lined up with Hodges and Welch at the back flanked by Ifil on the right and Francis on the left. Lee and Hicks played central midfield with Price on the right and Jenkins on the left. We defended the North end to our right in the first half and quickly under pressure from the visitors, mostly down the right due to good work by Chase.

The game swung from end to end as both midfields were pushing forward playing some good youth football. Both sides had chances before the first goal came from the Hornets. Chase got past Francis pulling the ball back across the goal for Grant to slot home at the far post. The lead did not last long when Barcham got on the end of a left wing cross to score at the far post.

The rest of the half was played mainly in the middle third as the defences came to grips with each other with the Watford midfield creating the opening for their strikers and the home sides front pairing bringing the midfield into attack.

The second half saw the visitors take the game to Spurs from the start with a couple of cross shots just missing the post. Their defence pushed up onto the strikers allowing much of the game to be played in the Spurs half. We held on and with Price beginning to get the ball started to push them back. Spurs took the lead from a corner following a break down the right by Price. Price took the kick from the left and Malcom headed it on for Barcham to poke home in a crowd of players.

Watford continued to push forward and were rewarded with a goal in the 82nd minute. Eyre could only push out a cross to a Watford player who played in square for Catchpole at the far post to finish easily. Jimmy Neighbour brought on Daniels for Jenkins to strengthen the centre and almost immediately it resulted in a goal. Lee won the ball in the middle and sent Malcolm away with a ball over the top. Malcolm had time to control the ball before chipping it over the on-rushing Tinkler to put us in front.

Watford began to lose heart and the home side put them under pressure for the first time. Price was getting the ball and tormenting the fullback with some fancy footwork. Barcham completed his hat-trick in the closing minutes when he netted from a centre by Price who had danced down the the right again.

This was a better team performance than the last time I saw them with the youngsters beginning to find each other with their passes and look around more. The defence is still shakey, but the midfield worked harder dropping back to cover more and the front two looked to be helping each other. Price was very quiet in the first half, not seeing much of the ball, and did not start to get involved until half way through the second half, showing a lot of skill which was probably the difference between the two sides.

Next weeks game at Spurs Lodge has the U-19's entertaining Bristol City kicking off at midday While the U-17's visit Millwall. Before that the reserves will be playing Watford at Stevenage on monday evening.


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