Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
FA Premier Academy League U-19, Group D
Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
Saturday 16th November 2002, 10.30am
SPURS v ARSENAL
Robert Burch 1 C. Holloway
Danny Foster 2 A. Bailey
Marcel McKie 3 N. Nicolau
Mark Hughes 4 A. Kamara
Ronnie Henry(C) 5 J. Hoyte
Stephen Kelly 6 R. Garry
Mario Noto 7 S. Larsson
Dean Marney 8 S. Bradley
Jamie Slabber 9 A. Birchall
Michael Malcolm 10 D. Bentley
Mark Yeates 11 M. Gordon
David Galbraith 12 A. Roberts
(7)54 Mins (10) 85 Mins
Paul Rutherford 13
Walter Thomas 14 B. Freeman
Jonathan Black 15 W. O'Sullivan
David Tyrie 16 O. Shiells
Scorers:- Bentley 43, 46, Hughes 74, Bradley 79, Marney 90
Booked - Garry 68 (foul)
Because of the afternoon clash of the first teams, this game was brought
forward half an hour. The dew still lay on the ground which was springy and
slippery from all the rain earlier in the week. The temperature was cool
but warmed up with the rising sun. There were no first team players present, but a number of the
reserves came down to watch including Les and Tim, O'Donoghue, Bortolozzo and suprisingly Lee Barnard. I also saw Calderwood and Ray Clemence.
Spurs lined up with Henry and Kelly at the back flanked by Foster on the
right and McKie on the left with Marney and Hughes in centre midfield with
Noto on the right and Yeates on the left supporting Slabber and Malcolm up
front. Spurs kicked off attacking the left goal and had the better of the
opening period in which neither goalkeeper had too much to do. Spurs'
approach play was good creating, several chances for Slabber, Malcolm,
Marney and Henry with the gooners' quick counters for Bentley, Bradley and
Birchall at the other end.
The closest we came to scoring was a Slabber header off the post before the visitors broke down the left in the 43rd minutes whipping the ball across for Bentley to fire home from 10 yards. Despite all Spurs' possession it was Arsenal who scored.
Within a minute of the second half starting the gooners had doubled the lead. Bentley received the ball with his back to goal; turned his marker and chipped Burch from the edge of the box. The home side were stunned and
allowed the opposition to take control of the game and did not look like getting back. Despite Holland bringing Galbraith on to provide width and Thomas to offer more attacking options, the well-drilled "Gunners" did not look in any danger of losing. Don Howe's voice could be heard driving them on.
Spurs won a free kick 20 yards out on the right after 74 minutes which was taken by Marney. The ball was
flighted to the far post where Hughes stooped to head past Holloway to close the gap. For a few minutes the home side were lifted and pushed forward in seach of a second which left gaps at the back. Bradley found one
as he run onto a through ball to shoot low past the advancing Burch, restoring the two goal cushion.
Spurs kept plugging away and Malcolm (who was having a hard time) was presented with the ball by the visitors but failed to beat Holloway, who smothered the ball at his feet. As the game went into stoppage time the gooners conceded a free kick in the D which Marney struck low around the wall into right hand corner of the goal. This was too late for Spurs to build on, but a little face was saved for the team.
Spurs had played well and matched their opponents well for much of the
first half before conceding the second goal. Had they scored first, things
might have been different. The younger element of the side - Noto, Yeates
and Malcolm - struggled against the more experienced visitors, but I know
that they can do better from previous games I have seen. No doubt some of
the senior players will be playing in the reserve game on Monday at
Stevenage against Charlton. There is no game at the Lodge next Saturday as
both teams will be at Leicester so I can have a lay-in.
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