Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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FA Premier Academy League, Group D
Spurs Lodge, Luxborough Lane, Chigwell
Saturday 15th March 2003, 11am ko.
SPURS v WIMBLEDON
Nicky Eyre 1 John Armand
Danny Foster 2 James Deacons
Marcel McKie 3 Dean Lewington(C)
Lee Barnett 4 Mark E'beyer
Ron Henry(C) 5 Shola Oyedele
Ricky Dobson 6 Nico Herzig
Owen Price 7 Jerome Boyce
Jonathan Black 8 Ryan Mouter
Michael Malcolm 9 Shahed Ahmed
Nicky Wettner 10 Ahmet Suleymanoglu
David Galbraith 11 Albert Jarrett
Kieran McKenna 12 Ben Harding
Tommy Forecast 13 Jamie Slater
David Hicks 14 Michael Gordon
Gareth Jenkins 15 Unknown
Liam Francis 16
Scorer - Henry 60
Booked - Ahmed(kicked ball away)68, Price(? talking back)69
It was a bright sunny morning with little wind, completely different
weather to last week, but a slight chill in the air, this making the ground
firmer and more playable. With the first team in for training for tomorrow's
game parking was heavy for the small band of watchers. Watching the game
with us after their training stint were Colin Calderwood, Hans Segers, Paul
Rutherford and Jamie Slabber. Also there, representing the FA, was Mitchell Thomas.
Spurs lined up with Henry and Dobson at the back with Foster at right back
and McKie at left. Barnett, Black and Wettner played in the centre of
midfield with Galbraith wide left. Owen "partnered" Malcolm up front in a
loose way as he played mainly wide on the right leaving Malcolm up on his
own. Wettner made breaking runs from midfield in support.
Spurs defended the left hand goal (I must think of names for the ends) and
it was soon apparent that the Wombles have the same style of play as the Wimbledon of old. They had an uncompromising defence made up of large physical lads, plus a big pair of strikers using their weight to win the ball which tended to be played long from the back. Their most skilled player was
Oyedele who actually dribbled the ball out of defence once - beating three
players. They closed down the player on the ball quickly and were strong in
the challenge fighting for every ball preventing the other side from
playing in true Wimbledon fashion. This is probably why the game produced
little to remember over the ninety minutes.
In the opening minutes Price played in Barnett down the right channel but his shot was saved at the near post. Barnett had another effort just over the bar before Price got to the
line and lifted the ball into the centre where the defenders missed it and
so did Malcolm. Malcolm was not getting anything from the centre-backs. They
were taller and heavier than him and with little space to turn or come off
them he had a quiet day without a partner to share the load. That was about it
for the first half. (Ed: I do remember a good chance for Spurs just before the break, when a cross from the left reached Price, whose shot was parried by the keeper, then Barnett's shot grazed the top of the bar)
The second half was much the same as the first with the Dons closing down
the usual source of attacks down the flanks and preventing the passing game
of Spurs. It looked like a stalemate. Then we scored! On the hour Spurs won
a corner on the right and Galbraith prepared to send over an inswinger, but
miss-hit the ball and it went in on the ground towards the near post. The ball came off a defender to Henry inside the D, and his low shot on the turn found the left corner of the net through a crowd of players.
Spurs had started to push up catching the visitors off side as they chased
the long balls but still conceded a lot of free kicks trying to prevent the
them getting away. The only real threat from the Wimbledon side was from
deadball situations and they came closest to scoring from a free kick
floated to the far post where Herzig headed onto the bar. The only other
point of note was when Ahmed kicked Dobson after the ball had gone. Having
been booked already the referee only lecturered him insted of sending him off.
Galbraith had a chance to get a second when he took a free kick from about
30 yards out as the ninety minutes was up. He curled it over the wall but
into the waiting keeper's arms.
It was a disapointing game as the visitors prevented any flowing football
and the home side were not clever enough to make space to pass the ball
around. With both Price and Galbraith having little product down the flanks,
and Malcolm without help in the middle, Spurs did not function on the day.
The group's bottom side did not really threaten during the game and should
have been punished more than just by one goal. They defended well and could
have pinched a point.
Next week the U-19's are at home to Watford who are a place above
Wimbledon in the group and should provide more of a challenge and hopefully
give us more space to play in.
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