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Coventry U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 31.03.07

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

          FA Premier Academy League 
      The Adam Higgs Centre, Coventry
      Saturday 31st March 2007, 11.30am

       COVENTRY CITY   v    SPURS  
     (All Light Blue)    (White/Blue)
          4-4-2             4-5-1
           0(0)              2(1)

      Cameron Belford  1  Richard Stroud
        Liam Robinson  2  Adam Smith
         Chris Duggan  3  Cian Hughton
       Lee Hildreth(C) 4  Yasser Kasim
       Callum Burgess  5  Joe Martin
         Liam Francis  6  Troy Archibald-Henville
        Dean Marshall  7  David Hutton 
    Kieran Fitzharris  8  Jake Livermore(C)  
         Matthew West  9  Luke Medley
      Ange Lorougnon  10  Daniel Hutchins
        Dave Burtoft  11 Jonathan Obika

                      12  Alex Smith 
                      13  Jamie Butler
                Cain  14  Kyle Fraser-Allen
         (7) 62 Mins     (11) 69Mins
           Grandison  15  Ryan Mason
         (9) 67 Mins.    (10) 87Mins
               Jones  16  
         (6) 79 Mins
Scorers:-           Obika 35
                    Hutton 54           
Attendence:- Approx. 75
     B.Borrows      A.Inglethorpe
Referee:- S.Hutchinson

It was a warm sunny morning in the Midlands, with a little breeze to move the clouds. This re-arranged game came at a good time for the home side as they were having a good spell and Spurs also came to the match having won away at Cardiff on Wednesday, in another re-arranged game. Without teamsheets I was able to get information from a Coventry statto.

Spurs lined up with Martin and Archibald-Henville at the back, with Smith at right back, and Hughton at left. In front of them was Livermore and Kasim with Hutchins just in front of them in central midfield. Hutton provided width on the right and Obika on the left pushing up in of support Medley.

Spurs kicked off attacking the left-hand goal although the first shot came from the home side in the second minute. This was followed two minutes later by Lorougnon getting through and forcing Stroud to come out and dive on the ball. Stroud hurt his shoulder making the save and had to be replaced shortly after by young Jamie Butler for his first appearance in the senior side.

Spurs first chance came after 14 minutes when Medley was put away down the left and his centre was missed at the far post. There were not many goal attempts during the first half as the game was played mainly in the middle with few breaks due to good defensive work.

Hutchins got past Hildreth only to have his ankle tapped. Spurs were gradually getting on top especially down the right with Hutton and it was from one of those that the opening goal came. Hutton got to the line and drove the ball across the goal for Obika to turn it in at the near post from a couple of yards. Five minutes later Livermore was bundled over in the box, but the ref played on.

The Sky Blues started the second half strongly and Dalton made a good save early on, but they were leaving spaces behind them allowing Spurs to get behind with Medley firing over. The second goal came with a flowing move starting on the left with Hutchins playing in Hutton in space in the area. His angled drive across Belford nestled in the left corner of the net.

Most of the rest of the game was played in the Coventry half with a few breaks from the Sky Blues. Medley and Livermore had shots just wide and Archibald-Henville headed over a corner with Hildreth replying for the home side. Fraser-Allen came on for Obika and Alex Smith came on for Hutchins at the end.

Two wins on the road after the defeat at West Ham should put the spark back into the team. The goal for David Hutton added to the penalty he got at Cardiff in another good display on the wing. With Archibald-Henville back in good form and Medley showing good hold-up play it looks like a good run-in for the team. The only downer was the injury to Stroud, but Dalton did well.

The next Academy game is another away match at Charlton on the 14th April with a home game to finish off on the following week when they host Millwall.


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