Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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Broadfield Stadium, Crawley, Sussex
Tuesday 22th July 2008, 7.45pm
CRAWLEY TOWN v SPURS XI
(All Red) (White/Blue)
Nicky Morgan 1 Lee Butcher
Glenn Wilson 2 Takura Mtandari
Jake Wright 3 Cian Hughton
Bradley Thomas 4 Daniel Hutchins
Chris Giles 5 Dorian Dervite(C)
Weatherstone(C) 6 Calum Butcher
Danny Forrest 7 David Hutton
Isaiah Rankin 8 Charlie Daniels
Jamie Cook 9 Andy Barcham
Thomas Pinault 10 Ryan Mason
Lewis Killeen 11 Jonathan Obika
Dannie Bulman 12 James Dalton
13 Yuri Berchiche
Jamie Stevens 14 Alex Olsen
Samuel Rents 15 Kyle Fraser-Allen
Nick Carter 16 Adam Smith
Mithun Nayee 17
Simon Rayner 22
Rankin 24 Barcham 51
Cook 32, 85
Killeen 60, 81
(pulled back player)
S. Evans C. Allen
Ref:- F. Graham
Assistants:- W. Atkin, D. Buck, C. Brook
Attendance :- Approx 2,000
It was a pleasant evening with a good sized crowd for the second game in Clive Allenís preparations. Crawley are a step up on last weeks opponents St. Albans. Last season Spurs played Crawley and came away with a 3-2 victory. Six of tonightís players took part in that game with only four from Crawley. As with last weeks game Clive had only a small squad of players to pick from. Charlie Daniels back from a trial at Millwall was included in a Spurs shirt for the first time in a year. Dervite was handed the captains armband as he lined up alongside Butcher at the back with Mtandari at right back and Hughton on the left. Daniels joined Hutchins in the middle of the park with Hutton wide on the right and Obika on the left. Mason started behind Barcham up front.
Spurs defended the North end in the first half and soon came under pressure from the fast raiding home side. Spurs were slow to get going and found they had little time to dwell on the ball as the home side closed them down quickly and moved the off the ball before sending the ball forward quickly.
First chance fell to Crawley after five minutes when Cook got round the far side and shot low. Butcher got down to block and also saved the follow up drive from Forrest. Killeen fired over before Hutton drew a save from Morgan as he broke into the box. Killeen again put an effort over before having a shot turned away for a corner. Butcher saved Giles header from the corner. Spurs got the ball in the net from a free kick, but Butcher was adjudged to have fouled the keeper. Thomas then hit the crossbar before Barcham broke down the left and pulled the ball back to Daniels who lifted it over the goal.
Spurs were made to pay for that miss when a long ball over the top found Rankin clear with only Butcher to beat and he fired home. Barcham made another run down the left pulled it back for Daniels who laid it square for Hutchins to drive just wide. Crawley increased their lead when the ball was crossed from the left which Hughton failed to clear at the far post leaving Cook with a simple finish. Obika got to a long ball ahead of Wilson who pulled him back as he was in the clear with just the keeper. Wilson received a yellow card for the foul. From the free kick Daniels put the ball over. Mason drove in a loose ball which Morgan saved. Mason was not getting much change out of the defenders which must have frustrated him as the referee called Dervite over and had a word to him about his conduct.
Allen made changes at the interval bringing on all his outfield substitutes. Smith went to right back in place of Mtandari, Berchiche replaced Butcher in the middle, Fraser-Allen took the place of Obika on the left wing and Olsen replaced Mason up front.
Killeen forced Butcher into a save in the opening minute as Crawley kept up the pressure. Barcham dispossessed Thomas and run into the area passed the keeper but Thomas recovered to block as he turned the ball towards the net. Andy was not going to be denied and when Butcher failed to hold a cross the ball was cleared up field by Hughton it dropped for him just inside the Crawley half. Barcham slipped his marker and ran into the box before curling the ball round the advancing keeper. Sadly it did not spark a comeback as Killeen found space in the area to drive low past Butcher.
Spurs briefly threatened when Hutchins put a chance over and Smith went wide. When Spurs failed to clear a cross from the right Wilson hit a weak drive from the edge of the area through a crowd of players and into the net as Butcher saw it late. Cook got clear and drew Butcher out of his area before seeing his shot cleared off the line by Smith. Smith showed a lot of pace in a couple of runs from deep which troubled the home defence but they shut the door on him.
Dervite threw caution to the wind and began to carry the ball out of defence more and was caught out of position when he lost the ball and it was played over the top to Killeen who made no mistake to increase the lead. After Daniels fired over, the home side made it six when another cross was not cleared and Cook collected it on the far side of the area and fired home. That was his last touch of the ball as he was replaced right after. Berchiche had an effort over the bar and the hard working Barcham saw his 18 yard drive blocked. The last substitute Nayee had the last chance of the game with a low shot that Butcher saved at the near post.
This was not a good performance from the Spurs youngsters who were knocked out of their stride by the home side. The lack of choice of players did not help as some players that will be in the reserve side were out in Spain and others have gone on loan. Daniels looked out of touch with his team-mates which is no surprise as he has not seen them for a year, and is in the shop window. They will need to improve as the next two games are against tougher opposition.
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