Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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Premier Reserve League, South
Brisbane Rd., Leyton, E10
Monday 3rd November 2008, 7pm
SPURS v WEST HAM
(All White) (Claret/Blue)
Cesar Sanchez 1 Adam Street
Paul Stalteri 2 Ryan O’Neill
Gilberto 3 Joe Widdowson
Jaques Maghoma 4 Tony Stokes(C)
Dorian Dervite(C)5 Bondz Ngala
Ricardo Rocha 6 Jordan Spence
Kyle Fraser-Allen 7 Tom Harvey
Hossam Ghaly 8 Walter Lopez
Adel Taarabt 9 Diego Tristan
K-P Boateng 10 Daniel Kearns
Charlie Daniels 11 Kyle Reid
Lee Butcher 12 Oliver Lee
Takura Mtandari 13 Peter Loveday
Daniel Hutchins 14 Matthew Fry
Yuri Berchiche 15 Anthony Edgar
David Hutton 16 Balint Bajner
17 George Grasser
C. Allen A. Dyer
Daniels 53, 59
Referee:- S. Burt
Assistants:- A. Degnarain, R. Jaye, Q. Pearsall
Attendance – 160
It was a cold rainy evening for the reserves' fourth match which saw a number of experienced players lining up to play a very inexperienced Hammers' side.
Spurs lined up with Dervite and Rocha at the back with Stalteri at right back and Gilberto on the left. Maghoma and Ghaly started in the centre of midfield with Fraser-Allen wide on the right and Daniels on the left. Boateng started in support of Taarabt up front. I say started as with no striker on the field both Boateng and Taarabt dropped into midfield with Daniels and Fraser-Allen pushing forward soon after the game had begun.
Spurs defended the south end but soon dominated the play with quick one-touch passing and plenty of movement from the midfield and forwards. Daniels' cross was met by Boateng who hit the post. Reid got down the left and crossed for Widdowson, but his effort was cleared off the line by Maghoma. Gilberto crossed for Boateng to shoot over the bar. Reid again got down the line but fired wide. Gilberto was released down the left and let loose from about 20 yards. Street failed to hold the shot and Daniels was quick to put the ball into the net only for the linesman to flag him offside. Reid wasted a free kick before Boateng had a chance which went wide. The visitors most dangerous player, Reid, had another chance in added time which he put wide.
Allen made two changes at half time with Mtandari replacing Rocha at the back and Hutton came on for Taarabt on the right wing with Fraser-Allen moving to the point of the attack. The visitors replaced the Spanish striker Tristan with U-18 striker Bajner.
Ghaly drove a loose ball in from outside the area which Street saved for a corner. Boateng then fired wide before he dispossessed Widdowson and broke clear to cross for Fraser-Allen who fired over. Hutton’s corner from the left reached Maghoma outside the far post. He lifted the ball back across the box for Boateng to head for goal. Street saved well but the ball fell to Daniels to slot home.
Reid fired over from distance before Daniels broke down the left and cut inside before shooting under the keeper into the far corner of the net to for his second goal.
Boateng had his effort deflected for a corner and Fraser-Allen had two bites before Street turned it away for another corner. Reid had another effort which he put wide. A long ball to Bajner was punched by Sanchez but only to Harvey who fired over. Reid was replaced as the Hammers pushed forward in an effort to get back into the game. Bajner headed a cross wide before he had to be stretchered off with an injury. Lopez had a header saved and then headed wide from the resultant corner. Stokes was booked when he clattered Boateng on the byline. Sanchez saved a header from Lopez in added time.
This was a good result for Spurs who showed good movement and slick passing. It was a strange formation with the two wingers up front and Ghaly and Maghoma starting deep but moving around, changing positions with Taarabt and Boateng during the first half. With both full backs pushing forward and providing crosses the lack of a proper striker kept the score down. Dervite had a quiet game as Rocha did most of the covering in the first period and Tristan did very little. He was involved more in the second half playing long balls for the wingers and Fraser-Allen to chase. N’Gala stood out in the visitors' defence and Reid was very impressive. The reserves' next game is on the 24th November when Stoke City visit Brisbane Road. The U-18 academy game on Saturday is away to Watford.
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