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Spurs U-18s v Reading U-18s, 04.10.08
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

       Premier Academy League South
       Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
    Saturday 4th October 2008, 11.06am

         SPURS     v    READING
     (All White)      (Orange/Blue)

         4-4-2           4-4-2

          1(0)            0(0)

    Oscar Jansson  1 Alex McCarthy
  Takura Mtandari  2 Rhys Tyler
     Nathan Byrne  3 Oliver Browne
      Coskun Ekim  4 Julian Kelly
Stephen Caulker(C) 5 Clovis Kamdjo(C)
    Calum Butcher  6 Baggie
     Dean Parrett  7 Jacob Walcott
       Ryan Mason  8 Gary Frewen
   Jonathan Obika  9 Kelvin Bossman
 Jonathan Bostock 10 Radoslav Vasilev
  Andros Townsend 11 Jahson Downes

     Jamie Butler 12 White
          Sam Cox 13 Locke
      Yaser Kasim 14 Patrick Cox
   Josh Nicholson 15 Taylor
                  16 Alex Stockinger

    A.Inglethorpe    E. Dolan

       Mason 47

Referee:- S. Essex

It was a chilly windy morning for this match with a good sized crowd. The wind blew in gusts from the South End and made high balls tricky to judge.

Spurs lined up with Caulker and Butcher at the back with Mtandari at right back and Nathan Byrne on the left. Ekim and Mason played in the centre of midfield with Parrett on the right side and Townsend on the left. Bostock seemed to have a free role and Obika played up front.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half and played some good passing football against a hard working Royals team that closed down quickly without being as physical as usual. There were a couple of efforts by Spurs before Mtandari forced the first save from McCarthy. Mason fired wide from a corner before Bostock saw his volley deflected just over. McCarthy then slipped coming out to collect a through ball which almost let Obika in. In stoppage time Kelly drew a save from Jansson. Most of the game had been played in the visitors half but with few chances.

Almost straight from the kick off Spurs went in front when Reading conceded a free kick just outside the area just left of centre. Despite a five man wall Mason curled it into the far side of the goal.

Reading brought on Taylor for the younger Walcott and pushed forward with Vasilev hitting the near post from five yards. Jansson had to make saves from Taylor and Vasilev before Inglethorpe sent on Kasim to strengthen the midfield.

Parrett fired over and McCarthy saved at the feet of Obika as he broke into the area. Bostock then headed just wide from a corner and McCarthy saved well from Mason. Mason then drove against the crossbar and Parrett had his effort saved. Bostock then put a chance well wide.

Reading came close to a goal when the ball was played into the near post from the left. It was knocked on by Caulker and Jansson had to react quickly to push it around the post. Obika got through again but was denied by McCarthy again for a corner which produced another fine save from McCarthy diving to his left to reach Masonís drive. In the last minutes McCarthy saved from Obika and a good strike by Byrne before Parrett put the final chance wide.

This was a good all round performance by Spurs with Reading hardly having a chance on goal and creating plenty of chances themselves. The visitors had recently beaten the gooners, but while hard to break down saw most of the play in their half. They have McCarthy to thank for keeping them in with a chance. This win keeps Spurs at the top of group B with the next game away to Leicester City. I will not be at that game as I am taking advantage of the International break to take a trip to New England. I will be at the reserve game on Monday evening at Brisbane Rd. where Portsmouth are the visitors. I should be back for the U-18ís trip to Cardiff City the following Saturday.

Ed:- I hope to be at the Academy game at Leicester next week, and to report


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