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Kettering v Spurs XI, 07.09.11
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

        Jean-Paul Marna Testimonial
           Nene Park, Northants.
    Wednesday 7th September 2011, 7.45pm

      (All Red)          (White/Blue)
        4-4-2               4-4-2

         4(2)                5(2)

         Aldi Haxhia  1 Ben Alnwick
           Sol Davis  2 Ryan Fredericks
     Djoumin Sangare  3 Horacio Cristian Olaya
      Steven Meechan  4 Dean Parrett
       Pat Noubissie  5 Jake Nicholson
          Jerel Ifil  6 William Ekong
      Moses Ashikodi  7 Cristian Ceballos
       David Bridges  8 Thomas Carroll
   Nathan Koo-Boothe  9 Cameron Lancaster
  Jean-Paul Marna(C) 10 Harry Kane(C)
         James Dance 11 Iago Falque

         George Taft 12 John Bostock
          (4)46Mins.    (4)46Mins.
         Nick Bussey 13 Jordan Archer
          (1)46Mins.    (7)74Mins.
       Jamie Clapham 14 Kevin Stewart
          (7)46Mins.    (3)57Mins. 
       Kudus Oyenuga 15 Kudus Oyenuga
        Robbie Dance 16 Jack Barthram 
         (11)46Mins.    (2)57Mins.

                     17 Alex Pritchard

       Ashikodi 5       Falque 18, 72
       Marna 11, 51     Ceballos 21, 62
       R. Dance 57      Bostock 64 

           M. Cooper    T. Sherwood

Referee:- I. Rathbone
Assistants:- T. Whenham, J. McGoldrick

Attendance:- 874
It was a cool damp evening for this friendly match for Kettering Town's long serving Striker Jean-Paul Marna. Tim Sherwood used a mixture of Academy and young players outside the first team squad. Falque made his first appearance alongside his fellow countryman Ceballos.

Spurs lined up with Alnwick in goal behind Nicholson and Ekong with Fredericks at right back and Olaya on the left. Parrett and Carroll started in the centre of midfield with Ceballos on the right flank and Falque on the left with Kane and Lancaster up front. Kudis Oyenuga started on our bench but due to lack of players was loaned to the home side.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half and as seems the way with Spurs teams, they went behind early. Falque had drawn a save from the keeper before Koo-Boothe forced Alnwick to save at the other end. A long ball over the top saw Ashikodi win the race with Ekong to drive the ball past Alnwick into the net. This was quickly followed by a second when Ashikodi got free on the right and whipped in a cross that Nicholson mis-judged allowing Marna, behind him, to volley the ball first time past the keeper.

We then had a Spanish double in reply, when Fredericks made a good run down the right before passing inside to Falque who cut inside before whipping in a shot that took a deflection off Ifil on its way into the net. This was followed shortly after with the equaliser when Kane's clever flick played in Ceballos who lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.

Haxhia saved a low drive from Ceballos before Koo-Boothe headed over from a corner. Kane played in Falque who laid the ball off to Fredericks but he fired over. Bridges drew a save from Alnwick before Ceballos saw his effort saved. Ashikodi got down the left and drove in a low shot that Alnwick could not hold and a red shirted player was able to get a foot to the loose ball first but Olaya cleared off the line. Parrett fired wide and Haxhia saved from Fredericks as the half drew to a close.

Kettering made a number of changes including the appearance of ex-spur Jamie Clapham at half time while Spurs only made one as Bostock replaced Parrett in the middle of the park.

Ceballos won a corner that he took himself, and Carroll fired over when the "Poppies" failed to clear. Marna held off Nicholson before guiding the ball past Alnwick to put the home side back in front. Alnwick had to come off his line quickly in a race for a through ball, and got there just in front of Dance but somehow lost it leaving Dance with an open goal for a 4-2 lead.

Sherwood replaced both full-backs with Barthram on the right and Stewart on the left. Oyenuga came on for Kettering replacing Marna. Spurs were now stronger defensively making a better platform for attacking. Ceballos made a run through the left channel playing a one-two with Falque finishing again with a little chip over the keeper.

Pritchard came on for Lancaster moving into the centre of midfield with Bostock moving up front. Falque nut-megged a defender on the edge of the area who then blocked his run to concede a free kick in a dangerous area. Kane distracted the keeper as Bostock struck his kick into the far corner of the net to bring the scores level again.

Ceballos hit a long diagonal ball into the far left corner for the advancing Stewart to chase. Stewart made it and turned the ball inside to Falque who jinked inside before drilling it past Bussey to put the visitors in front. Sherwood replaced Ceballos with his last sub - goalkeeper Jordan Archer. Kane fired well over before the two coaches withdrew a player each Oyenuga of Kettering and Archer for Spurs to finish the game with ten a side. Kane fired over and Pritchard had an effort that was wide as the game tailed off.

This was a good result for our young side and with the two Spaniards working well together, coming inside and switching wings, scoring a brace apiece to take the honours. Nicholson struggled a little playing in the backline instead of in front of it. Kane and Lancaster were somewhat by-passed by Falque and Ceballos up front, which should get better as they play more games. I was surprised we did not see Coulibaly play a part.


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