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Spurs U-18s v Bristol City U-18s, 08.10.11
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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           Premier Academy League  Group B
                Spurs Lodge, Chigwell 
         Saturday 8th October 2011, 12am k.o.

              SPURS     v    BRISTOL CITY
          (White/Blue)        (All Red)
              4-4-2             4-5-1

               3(1)              0(0) 

        Jonathan Miles  1 Matt Sandiford
         Jack Barthram  2 Henry Muggeridge
            Daniel Day  3 Joe Bryan
         Laste Dombaxe  4 Aaron Holloway
         William Ekong  5 Chris Abbott
     Alexander McQueen  6 Callum Wright
            Grant Ward  7 Luke Palmer
        Ronnie Hawkins  8 Bobby Medjedoub
Shaquille Coulthirst(C) 9 Shelton Gooden
            Jack Munns 10 Bobby Reid(C)
  Roman Michael-Percil 11 Giani Kapika

          Dominic Ball 12 Elan Gordon
                          (9)53Mins.
         Billy Granger 13
        Kenneth McEvoy 14 Wes Burns
           (11)54Mins.    (7)46Mins 
        Ruben Lameiras 15 Lewis Hall
            (9)78Mins.    (11)63Mins.
             Lee Angol 16 John Miles
            (8)46Mins.
                       17 Lynam Douglas

Scorers:-
    Coulthirst 41, 48
    Angol 56 

Coach:-
        A. Inglethorpe    J. Clayton
It was a chilly overcast morning for the visit of bottom team Bristol City, and although the weather was not the best for the video tapers and fans, it was a great day for a game. With no European games next week, Inglethorpe was able to field a strong side as they seek to get back to winning ways.

Spurs lined up with Miles in goal behind Ekong and McQueen, with Barthram at right back and Day on the left. Hawkins joined Dombaxe in the centre of midfield with Ward on the right flank and Michael-Percil on the left. Munns started up front in support of Coulthirst.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the North end but found the visitors' five man midfield difficult to break down allowing few chances. It took ten minutes before Dombaxe's volley was blocked for a corner. With Munns dropping deep to help create openings from the midfield, Barthram swapped places with McQueen and the wide players also swapped wings.

Coulthirst drew the first save of the match with City replying with a couple of free kicks that were off target. From a third, Abbott fired over after Spurs failed to clear. Dombaxe played in Coulthirst but his effort was saved. Sandiford also saved from Percil.

Spurs finally broke the deadlock when Coulthirst was first to reach Dombaxe's diagonal ball to the left. Shaq had to stretch for it, but flicked it goalwards and caught the keeper out as it went under his hands. Minutes later Coulthirst was well wide with another effort.

Both sides made one change for the second half. Having had a good half Hawkins was replaced by Angol who played further forward as the game was more open in the second half. Munns fired wide of the left post and the City sub Burns make a good start, getting down the right and firing a low cross that Kapika just failed to connect with.

Ward got down the left and drove in a low cross that was deflected to Coulthirst who fired it into the far corner of the net for his, and Spurs second.

The game opened up as the "Robins" looked to get a goal back which gave the Spurs midfield more room and Barthram began to make foraging runs forward. Ward's drive was deflected for a corner before Inglethorpe replaced Percil with McEvoy on the right flank. McEvoy set up the third goal. Receiving the ball in his half, he played a one-two with Coulthirst before going down the line and passing inside to Munns, who in turn squared it to Angol in the left channel. Angol drove the ball low into the left corner of the goal to make the game safe.

McEvoy made a run from deep in his own half with the ball to the edge of the City area before passing to Ward on his left only for the wide man to fire wide. Burns fired in a dipping volley that Miles tipped over the bar and Dombaxe's long range effort was saved by Sandiford. Hall played in Burns but his effort was over.

Dombaxe played a lovely through ball to McEvoy who only had the keeper to beat but instead squared it to Coulthirst. The Spurs striker (looking for his hat-trick) fired over. Bryan, having clipped McEvoy's heels a couple of times, injured himself jumping to get a high ball first and had to be taken off to leave his side with ten men.

Inglethorpe took the opportunity to replace Coulthirst with Lameiras to play in midfield with Angol moving up front. Miles saved at his near post from Muggeridge at the expense of a corner as City went looking for a goal. Sandiford saved from Dombaxe and sent Burns away for a chance that he put wide. Holloway drove a low shot in that Miles saved but could not hold. Gordon nipped in to put it into the net but the assistant referee flagged him off side. That was the last chance in the game.

This was a good win for Spurs, who had to work hard in the first half to break down a very resolute Bristol side. Once the first goal came the visitors opened up more and allowed the Spurs midfield more room. Spurs took every advantage.

The three points keep Spurs in touch with the teams above them. Next week the U-18's travel to Cardiff City for an 11 a.m kick-off. This should have been a home match but the fixtures have been reversed.

Ray

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