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Huddersfield U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 27.08.11
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

         Premier Academy League - Intergroup
       Huddersfield University Sports Ground,
               Storthes Hall Lane. 

          Saturday 27th August 2011, 11am

     (Blue&White/White)     (All Purple)
            4-4-2               4-4-2

             2(1)                3(1)

         Lloyd Allinson   1  Jordan Archer
      Dominic Dickinson   2  Jesse Waller-Lassen
         Israel Johnson   3  Jack Barthram
            James Burke   4  Ronnie Hawkins
           Adam Field(C)  5  William Ekong
         Jordan Sinnott   6  Alex McQueen
          George Conway   7  Roman Michael-Percil
            Matt Crooks   8  Callum Tapping
       Warrick Charlton   9  Jack Munns
            Max Leonard  10  Lee Angol
               Ryan Cox  11  Shaquille Coulthirst

        Harrison Blakey  12  Frederick Champion
           (12) 62Mins.     (10)75Mins.
                         13  Billy Granger
           Josh Windass  14  Oliver Modeste
             (8) 46Mins.     (3)68Mins.
           Duane Holmes  15  Ruben Lameiras

             Leonard 15      Michael-Percil 29
             Crooks 58       Hawkins 48
                             Waller-Lassen 67 

            G. Mitchell      A. Inglethorpe
It was a sunny morning with showers for the trip up north to play our first away fixture of the season. Our opponents were Huddersfield Town who looked a big strong side. As there was no teamsheet available I apologise for any errors in my report.

Spurs lined up with Archer in goal behind Ekong and McQueen with Waller-Lassen at right back and Barthram on the left. Tapping and Hawkins started in the centre of midfield with Percil on the right flank and Coulthirst on the left. Munns was up front with Angol.

Spurs started the first half defending the south end and soon came under pressure from strong running by Leonard through the middle playing on the last man. This created an opening for Charlton to fire wide. The new pairing at the back took a little time to settle as did most of the team in what looks like becoming a trend. Archer saved from a free kick before Tapping saw his effort saved by Allinson.

When the "Terriers" attacked down the left, the defence failed to get the ball clear, allowing Leonard to drive the ball in from the right across the keeper with a long range effort. It was a well taken goal to take the lead. Archer had to make another save before Spurs responded. Tapping, supporting the attack, picked up a clearance and drew a save from the keeper. Tapping played in Percil to drill in the equaliser at the near post.

The game opened up more as Spurs began to see more of the ball and the play went from end to end as Town fired wide and Allinson saved from Munns. Angol saw his effort deflected wide for a corner. Archer made another save before watching Leonard shoot wide. Ekong made a sortie upfield unchallenged but hit his effort over. Spurs finished the half strongly with Coulthirst heading wide and Allinson saving from Hawkins' near post drive, which came out to Coulthirst who reacted quickly but could not keep the ball down.

There were no changes for the start of the second half as Spurs continued to grow stronger. Coulthirst drew a save a minute in. Spurs won a free kick just outside the right corner of the area, taken by Hawkins. He curled it into the near post, and despite taking a small deflection, beat the keeper to put Spurs in front.

Huddersfield responded with Leonard bringing a save from Archer. Spurs then worked the ball down the left before Barthram drove in a low shot that Allinson saved well. Town attacked down the left and when the ball was only half cleared, Crooks was on hand to drive low through a mass of bodies into the net to equalize.

This situation did not last for long as Spurs continued to press forward. Tapping got on the end of a cross from the left which was blocked, and Waller-Lassen, coming in at the far post, rammed it home to put the visitors ahead again. To keep the momentum Inglethorpe made two changes bringing on Modeste for Barthram and Lameiras for Hawkins. Tapping dropped back to allow Lamieras to play in a more advanced role.

McQueen carried the ball out of the back and passed to Lameiras in the left channel who took a touch before firing across the keeper who was just able to push it out. Huddersfield made two changes and Inglethorpe sent on Champion in place of Angol moving Coulthirst forward to lead the attack. Coulthirst was played through but hurried his shot which flew over the bar. Percil made a break down the right but also fired over. As time was running out Huddersfield conceded two more free kicks in dangerous areas but Munns hit both over the bar.

This was our first win of the season. The game was a little like the previous week when Everton started strongly before Spurs got going. Huddersfield did likewise. Spurs settled quicker in this game and began to string passes together earlier as Town could not keep them under pressure for long. As the game went on Spurs got stronger until it was clear that there was only going to be one winner. The home side did well to keep the score as close as they did. Ekong and McQueen took a little time to settle and counter the pace of Leonard who was the main threat and the experience of Tapping allowed Hawkins to show off his great passing ability. With good pace on the flanks the only thing missing was a better finisher a bit like the first team.

Next week the academy entertain West Ham from the other southern group at Spurs Lodge. In the past this has been a feisty fixture as they seem to have a point to prove going as far back as Mark Noble(he still does). With no first team action on Saturday a trip to the Lodge for the 11am kick off could be an option. Before that some of the Academy may be involved in the U-19 NextGen Series match against Inter Milan at Orient's ground on wednesday afternoon. It looks like the kick off is 2pm(the NextGen site says 2.30pm). I can find no imformation about tickets so it looks like a case of paying at the gate.


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