Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.
Premier Academy League - Intergroup
Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
Saturday 3rd September 2011, 11am k.o.
SPURS v WEST HAM
Jonathon Miles(C) 1 Jake Laskins
Jack Barthram 2 Jake Young
Grant Ward 3 Daniel Potts(C)
Ronnie Hawkins 4 Declan Hunt
Kevin Stewart 5 Kenzer Lee
Daniel Day 6 Leo Chambers
Freddie Champion 7 Blair Turgott
Jack Munns 8 Jack Powell
Shaquille Coulthirst9 Elliot Lee
Lee Angol 10 Kieran Sadlier
Ruban Lameiras 11 Dominic Vose
Kenneth McEvoy 12 Dymon Lebonne
Billy Granger 13 Sam Cowler
Zapatta-Caicedo 14 Taylor Miles
Dominic Ball 15 Lamar Hurley
Samuel Smith 16 Fraser Shaw
Turgott 61, 68
A. Inglethorpe N. Haycock
Referee:- C. Williams
It was a warm sunny morning for this inter group match with local rivals West Ham who have made a good start to the season winning their opening two fixtures. A good sized crowd were at the pitch side to give some atmosphere to proceedings.
Spurs lined up with Day and Stewart at the heart of the defence in front of Miles with Barthram on the right and Ward on the left. Hawkins and Munns started in the centre of midfield with Champion on the right and Lameiras on the left with Angol up front in support of Coulthirst.
Spurs defended the North end in the first half as the Hammers were quickly out of the blocks with hot shot Elliot Lee firing over. After Chambers' effort was blocked, Vose put his shot over as well. Turgott attacked down the right and when the ball came inside Powell drove the ball through a crowd of players to beat Miles to put the visitors ahead.
Hunt hurt himself with a late challenge on Munns that led to him being replaced. Munns found a foot of space to try his luck but his effort was too high. Lameiras drew a save from Larkins and Angol fired wide as Spurs looked to respond. Turgott was released through the middle but could not beat Miles as the game was played mainly in the middle third for the rest of the half with only Vose getting in a shot on target that Miles dealt with.
Inglethorpe made two changes for the start of the second half replacing both wide players with McEvoy on the right and Zapatta-Caicedo on the left. It looked as if Spurs were beginning to get more into the game when a Coulthirst effort from the left was deflected for a corner. Munns sent the corner over to the far post where Stewart headed over. Angol got into the area but his shot went into the side netting.
Turgott raced on to a long clearance and got behind the defence and beat the advancing Miles to double the Hammers' lead. Elliot Lee fired wide as did Coulthirst at the South end before a long ball caught Miles in two minds. The keeper allowed the ball to bounce and backed off to let it roll into the area so that he could pick it up but failed to account for Turgott's pace. The Irons' winger got to the ball first and toe poked it past the stranded keeper.
Hawkins took a free kick that was curled over the wall with his left foot towards the right side but Larkins was able to save diving full length. Zapatta-Caicedo drew a a save from Larkins with the ball rebounding out to Angol who could not keep his effort down. The Hammers again lauched a long ball down-field and this time Miles came out and kicked only for it to be charged down by Powell who was able to turn it in for a fourth.
Inglethorpe made his last change replacing Hawkins with Ball as the visitors were content to sit back and see out the game. Larkins saved from Angol at the expense of a corner and Zapatta-Caicedo also saw his drive deflected out for another. Coulthirst got down the left and cut back for Angol to square it to Zapatta-Caicedo but his shot was wide. Spurs kept the ball in the visitors half until the final whistle without being able to break through.
The game was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests as three goals came from long balls out of defence. West Ham's defence was better organised than ours and they took advantage of the chances that fell their way. Considering that we had no central defenders using three full backs and a striker, the Hammers' hotshot Elliot Lee did not add to his six goals.
Hawkins had a good game spreading the ball well and was unluckly not to score from his free kick. There is work to do to improve the side but there were signs today that they are getting there. I would have liked to see Coulibaly run at their defence.
Next week the Academy are away to Southampton who played Reading today and have won one and drew one so far. Spurs entertain Charlton the following week at the Lodge.
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