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Spurs U-18s v Leicester U-18s, 06.01.18
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

      Premier U-18 League, Southern League, 2017-18
           Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
          Saturday 6th January 2018, 11.45am

                SPURS    v    LEICESTER
            (White/Blue)      (All Blue)
               4-1-4-1         4-4-1-1

                 4(3)            4(2)

      Jonathan De Bie(C) 1  Rhys Davies
          Tariq Hinds    2  Edward Elewa-Ikpakwu
       Jamie Reynolds    3  Luke Thomas
         Jamie Bowden    4  Sammy McLeod
     Jonathan Dinzeyi    5  George Heaven
Brooklyn Lyons-Foster    6  Lukas Husek
       Rodel Richards    7  Conor Tee
    Phoenix Patterson    8  Kanya Leshabela(C)
        Reo Griffiths    9  Alassane Meite
      Dilan Markanday   10  Morgan Brown
         Rayan Clarke   11  Kairo Edwards-John

      Maxwell Statham   12  Calvin Ughelumba
     Joshua Oluwayemi   13  Jakub Stolarczyk
         Matthew Lock   14  Simran Thandi
 J'neil Lloyd-Bennett   15  Rubyn Gill
            (9)73Mins       (4)46Mins
        Paris Maghoma   16  Tyrese Shade
            (7)78Mins       (9)35Mins

      Husek 4 (o.g.) Brown 39, 41
      Markanday 17          Tee 86, 88
      Richards 24
      Patterson 54

      Reynolds 88(UGC)      McLeod 6(Late)
                            Husek 16(Holding)
                            Leshabela 78(Late)

      Scott Parker          Trevor Peake

Referee: Jon Creswick
Assistants: Luis Nunes & Anand Desai

It was a cold overcast morning for the visit of Leicester City to Hotspur Way. The game was delayed from its original time by just over 20 minutes, I think the officials were late or something. Earlier in the season Spurs lost at Belvoir Park 4-2 in the league but won there 2-1 in the cup. Last season the game at Hotspur Way was a 1-1 draw.

Spurs lined up with De Bie in goal behind Dinzeyi and Lyons-Foster with Hinds at right back and Reynolds on the left. Bowden anchored a very attacking midfield. Markanday and Patterson were ahead of him flanked by Richards on the right and Clarke on the left in support of Griffiths up front. There was a little confusion on the subs' bench indicating a late change as when the subs came on they had different numbers than on the teamsheet. Staham wore 16, Lloyd-Bennett had 17 and Maghoma had the number 15.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half and quickly got on top of the visitors with the pace and movement of the midfield taking an early lead when Reynolds got to the line and his cross was turned in by Husek. Reynolds was playing more in midfield as Spurs pushed Leicester back and he was fouled by the big McLeod who was booked for the challenge. Clarke cut in from the left and drew a save from Davies who recovered quickly to push Griffiths follow up out for a corner.

The Leicester back line tried to push up and keep a high line but when Griffiths turned Husek, the defender rugby tackled him to the ground and was the second player to go into the ref's book. Good work on the left saw Clarke play in Patterson to get round the back and pull the ball back for Markanday to fire in to double the lead.

A long ball to Edwards-John saw him play in Tee for a chance that was blocked. Spurs increased their lead when Richards ran through the heart of the "Foxes'" defence before driving low into the right corner. Leicester had to make an early change which saw them increase their threat up front but it was a long ball down the left that gave Edwards-John the opportunity to tempt Dinzeyi into a challenge that won the visitors a penalty. De Bie saved the penalty kick by Edwards-John but Brown was quickest to the loose ball to pull a goal back for the visitors. Two minutes later Brown got another when on the break he curled in from the left corner of the area. Before the break Elewa-Ikpakwu headed over from a Tee cross.

Leicester made another change for the start of the second half which saw the visitors better organised at the back and looking to press high up the pitch. This led to Tee drawing a save from De Bie before Patterson had an effort saved by Davies. With Leicester getting forward more De Bie saved a free kick by Tee before Spurs got a fourth goal. Reynolds got down the left before laying off to Patterson who hit an unstoppable shot into the far top corner.

Dinzeyi was replaced by Statham before Patterson almost repeated his goalscoring effort, but this time Davies got a hand to it and Richards' follow up was blocked. That turned out to be a very important save in the end.

Clarke had an effort saved when played in by Griffiths before Leicester pressure pushed Spurs back. Gill won a corner from De Bie's save who then saved from Edwards-John's effort from that corner. Thandi had an effort blocked cutting in from the right before Spurs replaced Griffiths with Lloyd-Bennett who went to the right to allow Richards to move into the centre.

Lloyd-Bennett made a good run down the right before seeing his effort cleared off the line by Heaven, but Leicester were pushing forward more as Spurs dropped deeper. Leshabela was booked for a late tackle on Patterson who needed attention before continuing and Spurs made their last change taking off Richards for Maghoma to strengthen the midfield.

Patterson fired wide before late pressure from the visitors saw them pull level. First Tee collected a cross to turn and fire in and then two minutes later he got in down the right and scored from a tight angle deflecting off a Spurs defender on the way. Leicester were keen to get on with it as they looked for a winner with Reynolds booked for holding onto the ball. In the last minute Brown fired over and in added time Husek headed over at a corner.

This was the second 4-4 draw in a row as Chelsea came back to get a draw in our last game. In both games Spurs should have won but buckled under late pressure. They started with an attacking line-up but were not able to strengthen the defence when Leicester began to press. The League Cup game against Liverpool next Wednesday may have had something to do with team selection today and the substitutions. One good thing was the news that the game at Norwich on the following Saturday has been called off for the "Canaries'" FAYC game against Barnsley. Spurs will be playing Bournemouth in the Youth Cup on the 16th so the break suits Spurs as well.


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