Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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Premier Reserve League South
Stevenage Borough FC.
Monday 7th January 2002 7pm ko.
SPURS V SOUTHAMPTON
Gavin Kelly 1 Neil Moss
Maurizio Consorti 2 Chris Baird
Christopher Herron 3 Francis Benali
Goran Bunjevcevic 4 Imants Bleidelis
Paul O'Donoghue 5 Garry Monk
John Piercy 6 Steven Gray
George Snee 7 Kleber Chala
Ben Bowditch 8 Ryan Ashford
John Sutton 9 Augustin Delgado
Yannick Kamanan 10 Scott McDonald
David Galbraith 11 Brian Howard
Dean Marney12 Adrian Caceres
(11)68Mins. (11) 63Mins.
Shwan Jalal 13 Scott Bevan
Mark Hughes 14 Matthew Crowell
Ronnie Henry 15 Adam Wallace
Mario Noto 16 Mike Williamson
Scorers - McDonald 33, Galbraith 40, Gray 44
Booked - Gray 39 late, Henry 55 pulling,
A chilled wind greeted the teams for this first match after Christmas. A
light mist descended which lifted as the temperature dropped. Spurs fielded
most of the youth team and the Saints had a lot of unknown players in their
line-up. Spurs started with O'Donoghue and Bunjecevic at the heart of the
defence with Consorti on the right and Herron on the lest. Piercy played a
captain's role running the midfield with Bowditch alongside him. Snee
played wide on the right and Galbraith on the left of midfield.
Spurs started slowly not getting a shot in until Sutton's effort in the
11th minute and generally being second best to a not very good Saints side.
This was probably due to the fact that they were playing good football for
U-19 level but the opposition was just that bit sharper from playing at a
higher level. The pace of Delgado and McDonald were causing problems and
led O'Donoghue bundling the latter over in the box to concede a penalty in
the 33rd. minute. McDonald fired the ball to Kelly's right to take the
Gray was booked for a late tackle on Sutton which lead to the Spurs
goal. Piercy floated the freekick to the far post where Sutton headed back
across goal only to see it cleared off the line by a defenders diving
header. From the resultant corner the ball was only cleared to Galbraith
who drove the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.
soon restored their lead from a freekick for a foul on Degado, McDonald
curled the ball around the wall towards the far post. Kelly, at full
stretch managed to keep it out but the ball fell kindly to Gray coming in
on the far side to stab it in at the second attempt.
Goran did not come out for the second half being replaced by Henry who
found the pace a little quick for him as he got booked for pulling back
McDonald who got past him for the third time. Delgado caught O'Donoghue
with his elbow as the young Spurs began to get to grips with the visitors
and began to string passes together. Sutton and Kamanan began to win the
ball and test the keeper. Moss had to make good saves from Piercy, Sutton
Calderwood took off Galbraith for Marney and changed to five in
the middle. This was upset almost immediately by Delgado elbowing Herron
who had to come off. Piercy dropping back to fill in so depriving the
midfield of it's most effective player. This did not stop him from making a
forty yard run down the wing before cutting inside and bringing another
good save from Moss. Spurs had another chance cleared off the line before
So Spurs unbeaten home record fell to the saints who completed the double
over us. The next game at Stevenage is on the 21st. when no doubt Arsenal
will bring a strong team as they always seem to do for us.
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