Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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FA Premier Academy League U19, Group D
Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5AB
12th October 2002, k.o. 12am
SPURS 2(1) BRISTOL CITY 1(0)
Unfortunately the secrectary who does the team sheets was away so it was a
case of spot the player, which can be difficult if you have not seen them
before. Team confirmed as follows by the Official website:-
Burch, Perry, McKie, Black, Kelly(C), Foster, Marney, Yeates,
Slabber, Noto, Wettner
The unused subs were:- Bowditch, Rutherford, Barnett, Ford.
City had former Spur Lee Gardner in their line-up with Rosenior who was
their best player as well as Simpson, Rouse and McGuire.
The morning was overcast and the pitch slippery due to early rain, but due
to the amount of added time it was getting quite sunny at the end. Because
of the international break there were no first teamers around to swell the
small band of watchers which included Paul Smith and Andy Porter.
Spurs lined up with Kelly and Foster in the centre of defence flanked by
Perry and McKie. Marney and Ford linked up in central midfield with Yeates
on the right and Wettner on the left.
City kicked off attacking the right-hand goal and in the opening minutes
the game was halted due to injury when McKie and the visitors' number 8 went
for a 50/50 ball in the centre circle resulting in a long stoppage while
both boys had treatment. Marcel played the rest of the half with torn
shorts and the other player got a yellow card.
The Robins had the better of
the opening period as they closed down the home side and put in very solid
challenges with Liam Rosenior showing strongly in the middle. Nicky Wettner
was having problems keeping his feet on the slippery grass in his bid to
get the better of Simpson but was able to get to the line to cross for
Mario Noto to head home at the far post in the 16th minute.
There were no
more goals in the half but we came close on several occasions with efforts
from Slabber, Noto, Marney Yeates and Wettner. City came close a few times
themselves as driven on by Rosenior they caused a few scares for
Rutherford. The ref added 5 minutes to the half without us adding to the
single goal which made the game look closer than it was.
We started the second half strongly moving the ball around quickly and
using Wettner down the left more often, which pushed back the City defence
giving more room in the middle third for Dean and Tim to prompt more
attacks. Wettner picked up a clearance and hit the bar from about 20yds. as
more chances fell to Slabber and Noto.
The City coach made changes in an
attempt to get back into the game and pushed up the back line from the edge
of the box. This led to our second goal as the ball was played over the top
for Jamie Slabber to run onto and shoot past the rushing keeper into the
net after 62 minutes. Jamie failed to connect to crosses from Mario as well
as both forwards having efforts ruled out for offside as we sat back a
little launching quick counters as they pushed up.
Funny incident of the
half was when the game was stopped for an injury and the ref instructed
Jamie to knock the dropped ball back to the visitors. He kicked the ball on
the bounce and it sailed back to the keeper but on hitting the ground
reared up and over him. The ref had the kick retaken with a rebuke for
With the 90 minutes up the home side tried to play out time but were
caught in possession and one of the reds' subs volleyed a consolation goal
for the visitors. The ref finally blew his whistle after 8 minutes of added
time with a scoreline that flattered the visitors but was a welcome three
points after the defeat the previous week.
Next week the U-17's entertain West Ham, while the seniors go to Norwich.
The reserves will be playing the Hammers as well during the week. With the
first team playing Bolton on sunday they should be around the Lodge while
the juniors play their game so a bit of player spotting is on the cards.
Ed's note:- I would just like to make a special mention of young Mark Yeates, who gave his usual gutsy performance in the middle for Spurs. Mark recently lost his father in tragic circumstances, and I felt he played out of his skin for the Spurs on this day. Well done, Mark
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