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Spurs Under 19s v Charlton, 18.01.03

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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	   FA Premier Academy League, Group D
         Spurs Lodge, Luxbourgh Lane, Chigwell
              18th January 2003, 11am ko.

             (White/Blue)   (Red/White)
                 3-5-2         4-4-2
                  2(1)         0(0)
        Paul Rutherford  1 Jack Delo
            Philip Ifil  2 Charles Funna
        David Galbraith  3 Chris Nunn
            David Tyrie  4 Barry Fuller
         Ben Bowditch(C) 5 Mark Ricketts
           Danny Foster  6 Bob Thanda
            Lee Barnett  7 Lloyd Sam
            Mark Yeates  8 Karl Beckford
          Jamie Slabber  9 Alex Varney
             Mario Noto 10 Stacy Long
          Nicky Wettner 11 Michael Gordon

         Jonathan Black 12 Chris Cerroni
          (10) 78Mins      (10) 46 Mins.
           Robert Burch 13 
            Danny Perry 14 Osei Sankofa
                           (2) 46Mins.
        Michael Malcolm 15 Simon Jackson
          (7) 90+ Mins.     (4) 70 Mins.

Scorers - Slabber 44(pen), 72

Booked - Long (dissent) 45, Fuller (late) 45+

The first game at the Lodge after the Christmas break saw the senior youth side containing most of the players that played in the cup on Wednesday entertaining our south London rivals Charlton. The morning was warming up with the dew causing a slippery surface to contend with for the players in front of the small band of watchers. Spurs lined up with Bowditch in between Foster on his right and Tyrie on his left. In front of them was Barnett flanked by Yeates on the right and Wettner to his left. Ifil occupied the right wingback position with winger Galbraith on the left.

Spurs kicked off attacking the left goal and spent almost the whole of the half in the Addicks end with Rutherford having to collect one centre and a corner during this time. Delo in the visitors goal was a little more busy with efforts from Slabber, Tyrie, Barnett and Yeates with Slabber and Noto going close, before Slabber released Yeates who headed straight for goal only to be tripped for a penalty. Jamie smashed the ball to the keepers left as he went the other way. There was still time for a Slabber header just wide of the post before the end of the half.

Charlton made two changes for the second half and looked more threatening as they made a couple of chances with Foster blocking one effort from Cerroni and a couple of shots just wide with Rutherford collecting another centre. Spurs then resumed the pressure at the other end with Slabber missing a hatful of chances before Rutherford made his first save collecting an effort from Gordon who was the best of the addicks side.

Spurs made the game safe with a second just after seventy minutes when they forced a corner on the left. Yeates quickly played the ball back to Galbraith who swung it into the near post where Bowditch touched it onto the post. Slabber was the quickest to the rebound for his second of the game.

Rutherford had to come off his line to collect at the feet of Varney before making a reflex save tipping over a Tyrie clearance near the end. Yeates moved up front when Noto was taken off and Tyrie chased a long ball into the Charlton area as he found time to go forward before Malcolm came on in stoppage time to give Barnett a rest.

A good team performance with Tyrie in command at the back marshalling the defence and giving Rutherford little to do as we kept a clean sheet. We had a dominating midfield with the ever running Yeates everywhere, not in the role he played on Wednesday, and Slabber doing a good job up front, winning the ball in the air, linking up the midfield and having a lot of efforts on goal.

Next Saturday the match at the Lodge will be the U-17's who will be playing Arsenal with an 11am ko.


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