Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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Premier Academy League
Spurs Lodge, Chigwell.
Saturday 14th September 2002, 11am ko.
SPURS V CHELSEA
(White/Blue) (All blue)
Paul Rutherford 1 Glenn Wizik
Daniel Perry 2 Dean Smith
Marcel McKie 3 Ben Hudell
Dean Marney 4 Steven Watt
Ronnie Henry(C) 5 Joel Kitamirike(C)
Ricky Dobson 6 Mauro Da Silva
Mark Yeates 7 Danny Woodards
Jonathan Black 8 Danny Jeffreys
Jamie Slabber 9 Danny Hollands
Lee Barnard 10 Mbark Moussoufa
Nicky Wettner 11 Bill Sentance
Mario Noto 12 Ian Pulman
Robert Burch 13 Danny Carr
Tim Ford 14 Anthony Grant
Lee Barnett 15 Adrian Pettigrew
16 Kevin McKinlay
Scorers - Slabber 17, Marney 73,
Booked - Marney(5) Late, Wettner(26) behind, McKie(87) Late, Barnard(90)
On an overcast gusty morning with just a group of around 30 people
gathered at the pitch for the senior youth teams game, because the first
team squad was at the lodge, a lot of staff drifted over to see a very one
sided game. Colin Calderwood was keeping an eye on the players who have
played in his reserve team. Fellow youth team players Snee, Kelly and
Sutton as well as Teddy and Gus were also spotted as was Ray
Holland's side lined up with Dobson alongside Henry at the back with Perry
on the right and McKie on the left. A midfield of Marney and Black in the
centre flanked by Yeates on the right and Wettner on the left supported
Barnard and Slabber up front. The Chelsea team had a solid back three with
Da Silva, a very impressive new signing in the middle and Watt on the left
who kept Slabber and Barnard fairly quiet.
Spurs kicked off attacking the left-hand goal pushing everybody up which
almost cost a goal as a long punt upfield found a blues player in acres of
space beating Rutherford outside the box but his centre was not converted.
After this scare spurs settled down and took control of the game. The back
line well marshalled by Henry hardly put a foot wrong and the four in
midfield outplayed the visitors five with both Wettner and Yeates getting
past the wingbacks repeatedly. They were much stronger in the challenge
than the visitors with Marney getting a caution early on for a late tackle
and both physios had to come on a few times during the game.
Yeates were creating chances down the flanks for Slabber, Barnard and
Marney with Henry missing a couple of chances from corners, one was a bad
header when free at the far post. We finally found the net in the 17th
minute when Yeates run and shot was not held by Wizik and Slabber tucked
the ball home.
The Chelsea keeper was kept busy with shots from Slabber,
Wettner, Yeates as well as Marney before the halftime whistle. The only
break he had was when Moussoufa made room for himself on the right of the
area but then wasted the chance and a quick clearance from a corner
catching the defence upfield which earned Wettner a booking as he prevented
the striker getting away. The best move of the half came from Dean Marney
when he won the ball in the centre circle, beat three men before his 20yd
drive was turned round the post by Wizik.
The second half started with Chelsea attacking more and forcing three
quick corners and Moussoufa having the miss of the game, he was unmarked at
the far post to meet a cross, but cleared the bar from six yards. Spurs
soon took charge again and with the visitors trying to push forward more
began exploiting the space created. With the wingbacks being passed almost
effortlessly by Wettner and Yeates the Chelsea back three had a lot of work
making many last ditch tackles and interceptions as Marney, and Black
joined the other two in linking up with Barnard and Slabber with deft
In the 67th minute Barnard got free on the right, and his centre
was cleared to Wettner who stepped inside and fired in off the near post
only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. The second goal came six
minutes later when Marney was released by Wettner and advanced to the edge
of the area before firing low past Wizik's right hand.
Chelsea made a
double substitution in an attempt to make some headway up front without
much success. The only down point came at the end with Barnard and Watt
tussling on the right. Following a warning from the ref the next tussle
resulted in Lee throwing his arm up to the others face. He was very lucky
to only receive a yellow.
I came away from this game thinking we had won by a bigger margin. This
was a very good game for spurs with good approach play and but for a very
solid back three of the visitors a goal fest. I lost count of the corners
won. The fact that some of the players have already played a number of
games in the reserves has toughened them up as the more physical
commitment(four bookings) paved the way to controlling this match. We shall
see how many of them will play on wednesday in the reserves at Stevenage.
Next week at the lodge the U-17 side will be playing Leicester at midday.
If you are not going to United then come along and see the new boys with
the likes Price and Malcolm.
© Ray Lo
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