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Youth Cup 4th Round
Spurs v Swindon, 15.01.03

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	   FA Youth Cup 4th Round
       White Hart Lane, Tottenham, N17
     Wednesday 15th January 2003, 7pm ko

            SPURS V SWINDON TOWN
     (White/Blue)     (Red/White)
         3-4-1-2         4-4-2

           1(0)         0(0)

  Paul Rutherford 1 Steve Smith
      Philip Ifil 2 Danny Taylor
 Nicholas Wettner 3 Ian Oliver
      David Tyrie 4 Dave Brampton
  Danny Foster(C) 5 Luke Garrard
     Ricky Dobson 6 Chris Taylor
      Lee Barnett 7 James Hambridge
      Mark Yeates 8 Michael Pook
    Jamie Slabber 9 Mark Draycott
 Michael Malcolm 10 Jamie Cheeseman
  Jonathan Black 11 David Stroud

      Mario Noto 12 Matty Bullman 
                    (8) 90Mins.
   Nicholas Eyre 13 Kyle Lapham
    Daniel Perry 14 Aaron Salter
    Liam Francis 15 Mark Jones
      Owen Price 16 Justyn McKay
      (11)79Mins.   (7) 59Mins.

Scorer - Slabber 85 Mins.

Referee - N. Appleby
It was a mild evening with a good sized crowd for this 4th round tie. Pat Holland chose an attacking line-up for this game with captain Foster at the heart of a back line flanked by Tyrie on his right and Dobson on his left. Barnett and Black played in the centre of midfield as Ifil took the right wingback postion with wideman Wettner on the left. Man of the match Mark Yeates played behind the front two of Slabber and Malcolm as the fulcrum of the attack. Spurs kicked off attacking the Paxton road and immediately put the visitors on the defensive. Good approach play led to a few chances without many strikes at goal. Swindon came to frustrate the home side with a very well organised performance closing down quickly from the front, right to the back as they looked to stop us playing with with a mainly negative display. A lot of the Spurs play went through Yeates playing in the hole behind the strikers and despite some close marking was able to send both Slabber and Malcolm through balls as well as to the wings.

The ref was more lenient than in league games with the Robins challenges as the ball tended to escape unharmed in many tackles, but they did their job and kept the home side out. Most of the play was in the Swindon half with Slabber followed by Malcolm having efforts blocked as early as the seventh minute with Yeates, Wettner, Black and Barnett also having a go before the interval, but most attacks being halted by a solid backline. The visitors had very few forays into our box with Draycott putting one centre just wide of the post being the best.

The second half started much the same way that the first finished until just after the hour mark when Swindon won a corner on the right which prompted a spell of pressure when Draycott and Cheeseman both went close and Rutherford made his first real save. The frustrated home side started to push forward more as they looked for a way through the Robins defence with Yeates prompting and Tyrie appearing in the last third as more balls were pumped into the area but with poor final balls the defence held firm. Tyrie had a shout for a penalty and Malcolm had an effort cleared off the line.

With gaps appearing at the back Draycott lost out to Foster in a two on one situation. With time running out Foster run with the ball from deep in his own half firing just over before Holland brought Price on to provide a better service from the right side with Yeates moving to a more central position and it was from the substitute that the deadlock was broken. With five minutes to go Price took a corner from the right curled it to the near post for Jamie Slabber to nod in. The visitors pushed everybody forward in an attempt to save the game which produced a couple of close shaves before the final whistle.

The under 18's played well against a resolute defence that was not prepared to concede ground and were unlucky not to score more. I think that they could have done with the invention of Price earlier althought with his temprament, it may have been a risk against the visitors defenders. We are through to the next round with another home tie against either Crytal Palace or Notts County who play next month. One other result tonight that may interest readers was Millwall 2 Arsenal 1.

Ray

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