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Spurs U-18s v Bristol City U-18s, 02.10.10
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

       Premier Academy League, Group B
         Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex.
     Saturday 2nd October 2010, 12am k.o.

         SPURS     v     BRISTOL CITY 
      (White/Blue)        (All Red)
         4-4-2              4-4-2

          3(1)              3(3) 

    Jordan Archer  1  Lewis Carey
   Callum Tapping  2  Tom Andrews
    Kevin Stewart  3  Henry Muggeridge(C)
   Ronnie Hawkins  4  Kris Scott
    Ramil Sheriff  5  Lyham Douglas
Zane Francis-Angol 6  Danny Ball
Jesse Waller-Lassen7  Joe Lennox
       Jack Munns  8  Bobby Reid
    Kudus Oyenuga  9  Aaron Holloway
   Alex Pritchard 10  Gianni Kapika
 Laste Dombaxe(C) 11  Scott Wilson

  Rueben Lameiras 12  Luke Palmer
   Jonathon Miles 13  Matt Sandiford
    Jack Bartham  14  Callum Wright
     James Yeboah 15  Chris Abbott
       (3)75 mins
                  16  Jamal Simms

 Waller-Lassen 11     Kapika 23
       Oyenuga 48     Lennox 42
       Dombaxe 80     Holloway 43

                      Muggeridge 50(Late)

   A. Inglethorpe     J. Clayton

Referee:- J. Foley
The morning started out as warm and sunny but the clouds came over for the second half. Considering the kick-off time was there was a good sized crowd for the visitors from the West Country. I have to confess that I did not stay for the whole game as I had to get to the Lane for the Villa game so my report is for the first hour of the match.

Spurs lined up with Sheriff and Francis-Angol at the back with Tapping at right back and Stewart on the left. Hawkins and Munns started in the centre of midfield with Waller-Lassen on the right flank and Dombaxe on the left. Pritchard supported Oyenuga up front.

Spurs defended the North goal in the first half and soon began to get ther passing game flowing with Hawkins starting many attacks with a good range of passing and Waller-Lassen and Stewart providing pace on the flanks. Oyenuga had the first shot after six minutes which went wide. His next effort was saved and Dombaxe laid off the rebound to Pritchard but his shot was blocked.

Spurs took the lead when Dombaxe played a long diagonal ball out to Stewart on the left who advanced and crossed for Waller-Lassen to drill it in at the far post. Five minutes later and Waller-Lassen had another chance after being played through by Dombaxe, but this time his effort was blocked and when it came out to Hawkins he fired over. Spurs continued to dominate the game and went close to increasing their lead when Stewart got down the left and crossed to Oyenuga who helped it on to Waller-Lassen who laid the ball into the path of Pritchard but his drive was wide.

City had managed to get close to Archer's goal a few times with quick counter attacks and when Hawkins failed to prevent Reid getting down the left his cross was turned in by Kapika to draw level. Spurs continued to press and Tapping had a long range effort fly over before Oyenuga got down the left to set Dombaxe up, but the captain got under the ball and it cleared the crossbar from less than 10 yards. Hawkins picked up the ball outside the area and fired over. Then in the space of a minute Spurs lost the ball twice in the middle of the park and the Robins scored twice to go two goals clear. The first of these goals came when they intercepted a pass and lauched the ball over the back line for the pacy Lennox to run onto and slip the ball wide of Archer. The second came when a loose ball was played through the middle for Holloway to run onto. Archer forced him wide but he was able to turn back and slip the ball past the stranded keeper and two defenders on the line.

Inglethorpe made one change at half-time bringing on Barthram for Hawkins at right back with Tapping moving to the left of midfield so that Dombaxe could move inside. Spurs got a goal back inside five minutes of the restart when Munns got free on the left and set up Oyenuga for a simple finish.

Soon after Muggeridge was shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Pritchard near the halfway line during the build-up of another attack. Spurs conceded a free kick that was headed over by Kapika. Waller-Lassen played in Prichard who fired over before Pritchard was fouled as he cut across the area by Ball to win a penalty. Oyenuga grabbed the ball but saw his kick hit the left post before being cleared, Pritchard went wide from the resultant corner. Oyenuga tried to make amends by setting up Dombaxe for an effort that was saved.

City had two free kicks in quick succession. Both were taken by Scott and floated to the far post for Ball with Archer saving both headers. As I was leaving Inglethorpe made another change sending on Lameiras in place of Tapping for his first appearance at this level. I understand that Spurs kept plugging away and scored an equaliser with about ten minutes to spare. (Dombaxe - see official site report here)

From what I saw the team is gelling well as the quick one touch passing game that Inglethorpe coaches is coming together. They still make mistakes and today they were punished on two occassions. This should not stop them from playing this type of football but they will need to learn to defend better. It would help if they had a few of the more experienced players in the side to help them along. Hawkins had a very good half starting attacks but was caught out a couple of time but looks very promising.

Next week the Academy are away at Watford where I hope to see them continue to improve.


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