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Spurs U-18s v Norwich U-18s, 04.09.10
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

         Premier Academy League
      Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex.
  Saturday 4th September 2010, 11.00am k.o.

       SPURS     v     NORWICH CITY
    (White/Blue)      (Yellow/Green)
       4-4-2              4-4-2

        2(1)              4(1) 

  Jordan Archer  1 Jed Steer
  Jack Barthram  2 Jason Dobbs
  Francis-Angol  3 Remy Gordon
 Callum Tapping  4 Dean Florence
  Ramil Sheriff  5 George Francomb
  William Ekong  6 Cem Aytac
  Kevin Stewart  7 Josh Dawkins
     Jack Munns  8 Richard Brindley
     Coulthirst  9 Jamar Loza
Laste Dombaxe(C)10 Matthew Ball(C)
  Waller-Lassen 11 Sam Kelly

 Darren McQueen 12 Alex Stephens
      (2)46Mins    (11)70Mins
 Jonathon Miles 13 Remi Matthews
 Alex Pritchard 14 Chae Simons
     (3)46Mins     (9)81Mins
   James Yeboah 15 Reece Hall-Johnson
      (6)75Mins    (7)86Mins
                16 Harry Toffolo

Dombaxe 3, 90 pen  Loza 24
                   Dobbs 53
                   Dawkins 57, 72

Dombaxe 45+2(Late) Aytac 75(Late)
Waller-Lassen 70(Trip) 

  A. Inglethorpe   R. Martin

  A. Crysell
It was a warm cloudly morning for the visit of the "Canaries" in this inter-group fixture. I was surprised after last week's defeat to see that Inglethorpe put out almost the same team as before. Last time it was because there was a reserve XI game in the week so maybe there is another such game in the offing.

Spurs lined up with Ekong and Sheriff at the back with Barthram on the right and Francis-Angol on the left. Tapping anchored the centre of midfield with Munns alongside and Stewart started on the right with Waller-Lassen on the left. Dombaxe supported Coulthirst up front.

Spurs Attacked the South goal in the first half and Waller-Lassen soon showed that he had the beating of Dobbs on the left as he skipped past him to provide a chance for Coulthirst in the opening minute. Waller-Lassen got down the left again to provide the cross for the opening goal. This time Coulthirst failed to control the ball and it carried on into the path of Dombaxe who finished from ten yards. The early goal propelled the side forward and Coulthirst had an effort saved with Stewart firing over after being sent through by Munns pass. A good run and cross by Barthram gave Dombaxe a chance that he put wide.

The visitors began to get back into the game. Because of their better experience and physical size, they managed to close down the midfield with Dobbs getting in some hard challenges on Waller-Lassen which required the physio on one occasion. Spurs' inexperience began to show as they took unnecessary risks against a side that were quick to close the space. Under no pressure Ekong underhit an attempted backpass which Loza collected alone in the middle of the area to score past the stranded keeper. The goal gave the young Spurs side a knock to their confidence as they began to get caught in possession giving the ball away more. The visitors began to create more openings with Archer having to save from Brindley, Florence and Loza, while Steer saved from Stewart for a corner at the other end. Spurs almost scored when Coulthirst was played in and saw his close range effort saved by Steer with the ball rebounding off Francomb for a corner. Dombaxe was shown a yellow card by the ref for a late tackle on Dobbs.

Inglethorpe made two changes for the second half with both full-backs not returning. As they had both returned from injuries it may have been precautionary. Tapping dropped into the left back slot and Stewart into the right back position to allow Pritchard and McQueen to take their places in midfield. Norwich started strongly as they realised that they had the edge and pushed forward putting the defence under pressure. Dawkins moved over to the left and showed his pace to get down the flank to force a save from Archer. Kelly's corner was not cleared resulting in Aytac firing wide. This was followed with two efforts in quick succession from Loza, the first wide and the second saved for a corner.

Dawkins seized onto Munns' misplaced pass to get down the left and cross to Dobbs coming in at the far post. With the "Canaries" now singing Dobbs returned the favour by crossing from the right to the unmarked Dawkins to score at the far post. Spurs tried to respond with Pritchard firing his free kick wide and Munns' effort saved for a corner. Loza fired wide and Dawkins had a shot saved before Kelly was replaced by a defender to see the game out.

The hard working Waller-Lassen was shown a yellow card for a trip on Stephens as he tracked back on the left. A quick free kick allowed Dawkins to get free on the left and he advanced into space before beating Archer to put them 4-1 up. Gordan drove wide before the ref showed a yellow card to Aytac for a late tackle from behind on Coulthirst.

Inglethorpe made his last change by bringing Yeboah on for Ekong at the back while the visitors made their second just after. Archer saved again from Dawkins while Steer had to save from Coulthirst before Dawkins left the field to applause from the Norwich supporters. With time running out and Norwich looking to close out the game Ball took a free kick which went wide. Spurs launched one more attack down the left which came to Dombaxe on the edge of the six yard box. The defender went to ground attempting to get the ball, missed and pulled the player down to concede a penalty. Dombaxe sent the keeper the wrong way as he scored low to the right. It was only a consolation as the final whistle blew soon after.

This was Spurs second home defeat of the season - both by 4-2. The reason is easy to see as Inglethorpe has used a very young side against more experienced opposition. Norwich fielded two players over 18 with first team experience while Waller-Lassen was the most experienced player in the Spurs side. I would say that Spurs had the most skilful individuals in both games but lacked the experience to forge a strong side. In both games they were over powered by physically stronger opponents. In time they will knit together and become a good side but at the moment they need a few more experienced players to help them.

Next week the Academy travel to Charlton where I hope to report on a better result.


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