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Spurs Game 2 2011

Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Football Aid 2011 to North London on a glorious sunny day in the capital. The pitch was pristine for what was the 2nd game of the day and the conditions were perfect for football. The fans were out in force and were looking forward to what was set to be a thoroughly entertaining game.

Tuesday 24th May
Tottenham Hotspur Home vs Tottenham Hotspur Away
Kick Off: 13.00
Match Officials: Mark Mellor, Adrian Waters, Barry Kelly & Charlie Wilkinson
Legends: Mark Falco & David Kerslake

It was the Home side who would strike first with their first real chance. Only stout defending from the Away side forced the ball out for a corner. Johnson then played a short corner to Feerick whose pin point cross was met by Ben Wilkins whose downward header put his team one up. A well taken goal from the Home side but the Away team will no doubt have been disappointed to have conceded so easily from a set piece. (1-0)

Minutes later the sky blues almost levelled the match and were only denied by a fine save by Cox. Wilkinson was played through on goal, he picked his spot and fired towards the keeper’s bottom left but was kept out by a fine two handed save. There was a late flag for offside but Cox would not have known that so should be delighted by his efforts.

Football is often a cruel game and that is certainly what the Away side would be thinking moments later after Gavin Whitting latched on to a long ball from Johnson which put him one on one with the keeper. Whitting made no mistake in slotting the ball home past Hobbs as the Home side doubled their advantage. (2-0)

The Home team were on fire and looking clinical in front of goal when they struck again after fifteen minutes. Feerick would again be the provider as his pass scythed open the defence finding Paul Kilmartin. Kilmartin allowed the ball to bounce before firing it first time into the back of the net. A really well taken goal by the centre forward. (3-0). The Home side were looking deadly in front of goal. The sky blues would really need to tighten up if they were to avoid a rout.

The Away side were almost handed a way back into the match when Richards won the ball in midfield and launched a ball all of forty yards which found the feet of Wilkinson. Wilkinson had time and space but all he could do was fire the ball straight into the arms of a very grateful Cox. After twenty minutes the Away side had their keeper Hobbs to thank for keeping them in the game. Craig was allowed space to shoot at the edge of the box but his deflected shot allowed the keeper to pull off a great save, Hobbs tipping the ball round the post.

The Home side would effectively end the game as a contest just before the half hour mark. Johnson floated a terrific corner into the box which was won by their impressive Captain Craig Davidson who bulleted his header into the back of the net from 12 yards. An excellent header by the big defender but question marks will be raised about the defending by the Away side. (4-0)

Despite the Away side battling hard to get back into the game the Home team would add another with five minutes to go in the half. Reid would skip past two defenders with the ball glued to his feet before playing a neat pass to Gavin Whitting. Whitting’s first effort was well saved by Hobbs but he showed a predatory instinct by following up and smashing the rebound into the net. (5-0)

That was how the first half would end. The Home side were deservedly ahead with some clinical finishing and excellent build up play. The Away team may be entitled to feel a little hard done by the scoreline however.

Half-Time: Tottenham Hotspur Home 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur Away

The second half would start at a furious pace with both sides aiming to score. The Away side almost grabbed a well earned goal after five minutes. Sweetlove displayed some nice touches in midfield before playing a great pass to find Wilkinson in space. Wilkinson decided not be selfish and looked up, he squared the ball which found Wheeler who blasted the ball into the back of the net from three yards only for it to be ruled out for offside. Television replays were inconclusive so Sweetlove can count himself as being very unlucky not to get on the score sheet.

Despite the best efforts of the men in sky blue they couldn’t stop the rampant home side. Kilmartin received the ball on the left flank before skipping past his man. He poked the ball into the box with the outside of his boot, picking out Gavin Whitting, who stabbed the ball home from twelve yards. Whitting adding his third goal of the afternoon and his side's sixth. (6-0)

After the hour mark the Home side piled on the misery by adding their seventh of the afternoon. Wilkinson's thirty yard pass picked out Paul Kilmartin who had managed to get himself through on goal. The number 9 showed great composure and made no mistake as he picked his spot and fired past the keeper. (7-0)

The Home side were clearly not in any mood to show mercy as they notched up their eighth of the afternoon with about fifteen minutes remaining. From a corner the Home side opted to play it short. A really well worked move which involved Craig playing a neat one two with Davidson whose return pass found Craig. When everyone else thought the cross would have been the better option Tim Craig managed to squeeze the ball past the keeper's near post at a very tight angle for a very well taken goal indeed. (8-0)

Only minutes later the Home side would add another to add to their already impressive total. Craig Davidson was again in the thick of things playing a pass to Whitting before making a darting run into the box. Whitting did well to hold the ball and turn and thread a return ball for Davidson to slot home. (9-0)

The sky blue side would not give up and from the restart scored what was more than likely the goal of the game. Mark Sweetlove picked up the ball on the half way line before driving deep into opposition territory. Sweetlove’s quick run made the Home side back off and twenty five yards from goal he left fly an arrow straight shot which went in off the junction. A terrific solo goal from the captain which was applauded by both sides. (9-1)

That goal gave the Away side some confidence and they managed to add another a minute later, Wheeler did well darting down the left flank and getting into the box. He managed to pick out Jonathan Pearce who would have the easiest of tasks in firing the cut back into the net from two yards. (9-2)

Seconds later Pearce would turn provider as the Away side scored their third goal in quick succession. Dave Wilkinson would drive through the centre of the park before playing a lovely one two with Pearce. Pearce clipped the ball back into the box for Wilkinson for the man in the orange boots to lace a half volley into the back of the net from 8 yards. Would White Hart Lane be about to witness a come back of astronomical proportions? (9-3)

With only moments to go the Home side would kill off any glimmer of hope the Away side had of getting anything from the game. That man Craig Davidson was in the heart of the action once again and scored in very similar fashion to his previous goal. He played another very neat one two with Kilmartin this time before a superb finish where he fired the ball across goal into the bottom right hand corner for his hatrick. (10-3)

Even with almost no time left on the clock the Home side weren’t finished yet. They moved the ball around the edge of the box with easy short passes. Eventually the ball fell to Adam Peacock who made no mistake and lashed the ball home from 18 yards. A nice finish by the substitute in the now typical clinical style of the Home side. (11-3)

The Away team would be given another chance to add to their tally when the referee awarded a penalty. Wilkins was judged to have fouled Carter and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Rudd stepped up but could only blaze the ball over the bar. Rudd’s blushes were spared when the referee order a re-take as players had encroached on the box. This time Stephen Rudd made no mistake as he smashed the ball into the top corner. (11-4)

The referee then blew the whistle and brought proceedings to an end. The Home side ran out comfortable winners in the end, however the Away team were able to regain a great deal of pride with their late goal-haul. Above all the loyal fans who gave so much encouragement throughout, were no doubt delighted to be able to witness a huge fifteen goals!

Full-Time: Tottenham Hotspur Home 11-4 Tottenham Hotspur Away

Man of the Match Home: Craig Davidson
an of the Match Away: Dave Wilkinson
Moment of the Match: Mark Sweetlove

Home Team: Paul Cox, Martyn Oxley, Craig Davidson, Joe Feerick, Andy Reid, Tim Craig, Spencer Johnson, Paul Kilmartin, Jonathan Turner, Gavin Whitting (subs) Piers Western, Ben Wilkins, Bernard Bretagne, Adam Peacock
Manager: Mark Falcao
Mascot: Samual Reid

Away Team: Paul Hobbs, Shaun Richards, Mark Wheeler, Graham Wick, Chris Taylor, Barry Carter, Jatin Jethwa, Dave Wilkinson, Mark Sweetlove, Jack Wheeler (subs) Stephen Rudd, Mark Page, John Clough, Jonathan Pearce
Manager: David Kerslake
Mascot: Callum Wick