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Spurs Game 2 2012

Having already hosted the first PL Football Aid game of the season in late April, the pitch at White Hart Lane had faired well in the meantime and provided a fantastic surface for our 2nd Spurs game of the 2012 season. The players arrived in good spirits, all excited to have their chance to Live the Dream at Tottenham Hotspur’s famous ground. With the first team having enjoyed good success in both the league and the FA cup it was evident that Spurs fans were as proud as ever to call themselves fans. Having pulled on their personalised Spurs kits and shined their boots, the players made their way down the tunnel and onto the pitch with the hope to make their mark at this legendary ground.

Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Tottenham Hotspur Home vs Tottenham Hotspur Away
Kick Off: 12:15
Game 2
Legends: Gary Mabbutt and Terry Gibson
Match Officials: Graham Bellingham, James Bellingham, Paul Shea and Mark Mellor

After receiving their pre-match team talks by Managers Gary Mabbutt and Terry Gibson, both teams were fired up and ready to go and the Away team proceeded to win the toss and opted to kick off.

Both sides looked sharp and after less than 2 mins on the clock Paul Kilmartin of the Home team latched on to a delightful through ball from No 6 Paul Smith, however goalkeeper Daniel Massey did well to get down to it and deny the effort on goal. A great start from the Home team!

With both teams still trying to settle into the game the Away side pressed forward. A clever one-two between Darran Lock and Tony Hine allowed the experienced Football Aid forward to shoot from close range but Weston-Foster did well to close the angle and block the shot at his left hand post.

A strong tackle from Michael Excell gave the Home team a free kick in a prime position outside the 18 yard box. They could not capitalise on it as their short pass and cross was easily swept away by the team in Black's defence.

It was the Home team who drew first blood with 10 minutes on the clock. The ever dangerous Paul Kilmartin dodged a challenge from Lloyd Russell and drove into the box to smash a left footed shot off the cross bar and into the back of the net (1-0).

Not to be deterred by falling behind early on the Away team equalised soon after. No 11 James Gerken made a bursting run and played the ball the ball into the feet of Matt Paine. Paine took a lovely touch and turned to smash the ball into the right hand side of the goal, leaving the keeper with no hope. What an example from the Away team captain! (1-1)

The Home team immediately responded with some great play from Richard Cook who made good ground up the park and played a through ball on to Dave Wilkinson. Wilkinson drove in and his shot was almost a carbon copy of the style of his strike partner Paul Kilmartin’s previous goal. Massey learned from his previous experience and made a top class save, only for the defenders to fail to clear their lines properly allowing No 11 Paul Kilmartin to pounce on the opportunity and power the ball into the back of the net. The deadly Kilmartin was already looking for his hat trick after only 15 mins on the clock! (2-1)

The players began to settle into the game and in with 20 mins on the clock a real chance came for the Away side. Some more good work from James Gerken allowed for a clever ball over the top to be played in but No 9 Tony Hine couldn’t finish it off and he saw his effort skip past the left hand post. A let off for the Home team's defence.

Another missed opportunity followed soon after for the Away team, as James Gerken drove into the box from the right hand side of the pitch. His low ball across goal was a fraction of an inch away from the feet of No 6 Darran Lock, who despite sliding in could not get anything on it and the ball rolled out of play. What an opportunity.

The Home team responded and made good progress down the right hand side of the field, with Kilmartin slotting a delightful ball through to his strike partner in the No 9 shirt. Dave Wilkinson took a delightful touch past Martin Taylor and sneaked the ball past the goalkeeper at his near post. A great finish by Wilkinson, just before the half hour mark (3-1).

Hungry for more goals, Kilmartin sprinted down the right hand side and played the ball into the path of Wilkinson who just couldn’t find the target and the ball went past the post. It was a great opportunity to get his 2nd goal, but it went begging.

The Away team’s defence just couldn’t contain Kilmartin, who cut inside and played the ball to Dave Wilkinson just outside the box. Wilkinson did not falter on this occasion and expertly slotted the ball with the instep of his right foot into the bottom right hand corner of the net. What a strike force Wilkinson and Kilmartin were making! (4-1)

The Away team regrouped and were defending well but just couldn’t find that killer pass, if they could just see out the last 10 minutes of the half they might still be in the game.

Dale Walton couldn’t resist having a shot at goal as he found space in the middle of the park but his long range drilled effort wasn’t enough to beat Weston-Foster who saved comfortably.

The Away side saw another good chance fail to hit the back of the net, as a lovely back-heel from Tony Hine allowed James Gerken to run through on the right hand side of the box, but the No 11 couldn’t hit the target, with his effort finding the side netting. It was promising stuff from the Away team, who were desperate to stay in the game as the 1st half came to an end. 

Half-Time: Tottenham Home 4 – 1 Tottenham Away

Having had motivational half time talks from Spurs legends Gary Mabbutt and Terry Gibson, both teams were raring to go, with the Home side to take the kick off this time.

Home team manager Gary Mabbutt must have really inspired Dave Wilkinson, who smashed a shot first time after a Joe Bretagne's lay off across goal. It was a fantastic finish for his hat trick, and a great start to the 2nd half. (5-1)

The dynamic duo of Kilmartin and Wilkinson struck again after only 5 mins into the second half. Kilmartin picked up the ball at the halfway line and used his pace to get ahead of the defence. He used good awareness to look up and find Dave Wilkinson running alongside him and his ball across to Wilkinson left only a simple sliding finish to seal a fourth goal for the on fire No 9. (6-1)

The Away side's supporters finally had something to cheer about, after some excellent work down the left hand side by Darren Fox. The No 15, who did well to keep possession, played a good ball into the box leaving James Gerken to blast the ball into the roof of the net and end his side's goal drought. (6-2)

James Gerken, determined to add to his goal tally, received the ball from Michael Excell and shot from just outside the box. It was a good effort but the keeper was sharp to react and made a comfortable save, diving to his right hand side. This was a much better spell of play from the Away side.

However the Home side responded and turned defence into attack when a long ball from Weston-Foster was controlled by Alberto Di Tieri. The Italian No 7 played the ball into Kilmartin’s feet and two sublime touches allowed the Centre Forward the space to drive into the box and fire his shot into the left hand side of the goal. A fantastic finish and another hat trick for the Home team’s stunning strike force. (7-2)

Next up Tony Hine, of the Away team, had another crack at goal after some nice link up play with James Gerken. Good pressure from James Cotterill shut the space down and the attempt was easily scooped up into the arms of the Goalkeeper.

Dave Wilkinson, who was not satisfied with his 4 goals, drove on towards goal, having picked up the ball from his defence. A burst of pace allowed him space to get into the penalty area but he could not find the net as his left footed shot across goal struck the post and was swept away from danger by Adrian Alcock. It was a let off once again for the Away team's defence, as the clock reached the hour mark.

The game appeared to be taking its toll on the players as the mid-point of the 2nd half approached. Both sides were passing the ball well but couldn’t break down each others defence, leading to a slight lull in the already very high scoring match.

The next piece of action featured James Gerken of the Away side, as he saw his effort denied after having out manoeuvred Robert Davies. His shot on goal was stopped by a tremendous save from Weston-Foster who somehow managed to hold onto the ball.

Then Kilmartin looked stunned as his right footed, thunderous strike toward the bottom right hand corner of the goal was saved. It was an unbelievable stop from Goalkeeper Daniel Massey, who showed both agility and great strength to keep such a powerful effort out of the goal.

As the 75th min mark passed the Away defence looked a little tired and were caught out when Dave Wilkinson latched onto a cross into the box and took a touch past the defender before firing a shot into the back of the net. Another great goal for the striker, taking his tally to 5 for the day. (8-2)

With legs tiring at this stage a late challenge from behind by Away No 15 Darren Fox on Dave Wilkinson conceded a penalty to the Home team. Wilkinson kindly stepped back and allowed midfielder Daniel Richmond the honour, and he slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner with a powerful shot. (9-2)

The Home side made it into double figures soon after, when Joe Bretagne showed great skill and energy to press forward, skip past Adrian Alcock’s challenge and nip the ball past the keeper, with the outside of his boot into the net. It was a great individual goal and a worthy contender for Goal of the Season. (10-2)

Finally some luck went the way of the Away team, as Martin Taylor’s cross hit the hand of Kevin Barker inside the box, giving the team in Black a penalty kick. Justin Robertson stepped up to take the penalty and smashed it right down the middle into the back of the net, before celebrating in style with a ‘Klinsmann’ dive in front of the cheering crowd! (10-3)

The final whistle blew with both teams having put in a great shift, huge congratulations go to the Home side for a fantastic goal scoring performance and commiserations to the Away side who couldn’t contain the Home team's deadly attacking duo.

Full-Time: Tottenham Hotspur Home 10 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur Away

Man of the Match Home: Dave Wilkinson
Man of the Match Away: Adrian Alcock
Moment of the Match: Paul Kilmartin

Home Team: Matt Weston Foster, Richard Cook, James Cotterill, Kevin Barker, Paul Smith, Alberto Di Tieri, Jonathan Pearce, Dave Wilkinson, Daniel Richmond, Paul Kilmartin, Robert Davies (C), Andrea Senzolo, Joe Bretagne, Michael Taylor
Manager: Gary Mabbutt
Mascot: Harry Cook

Away Team: Daniel Massey, Steve Wright, Adrian Alcock, Lloyd Russell, Darran Lock, Matt Paine (C), Dale Walton, Tony Hine, Michael Excell, James Gerken, Justin Robertson, Darren Fox, Tony Brown, Martin Taylor
Manager: Terry Gibson
Mascot: Jacob Excell