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Spurs Game 1 2013

The 2013 Tottenham Hotspur games were held at White Hart Lane on Mon the 27th May, with Game 1 kicking off at 10am. The 1st game of the day had everything, a raft of great goals, more chances besides and even a few goal line clearances as well. Both teams were evenly matched throughout, however the Away side had the edge with some great finishing from their forwards proving the difference between the two teams. Despite ending up as the losing side the Home team never stopped fighting and they helped provide the watching fans with a thrilling encounter.

Date: Monday 27th May
Venue: White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur Home vs Tottenham Hotspur Away
Game 1
Kick Off: 10am
Match Officials: Stuart Kenworthy, Andrew Hickman & Steve Woodison

It was the Home side who got the game underway wearing the famous Lillywhite strips while the Away team wore the Black and Grey third kit. It didn’t take long for the game to see its first chance, coming via a through ball from the Away side’s No 10 John Day which found Centre Forward Ryan Wood but his resulting shot was well saved by Home Keeper Brett Sefton. Another good opportunity arrived soon after for the Away side and their No 10 John Day was involved again. When the ball was cleared away, former Goal of the Season Winner Day collected the ball 35 yards from goal, picked his head up and attempted a looping effort that was aiming for the top corner until Sefton showed great skill to tip the ball over.

With 10 minutes gone the Home side got their first opportunity of the match and unfortunately for them, it was an open goal miss. The No 9 Steve Newland picked the ball up on the left side of the box, and after squaring it across the goalmouth he almost started to celebrate. However, his celebrations were short lived because No 2 Paul McAleavey slid past the ball and the unsuspecting No 10 Joe Feerick put it just wide.

Just mins later and the Away side were gifted the first goal of the game and it fell for their most dangerous man so far, No 10 John Day. After a short kick-out from the Keeper, Day controlled the ball on his chest before releasing a 30-yard volley with the outside of his boot. The ball bounced just a yard out from the goal but Keeper Sefton completely misjudged the bounce and could only watch as the ball went over his head and into the top corner (0-1). What a goal!

Just a min later and the Away No 11 Mark Sweetlove had already secured the award for goal of the game. A great chipped pass by No 9 Ryan Wood from inside the centre circle bounced up inside the box on the right-hand side where Sweetlove was making a well timed run. He let the ball bounce up and from the tightest of angles smashed a first-time volley into the roof of the net. An outstanding goal which Spurs hero Gareth Bale would have been proud of (0-2)!

Amazingly it was to be 3 goals in as many mins for the Away side! The impressive No 10 John Day was involved yet again, playing a chipped pass from inside his own half into the box. The No 7 Paul Short attempted to reach it first but was beaten to the ball by Keeper Sefton. Unfortunately Sefton misjudged the bounce and could only get his finger-tips to the ball as it went over his head, the alert Short then headed the ball into the empty net for his team's third of the game (0-3).

With just over 20 mins gone the Home side created another golden opportunity and this time it fell for No 8 Sean McKinstry. An unbelievable cross field pass by No 10 Joe Feerick landed right in front of McKinstry after he made a great run into the box, however his left foot volley went wide of the far post.

The Away side hit back immediately though and they could have been mistaken for the Tottenham first side such was the quality of their play. Another great pass from John Day across the pitch reached Mark Sweetlove out on the right wing. Sweetlove showed great skill to turn inside No 16 Gavin Hanks and decided to attempt a curling effort with his left foot which looped over Keeper Sefton and into the bottom corner of the goal for his 2nd of the game (0-4).

The Home side were still creating some great chances despite losing by four. After a corner was cleared out, the No 9 Steve Newland volleyed it along the ground and into the box, but No 4 Mark Thompson couldn't quite turn the ball in. However, soon after it was the Away side who increased their lead further, with a well timed finish from the Right Back Tim Pearce. Some good build up play led to a lovely pass played from No 11 Sweetlove into the lung-bursting run of Pearce, who hit his shot over the Keeper and into the goal via the upright (0-5).

Pearce was enjoying a storming last 5 mins and down the other end he stopped a certain goal with a last ditch sliding tackle. A beautiful back-heel from the Home No 9 Steve Newland played his captain Dan Walters in on goal, but Pearce sprinted across to make the challenge and prevent a definite goal. Just a min later and the Home side had another great opportunity when they were awarded an indirect free-kick inside the Away side’s box. The ball was laid off for the captain Walters to smash it and although he connected well the ball ended up going high over the goal.

The half ended with the Away side well in front thanks to some fantastic finishing and a couple of unfortunate errors from the Home side. The Home side weren't out of it though and if they could improve their finishing in the 2nd half they might just be able to make the game a close contest.

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

The Home side looked determined to turn things around when they returned from the halftime break and this certainly showed in the first couple of mins. A sweet turn by Captain Walters, followed by him putting the ball through his opponent's legs, set him up for a shot on target, however his effort was well saved by Keeper Joel Holmes. However it didn’t take long for the Away side to assert their dominance on the game and crush any hopes of a Home comeback. The Away side countered with pace, allowing No 9 Ryan Wood to turn his man and leave himself clean through on goal,  and the Striker showed great skill to slot the ball into the bottom left corner for his side's 6th of the game (0-6).

It really wasn’t the Home side’s day, and this was evident after the hour mark when No 10 Joe Feerick had a clear effort on goal from the edge of the box, however his shot didn't trouble the Away Keeper, and Holmes happily watched as it went over his bar. And yet again, seconds later the Home team had another clear effort on goal from No 11 Dan Walters, and this time it landed safely into the gloves of Holmes.

However, it was the Away side who attacked next with the Nos 9, 10 and 11 combining well again. Sweetlove, who was running down the right wing, whipped in a cross which was met by the head of Ryan Wood at the back post, the No 9 headed it across goal but the sliding figure of John Day couldn't quite reach it. Even though they were well behind, the Home side kept on fighting and didn't want to concede another. This spirit was demonstrated when danger man Wood rounded Keeper Sefton and tried to slide the ball into the goal only for Right Back Paul McAleavey to come sliding in and clear it off the line.

Up the other end and the Home side were still creating chances and when the Right Mid Sam Jones’ shot was saved it fell to No 10 Joe Feerick who couldn’t quite hit the ball hard enough and it was easily scooped up by Joel Holmes. Finally, the enormous efforts of the Home team paid off, with a fine move being finished off by No 9 Steve Newland. A run down the right wing by Sam Jones ended in an excellent pass to the feet of Newland in the box, the Striker took a great first touch to get the ball out from his body, before using equally good technique to slam the ball Home (1-6).

What a great game this was turning out to be and there was plenty more action to come! An unfortunate mistake at the back by No 16 Gavin Hanks allowed in No 9 Wood whose first effort was well saved, when the ball rebounded out to the left, Wood stepped inside before taking a curling effort that evaded the Keeper only for it to be cleared off the line by the head of Gavin Hanks, fully atoning for his earlier mistake.

If the amount of action wasn’t enough for those watching then there was no need to worry. A mis-directed clearance by the Home side’s No 14 Gavin Hickmott looped up into the air and was going into the goal only for Centre Half Mark Thompson to show great awareness to clear it away for a corner. Up the other end and the Home side got a free kick just outside the box which was eventually taken by No 10 Joe Feerick. The Midfielder's well hit effort looked goal-bound until it smashed the outside of the left hand post.

With 10 mins remaining the Home side unfortunately squandered another great opportunity. A low ball across the box by No 7 Sam Jones was met by the boot of No 9 Steve Newland, but the Striker's shot went wide of the right post, much to his despair. However their pressure was rewarded mins later after a 40 yard pass from Centre Half Mark Thompson found the run of No 9 Steve Newland who squeezed the ball home to double his personal tally and reduce the deficit to 4 goals at the same time (2-6).

Unfortunately, the Away side hit back immediately to score a well created but somewhat fortunate goal. A ball in from the left wasn't met by the Keeper and it went over his head before hitting the far post. The ball bounced back up and appeared to hit Paul Short’s hand, but the claims were waved away and the No 7 cleverly turned the Defender before firing the ball into the net for his 2nd of the game (2-7).

With only mins left on the clock the Home side still had time to fit in their own contender for goal of the game. A solo run by No 7 Sam Jones from the right wing saw him go past two men before unleashing a 30-yard left foot strike that went over Keeper Holmes and into the middle of the net (3-7).

Shortly after the Referee brought to a close one of the games of the season. Although the score-line may show a one-sided match it was far from it, both sides created plenty of chances however the Away side prevailed because they managed to take the greater percentage presented to them. A late show of pride from the Home team gained them a deserved 3 goals, however overall their attacking threat wasn't quite enough to trouble the impressive Away defence. Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable match for all those Spurs fans watching and playing and both teams left the pitch to a deserved round of applause.

There was still time for an extra special surprise for the Game 1 players, with former club Captain Ledley King making an appearance to answer a Q&A session and present the post match awards.

Full time: Tottenham Hotspur Home 3 - 7 Tottenham Hotspur Away

Man of the Match Home: Gavin Hickmott
Man of the Match Away: Mark Sweetlove
Moment of the Match: Sam Jones

Home Team: Brett Sefton, Paul McAleavey, Mark Thompson, Andy Pelley, Gary O'Hagan, Sam Jones, Sean McKinstry, Steve Newland, Joe Feerick, Dan Walters (C), Gavin Hickmott, Andy Pelley, Gavin Hanks, Gary O'Hagan
Home Mascot: Grace Stratton

Away Team: Joel Holmes, Tim Pearce, Andrew Blocksage, Darren Fox (C), John Attwood, Paul Short, Neal Tappenden, Ryan Wood, John Day, Mark Sweetlove, Mark Andrews, Paul Byrne, Jody Brooks, Glenn Hattersley
Away Mascot: Joe Short