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Spurs Game 2 2015

The playing conditions were still perfect when the Tottenham players proudly marched out of the tunnel for our 2nd game of the day at White Hart Lane. The watching fans gave them a rousing welcome and ‘spurred’ on by their cheers the players went on to serve up a feast of entertainment. The Away team’s younger legs told in the end and they ran out convincing 3-11 winners, however the Home team gave it their all and played their part in what was a hugely exciting game.  

Date: Sunday 24th May 2015
Venue: White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur (Home) vs Tottenham Hotspur (Away)
Game 2
Kick Off: 14:30 pm
Legends/Managers: Steven Slade & Micky Hazard
Match Officials: Steve Worsley, Charlie Wilkinson, Stuart Kenworthy & Gavin Holleran

The Spurs Home team won the toss and elected to kick off playing from left to right, however it was the Away team who started the brighter of the two sides with their Legend Steven Slade firing a shot just over the bar from outside the area within the 1st couple of mins.

However it didn’t take long for the team in Black to open the scoring! With 6mins on the clock Emilio Di Stasio showed great awareness to set Steven Slade free on the left side of the area, the Spurs Legend looked up and squared the ball to Matt Gibbs whose well struck 1st time effort just made its way into the net, despite a great attempt to save it from Home keeper Stewart Cox (0-1).

The Away team doubled their just 6mins later, Francesco Longo played the ball inside to Mark Beare and when the midfielder played a dangerous looking cross into the area the luckless Home No 14 Robert Bessell’s attempted clearance deflected the ball up and over his keeper and into his own net….(0-2).  

The Away team were full of confidence now and poured forward in numbers, however the Home team almost hit them on the break with a great piece of skill from Lee Dubois, the No 8 collected the ball on the halfway line and turned his man before looking up and attempting an audacious chip from fully 45 yards, the ball looked goal-bound until the back pedalling Carl Rye pulled off a tremendous save to deny him!

The Away team responded immediately and when there was a slight bit of confusion between Home No 4 Stephen Latham and keeper Stewart Cox, Glenn Barnard pounced on the ball and expertly lobbed the ball into the empty net from the edge of the area (0-3).

Unfortunately for the Home team things were to get worse on 23mins. After the Home defence had stopped an Away attack in its tracks, the lively Francesco Longo picked up the ball and fired an unstoppable swerving shot from 25 yards past the diving Stewart Cox (0-4).

The Home team got themselves on the score-sheet on 26mins though. Home No 15 James Dimmock showed great desire to win the ball with a sliding tackle in midfield, he looked up and spotted striker Campodonico Nicolo' in acres of space and found him with a perfect through ball, the No 9’s shot was brilliantly saved by Carl Rye initially, however he pounced on the rebound and fired the ball into the net at the 2nd time of asking (1-4).

However the Away team responded brilliantly forcing a corner on the right, when it was cleared to the edge of the area defender Robert Moss was in the right place to smash a volley on target, and the ball flew into the net after a deflection from a Home defender (1-5). After 29mins the Away side looked well in command of the game.

The Home team weren’t lying down though and they hit back on 36mins. Robert Davies set Lee Dubois free on the right with a quick through ball and the left midfielder powered into the box and fired in a curling effort that Away keeper Rye did well to save, however Campodonico Nicolo' was on hand to fire home from inside the area for his 2nd goal of the game (2-5).

The Away team responded almost immediately though to increase their advantage to 4 goals again. Glenn Barnard did brilliantly on the left to beat his full-back and he looked up and played an inch perfect cross for John Day, the No 9 made no mistake, firing home from 12 yards (2-6).

Back came the Home team and they narrowed the gap again on 43mins! Great inter-play between Davies and Dubois created space for the No 8 to look up and find Campodonico Nicolo' charging towards the goal, the clinical No 9 took one toucj to control the ball before expertly lobbing the ball over the keeper and into the net (3-6).

There was just time for Away keeper Carl Rye to deny Lee Dubois with another fine save, before the ref’s whistle brought an action packed 1st half to a close. Both teams had played out of their skins, however it was the clinical Away team who enjoyed the advantage going into the break.   

Half Time: Tottenham (Home) 3 - 6 Tottenham (Away)

The Home team took to the field with the expert words of wisdom from their Manager Micky Hazard ringing in their ears, and they were determined to find a way back into the match. They made an encouraging start as well, winning an early free-kick on the right. Their No 17 Massimiliano Vulpani fired it into the danger area and it only narrowly missed the far post as it whizzed past the goal.

The energy and skill of the Coopersmith brothers, Charlie and Oliver, was causing the Home team all sorts of problems after their half-time introduction and it was no surprise that the No 17 Oliver Coopersmith was on the scoresheet before long. The lively left midfielder played a clever one-two with Glenn Barnard and jinked inside before firing an unstoppable shot into the net from 15 yards (3-7).

With pace and skill available throughout their side, the Away team were on fire and it took an unbelievable one handed save from Home keeper Steward Cox to deny Francesco Longo when his fierce effort looked destined for the top corner. The Home goalkeeper was being put under intense pressure and unfortunately for him he let a low shot from Steven Slade escape his grasp on 62mins (3-8).   

However the stopper was back on form moments later to deny John Day with a fantastic finger tip save over the bar. At the other end Robert Bessell’s goal-bound volley was saved brilliantly by the impressive Away keeper Carl Rye. 

The Away team kept pressing though and on 70mins they got their 9th goal of the game. Longo found right winger Mitch While with a ball over the top and the skilful No 16 skipped inside the box before firing a left foot shot into the goal at the near post (3-9). 

With the pace of the game taking its toll gaps started to appear and the Away team took advantage of this in the 74th min when a long ball from defence found striker John Day in space 35 yards out. The deadly No 9 carried the ball into the box and poked the ball past the despairing dive of Stewart Cox (3-10).

Legend Steven Slade was still in the mood to entertain the fans and a searing run from him allowed him to go clear on the left side of the area, but just when he looked like pulling the trigger he was brought down by Captain Paul Safa. The ex-Spurs striker selflessly gave the ball to Glenn Barnard and up stepped the No 11 hoping to add to his team’s tally. He did everything right as well, striking the ball well and placing it low to the keeper’s left hand side, however Stewart Cox dived to his left and made an incredible one handed reaction save! It was a fantastic save and it deservedly won the keeper the Moment of the Match trophy.

However the Away team still had time to add one last goal to their sizable tally. With 88mins on the clock the ball was cleared out to No 15 Paul O’Sullivan and the defender looped a long diagonal cross to the far post, Steven Slade controlled it with his chest and his looping effort sailed over the head of Cox and into the net (3-11).   

The ref’s whistle blew soon afterwards with the Away side running out convincing winners by 3-11. The Away team’s younger legs and clinical finishing told in the end, however the Home team had given it their all and there was certainly no disgrace in losing out to such an impressive side. The watching fans gave both teams a huge round of applause as they left the field and there were plenty of smiling faces as the players left the pitch.  

Full Time: Tottenham (Home) 3 - 11 Tottenham (Away)

Man of the Match (Home): Tony Hine
Man of the Match (Away): Robert Moss
Moment of the Match: Stewart Cox

Home Team: Stewart Cox, Derek McLeod, Stephen Latham, Anthony Gibson, Paul Safa (C), Calum Graham, Lee Dubois, Campodonico Nicolo', Tony Hine, Robert Davies, Robert Bessell, James Dimmock, Benjamin Mercer, Massimiliano Vulpani
Home Manager: Micky Hazard
Home Mascot: Jacob Safa

Away Team: Carl Rye, David Payne (C), Steven Slade, Robert Moss, Kevin Robertson, Mark Beare, Francesco Longo, Matt Gibbs, John Day, Emilio Di Stasio, Glenn Barnard, Charlie Coopersmith, Paul O'Sullivan, Mitch While, Oliver Coopersmith,
Away Mascot: Jake Day