spurs v chelsea reserves match reports

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27.04.2009 Spurs lost their chance of catching Aston Villa at the top of the table with this 0-3 defeat against a strong Chelsea reserve team at Griffin Park.

Within a minute of the start, Spurs almost took the lead, when Gilberto and Jacques Maghoma set up Jake Livermore for a 25 yard volley over the goal.  Chelsea were using their pace on the break and Ben Alnwick was called to race off his line to deny Borini in the eighth minute, before the pairing of Gilberto and Maghoma linked again for the latter to curl a shot wide from outside the box three minutes later.  Then it was Alnwick's goal under threat in the 13th minute, as Queresma's shot with the outside of his foot seemed to be going in until the Spurs keeper tipped it around his right hand post.

Spurs hit back with Gilberto crossing to Takuri Mtandari, who headed over from six yards out with a quarter of an hour gone, then Livermore hit a shot to Sebek's left, but the keeper dropped on the ball.  The misses were costly, as Chelsea attacked, with Queresma's right wing cross providing Borini with a great chance to head home from the edge of the six yard box and give Chelsea a 29th minute lead.

Sebek was brought into action in the 35th minute, when Maghoma and Dawkins swapped passes for Maghoma to hit an 18 yard shot which made the keeper palm the ball out.  Two minutes on and Spurs once more threatened to score, with Bostock's low ball into the box from the left side of the area finding Kyle Fraser-Allen getting ahead of his marker, but being unable to keep the ball down from close range at the near post.

The teams changed ends with Chelsea holding the 1-0 advantage, but this was doubled within three minutes of the re-start.  Sala played in a cross and as Stephen Caulker slid in to try to cut the ball out, he could only divert it past Alnwick.  But still Tottenham pressed forward and when Sebek could only flap at Nathan Byrne's cross, it dropped to Fraser-Allen, who was at an acute angle and just failed to knock it back into an unguarded net.

Just after the hour, Alnwick had to save from Sala, who had taken the ball off Mtandari and the 25-yarder was pushed over by the Spurs goalie.  In the 70th minute, Jake LIvermore received his second red card in successive games, for a foul on Mellis, leaving Tottenham down to ten men and chasing the game.  Chelsea wer not under much pressure from this point and Alnwick made a super save, managing to put Sala's shot from 10 yards out over the bar.

With Spurs now being pushed back towards their own goal, a third goal came for Chelsea with 15 minutes left.  Nouble took the ball down and hit a shot across the Tottenham keeper, but Adam Smith was behind him and cleared off the line.  However, the ball fortuitously dropped for Borini, who shot into the net from around the penalty spot to complete the victory for the Pensioners.

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Chelsea - 
Sebek, Ofori-Twumasi, Bruma, Hutchinson (Clifford 71), van Aanholt, Philliskirk, Quaresma, Mellis (Gordon 91), Borini, Sala (Ferreira 83), Nouble
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Alnwick, Smith, Gilberto, Livermore, Rocha, Caulker, Mtandari, Bostock (Byrne 46), Fraser-Allen, Dawkins (Kasim 63), Maghoma
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16.03.2009 A goal in the sixth minute set Spurs on their way to a big win over Chelsea reserves at Leyton Orient FC.  

David Bentley swung in a free-kick, which was cleared and when Bale played the ball back in, it found Pascal Chimbonda eight yards out.  The defender took a touch and shot past Taylor in the Chelsea goal to give Tottenham the early advantage in the math.

In the 13th minute, Gareth Bale took a shot on goal and the partial block deflected the ball into the path of Danny Rose, who shot first time past the goalie, but Bridcutt appeared on the line to clear it away.  At the other end in the next attack, Ben Alnwick produced a good save from Mineiro, after he was set up with a 30 yard shooting opportunity by Stoch.

On 25 minutes, Spurs doubled their lead when a move that started at the back ended with Pavlyuchenko putting the ball through to Frazier Campbell on the right side of the penalty area and his shot was dinked past Taylor to make it 2-0.  However, Spurs still had to be vigilant at the back as Alnwick beat away an effort from Borini and then got up to parry away an overhead kick by Michael Mancienne from the resulting corner.

After the break, the Spurs keeper was called upon to deny Stoch, when he arrowed a shot towards the top corner from a 20 yard free-kick, but in the 63rd minute, Huddlestone had more success from a free-kick, when he curled a low shot into the corner of the net.

Spurs had the chance to go 4-0 ahead in the 74th minute, but after Ofori-Twusami handled Campbell's cross, Roman Pavlyuchenko hit the spot-kick down the middle and too high.  This miss would have added to a more comprehensive win, but the 4-0 score-line was achieved three minutes from time, when Campbell was brought down by Philliskirk in the penalty area and got up to stick the penalty past Taylor, who went the wrong way.

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Alnwick, Chimbonda, Bale, Rocha, Gilberto, Bentley (Obika 60), Huddlestone, Rose (Livermore 60), Townsend (Bostock 76), Campbell, Pavlyuchenko
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Taylor, Ofori-Twumasi (Ahamed 89), Bruma, Mancienne, van Aanholt, Mineiro, Mellis, Bridcutt (Philliskirk 58), Di Santo, Borini (Nouble 60), Stoch.
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19.03.2007 Spurs played out a disappointing 0-0 draw at Aldershot FC against Chelsea reserves.

Played in weather featuring rain, sleet and hailstones, it was a tactical battle that saw Spurs do most of the attacking.  A 17th minute scramble involving Livermore and Hallfredsson in the area ended with the ball being played wide to Phil Ifil and his cross was knocked over by Andy Barcham.  The striker held the ball up well after 25 minutes to lay it on for Kieran McKenna to shoot and his shot was blocked, as was the follow-up by Jamie O'Hara.

Chelsea striker Younghusband put a shot wide before the referee too the players off the field of play until the hail and thunder-storm ended, returning a minute later to resume the action.  Rodriguez curled a Chelsea free-kick wide of the mark and Hallfredsson dragged his shot across goal and O'Hara struck a volley wide of the post.  Just before the hour, Lee Mills diverted a shot towards his own goal and Ben Alnwick got in the way to keep the ball out.

Play swung from end to end, with Hutchinson denying O'Hara, Rodriguez hitting a shot too high, O'Hara once more thwarted by the keeper, who then saved from sub Lee Barnard.  Five minutes from the end, sub Lee Barnard took an O'Hara cross, worked a yard and fired a shot on goal that Ma-Kalambay saved at point-blank range to keep the score-sheet blank.

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Chelsea : Ma-Kalambay, Cummings, Magnay, Hutchinson, Elmer, Bridcutt, Fabio Ferreira, Younghusband, Sawyer (Nielsen 80), Rodriguez, Stoch
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Spurs: Alnwick, Ifil, Martin (Hughton, 66), Livermore, C Lee, Mills, Hutton (Barnard, 62), McKenna, Barcham, O'Hara, Hallfredsson
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Alnwick, Ifil, Ziegler, McKenna, Lee, Mills, Barcham, O'Hara, Pekhart, Taarabt (Fraser-Allen, 60), Yeates
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15.08.2005 Spurs completed a 2-0 win at Aldershot against a strong Chelsea side.

Jiri Jarošik and Lassana Diarra both had full games, while Wayne Bridge played out his first 90 minutes since he broke his leg in February, but the a goal in each half gave the points to Tottenham.

Chelsea’s first opening of the game fell to Jarosik, but he blasted Morais’ low cross well over the top and soon after, Phil Younghusband did well to play in Mancienne, who shot wide. But it was Tottenham who went ahead just after the half hour, when a mistake by Elmer allowed Phil Ifil to run at Pettigrew, going past the defender easily before firing a powerful shot past Lenny Pidgeley.

Chelsea's change of personnel and formation to 4-2-3-1, failed to improve their attacking options and with 20 minutes left, Spurs doubled the lead with another quality strike.  Lee Barnard turned Pettigrew, then slipped a pass sideways to Jackson who drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Diarra was Chelsea's best player almost sent Younghusband in on goal, but the forward couldn’t reach the through ball.   Despite a frantic Chelsea finish Spurs held out for a sound win to help their continue their winning early season form.

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Pidgeley, Dean Smith, Mancienne, Pettigrew, Bridge, Jarošik, Diarra, Hollands (c) (Grant 50), Morais (Simmonds 71), Younghusband, Elmer (J. Tillen 50).
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21.03.2005 An end of season game was played out as a 0-0 draw at Aldershot.

Chelsea's Oliveira hit a 25 yard shot wide after ten minutes and when Joe Tillen found his brother Sam,  Radek Cerny saved easily, as the shot was mis-hit, although the Czech had to be on his toes to race out to deny Joe Tillen who tried to capitalise on Oliveira's flick on just before the interval.

Following the break, Mark Yeates pulled a save out of Lenny Pidgeley at his near post, after Phil Ifil had worked the opening from the right wing.  Ten minutes after this effort, Paul O’Donoghue sent in a thumping header from a corner the Chelsea keeper produced the save of the night knocking the ball out from under the crossbar and then grabbing the ball on the floor before any Spurs player could react to it.

Goran Bunjevcevic, almost opened the scoring, but he volleyed well over and just as the hour passed, Rodrigo Defendi pulled back Joe Tillen as he broke through.  As the last defender he would have to leave the field, but it was O’Donoghue who was sent-off and it was double relief when Filipe Morais bent his free-kick past the wall and against the upright.

Making the most of their advantage, Chelsea wide-man Oliveira knocked over a deep cross that Joe Tillen drove across goal and Hollands hit a dipping shot over the top with 20 minutes left.  Watt headed powerfully at goal from a corner, but Cerny was right behind it and Spurs almost stole the result with a far-post free-kick that just missed contact from two stretching legs.

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Chelsea : -  Pidgeley; D. Smith, Watt, N. Morais, S. Tillen; Grant, Hollands (c); F. Morais (Younghusband 80), Oliveira, J. Tillen (Simmonds 90); Woodards.
Tottenham: -  Cerny, Ifil, McKie, Bunjevcevic (c), O'Donoghue, Defendi, Dilevski, S. Davis (McKenna 65), Yeates, Malcolm (O'Hara 65), Limbersky.

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09.02.2004 Premier Reserve League South  (Home). Click here for a match report.
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12.09.2000 Spurs lost 1-2 to Chelsea at White Hart Lane in this FA Premier Reserve League meeting, going down to a late goal, despite looking as good as the opponents.

Spurs had already had two good efforts from Mark Gower before Simon Davies drove a shot at goal and Rhys Evans pushed it out for Neale Fenn to net the rebound with 13 minutes on the clock.  However, it only took the Pensioners two minutes to equalise with Rati Aleksidze scoring direct from a 30 yard free-kick.

Although the chances were there for Spurs, Yannick Kamanan, Dave McEwen, Davies and Matthew Etherington all failed to find the net, leaving Leon Knight to pop up in the 88th minute to win the match for the West Londoners.

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Spurs -  Walker, Hillier, Toner, Davies, Doherty, Thelwell, Piercy, Gower, McEwen (Kamanan 70), Fenn, Etherington
Subs not used :  G. Kelly, Jackson, Consorti, C. Fortune
Chelsea -   Evans, Percassi (Thornton 65), Cummings, Broad, Bogarde (Baldwin 65), Demetrious, Slatter (Ross 55), Knight, Nicholls, Aleksidze, Pitt.
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07.09.1991 Chelsea sent a strong reserve side to meet Spurs in the Football Combination but the home side stood firm, with the pairing of Dave McDonald and John Polston repelling Chelsea's attacks.

The closest Tottenham came to scoring was a Lee Hodges shot in the 87th minute that struck the post, as the game ended score-less.

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Spurs -  Thorstvedt, Statham, Edinburgh, A. Polston, McDonald, Edwards, Houghton, Moncur, Garland (N. Smith 46), RObson (Hodges 70), Morah
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12.03.1977 Chelsea Reserves inflicted a second defeat on Tottenham's Reserves with a 0-3 score-line at Mitcham.

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Kendall, Wade, S. Cavanagh, Walford, Holyoak, Miller, Brotherston, Beavon, Moores, O'Brien (Hazard), Robinson
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19.11.1975 Spurs Reserves hosted Chelsea in the Football Combination and the match ended 1-1 with Tottenham's goal scored by Noel Brotherston.

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Spurs - 
Cranstone, I. Smith, M. Stead, Keeley, T. Boyle, Bacon, Brotherston, Knowles, McGrath, M. Robinson, McNab
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05.04.1975 Spurs Reserves went down 1-3 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in the Football League, with only Roger Gibbins' goal to show for the trip across London.

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Daines, I. Smith, M. Stead, Barwick, Walford, Margerrison, McGrath, McNab, Gibbins, Hoddle, Robinson
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12.10.1974 Chelsea Reserves handed out a 3-1 home defeat to Spurs in the Football Combination.

Spurs were foiled by former England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti, who was in top form and a penalty awarded for handball was saved by the Chelsea keeper even though Joe Kinnear took the spot-kick twice.

Tommy Langley gave Chelsea's enterprising start a goal early on and then, from a narrow angle, Ian Britton made it 2-0. Spurs did go close before the award of the penalty, but they had to wait until the second half for John Margerrison to take Chris McGrath's diagonal ball and beat two defenders to the ball before beating Bonetti.

With Spurs back in the game, they nearly pulled level when McGrath struck the post, but Tottenham were hit on the counter-attack and John Sissons scored to put the game beyond Tottenham's reach.

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Spurs : - Daines, Kinnear, Anderson, Keeley, Cegielski, Holder, McGrath, Thirn (J. Arbuckle), King, Bacon, Robinson, Brotherston, Hyams
Chelsea : - Bonetti, Britton, Langley, Sissons
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17.03.1973 Spurs Reserves shocked the visiting Chelsea Reserves side at White Hart Lane in the Football Combination with three goals in the opening 16 minutes of the match.

Gary Mabee's pass gave Jimmy Neighbour the simple task of tapping home the opening goal, with Ray Clarke steering the ball into the net from close range to double the lead.

Clarke then got the third Tottenham goal, with his shot going in off Chelsea keeper Peter Bonetti and the Spurs striker almost completed his hat-trick when Mike Dillon headed the ball into the goalmouth, but Clarke was just unable to apply the finishing touch.

Chelsea went close to getting a goal back when Garry Stanley hit the post and then went close from the rebound. However, Bonetti had to be alert to save from Dillon, but could do nothing to stop Phil Holder hitting a stunning drive to make it 4-0 halfway through the second half.

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Spurs - 
Daines, Evans, Pratt, Dillon, Peck, Naylor, Neighbour, Clarke, Mabee, Holder, Morgan
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15.04.1972

Spurs Reserves drew 2-2 away with Chelsea Reserves with Ray Clarke and John  Pratt scoring the goals that earned them a point.


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T. Lee, Evans (E. Jones), Want, Peck, Beal, Pratt, Neighbour, Holder, Clarke, Dillon, Morgan
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27.11.1971 Spurs reserves enjoyed a 2-0 home win over Chelsea reserves at White Hart Lane in the Football Combination.

A good performance in which Spurs were sharper and smarter than the Pensioners, but they could not find a finish to their good build-up play, leaving the game goal-less at the half-time whistle.  It was not for the want of trying, with Graeme Souness going close and then striking the angle with a rasping 35 yard shot, with Roy Woolcott going close from David Jenkins corner.

Spurs took the lead when Woolcott finished a good move involving Jenkins' right wing cross minutes after half time at the far post.   Then, when John Cutbush hit the bar with a shot, Jimmy Pearce hooked the ball back into the danger zone and Woolcott forced the ball over the line from close range.

Losing Joe Kinnear with an ankle injury, Tottenham had to reshuffle with Ray Clarke coming on in his place. While the team struggled to find the rhythm they had before the substitution, Cutbush put a header wide from another Jenkins cross and Spurs saw out the game to return to winning ways.

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Daines, Kinnear (Clarke 71), E. Jones, Naylor, Peck, Holder, Cutbush, Souness, Woolcott, Jenkins, Pearce
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14.11.1970

An outstanding display by Spurs Reserves – the best of the season according to Reserve Team manager Eddie Baily – saw them outclass Chelsea's reserves to go 14 games without defeat.
 

Ray Clarke crossed in for Jimmy Neighbour to in off the crossbar to make it 1-0 and when David Jenkins crossed, Neighbour was on the spot again, this time volleying in his second goal.
 

Chelsea got a goal back before half-time, when the Spurs defence let them in, but soon after the restart, Phil Holder fired a shot into the top corner from 18 yards out to make it 3-1.  Chelsea got another goal back before Ray Clarke flicked on with his head for Holder to volley in from 16 yards out in the closing stages of the game.

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