Chelmsford City 1 (1) Tottenham Hotspur
Tuesday 13th August 2013 Kick off 19:45
Goulding (p) 16
D. McQueen 27
|Crowd : 2,065||Weather : Warm, sunny|
|Referee : Andy D'Urso (Essex)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Garry Maskell (Essex); Mr. Martin Smith (Essex)|
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Tommy FORECAST (
1 Carl PENTNEY 66)
2 Justin MILLER
Jack PAXMAN (
Sam LONG 60)
Owing to the lack of substitution announcements, some may have been used which are not noted above
2 Ryan FREDERICKS
Alexander McQUEEN 46)
Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO (Laste
Roman MICHEL-PERCIL 46)
9 Jon OBIKA
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Spurs young guns out-gunned the
Chelmsford City side, who put in a spirited performance, but in the
end lost out at Melbourne Stadium 1-4 to the Spurs XI.
While McQueen had only a short time to wait until his name was on the score-sheet and it came in a surprising way. Having shown pace and a willingness to cut inside to have a pop at goal, his goal came with Aaron McEneff, who had shown a good engine in midfield and a good ability from a dead ball, crossed from a free kick and McQueen didn't even have to rise to head the ball past a defender on the line. The ball had eluded everyone in the centre of the goal and Darren hung back to nod the ball home to regain the lead for Tottenham.
With chances at both ends, Miles and Forecast were called upon to keep shots out, with the Spurs man racing out to block a shot from Bagasan Graham, as he broke away on the left, while former Spurs goalie Forecast did well to spread himself as Obika got through to find space in the City area.
The half time break saw the £255 prize draw take place, with a man walking around the ground with a board containing the winning number on it. It took me back to the days when the "Golden Goal" times were paraded around at the interval at the Lane. But that was about the only comparison with the old days. Back then the friendlies were played out between 11 on each side and the number of changes in the second half of this game were not helped by the lack of announcements over the PA and the lack of numbers on the back of the City players' shirts. Just as well D'Urso kept his cards in his pocket, as tallying up who was which number would have been a major task.
Anyway, the changes might have unsettled Spurs slightly more than the home team, as a long ball set Goulding free and he snatched at his shot, sending it over the top from just on the edge of the box. There was further disappointment for Chelmsford, when Tom Davis ran through onto a through ball, but was flagged offside, when he wasn't, but a player running back from an offside position got in the "active zone". With Spurs pulling the string sin midfield now, Obika was denied by Forecast, who had to be substituted shortly afterwards, with an injury, leaving his deputy, Pentney to make a good stop from a shot from a Laste Dombaxe free-kick, his first touch after coming on as a substitute.
Spurs won the match within two second half minutes. Both goals came Shaquile Couthirst, in similar fashion, with the ball being won on the right and played through the middle for Shaq to come in and slide the ball past Pentney. He was exposed and especially by the second of them, when a Chelmsford player tried to nutmeg a Spurs man, but the ball was lost and then they were punished with the hat-trick goal in the 73rd minute.
Spurs were grateful to Lawrence Vigouroux in the 76th minute, when Bertie Brayley met a corner with his head from close range, but as he directed the ball down, the Spurs sub keeper arched up to tip it over the bar. Chelmsford had further headed chances, with Dave Rainford putting one low straight at Vigouroux and then Webb headed powerfully, but the goalie touched it over the top. From the resulting corner, Amiee looked to have scored as he screwed a close range shot past the keeper, but somehow, Grant Ward managed to get it off the line and preserve the lead.
Then there was another goal-line clearance at the other end, when the hard-working Obika got away on the right and slipped the ball past the keeper, but Matt Lock got back to kick the ball away before it crossed the line.
The final whistle saw a good sized crowd give the players a good hand for what had been a decent game, with the young men in the capri blue giving a good account of themselves against a good non-league team.
Ruben Lameiras looked lively when he came on, with Laste Dombaxe coming on to play the ball-winner in midfield and Roman Michel-Percil gave Tottenham some pace on the flank. The one player who stood out, apart from Shaq, who took the spotlight with his goals, was Giancarlo Gallifuoco, who was, literally, head and shoulders above the rest of the midfield. A strapping lad, who isn't phased by the physical stuff and looked Dembele like in the way that he ran with the ball and laid it off. Spurs were obviously holding some of their squad back for the Under-21 match on Monday, but the performance showed a determined effort to turn on the style and a number of the players will have done themselves no harm in future selection by showing a good attitude in this warm-up game.
Marco van Hip
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