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Harlow Town  0   Tottenham Hotspur XI  8   (Half-time score : 0-5)

Premier Reserve League South
Venue : -  
Monday 6th November 2006
Kick Off :  7.30 p.m.
Crowd :   931
Referee :  Mr. G. Evett (Essex)
Weather :  -  Clear, cold
Teams : - 
Harlow Town :

Hasell (Jackson 46)

Akers (Parmenter 46)
S Glidden (M Glidden 46)
Swift (Moore)
Chapman (Thompson 46)

Boateng (Baker 46)
Lalite (Wright 46)
Green (Williams 46)
Davis (DJ Spoony 46)

Salmon (c)

Unused subs: 

Tottenham Hotspur :

Burch (Forecast 46)

Mills (Archibald-Henville 63)

O'Hara (Hutton 63)
McKenna (c)
Dudas (Wells 78)

Barcham (Hutchins 46)
Dawkins (Fraser-Allen 63)

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
  Harlow Town  


   Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Harlow Town 


Tottenham Hotspur

Dawkins 6
Daniels 10
Barcham 12
O'Hara 32
Dawkins 44
O'Hara 57
Lewis 73
McKenna 88

Cards : -  
Harlow Town 



Tottenham Hotspur  



Match Report : -  

A young Spurs XI took Harlow Town apart in Marc Salmons Testimonial at the Ryman League club's new Barrows Farm ground, with eight goals, which could easily have been double figures.

The hunger displayed by the Spurs players was a credit to Clive Allen's management, as on a cold night, it would have been easy to go through the motions for a testimonial game, but from the off, they showed good technical skill and great movement to draw a line to differentiate the gulf in class between them and the non-leaguers.

Both sides started with a 4-4-2 line-up, but Tottenham's midfield over-powered Harlow's and pulled them all over the pitch, as they opened the Essex side up, almost at will.  As early as the fourth minute a good combination of Barcham and Dawkins produced a low shot from the latter that the keeper saved.  However, just two minutes later Tottenham were ahead.  Jamie O'Hara, whose strong running was a feature of his performance, made a break through the middle of the Harlow midfield and he fired a shot from outside the area, which Hassell could not hold and Simon Dawkins reacted first to dink the ball over a defender's leg and put it into an unguarded net.

As the cold evening shed some moisture on the turf, it made it difficult for goalkeepers, with Rob Burch, making his first appearance since breaking his leg at the end of last season, fielded a low shot from former Spurs youth player Sammy Winston at the second attempt.

Ten minutes into the match, Charlie Daniels made it 2-0 with a cracking shot that flew over the keeper's head from 35 yards, after the ball had been cleared straight to him.  It soon became three, when, two minutes later, Dawkins laid the ball into the path of Kieran McKenna and his shot was knocked down in front of goal, only for Andy Barcham to race in to net the rebound.

Harlow then hit back, with Burch having to make a save low at his post from the man who's night it was, Marc Salmons.  The resulting corner was knocked into the near post and Leon Lalite brought another save from Burchy in the same place.  But Spurs were soon passing the ball around nicely, with McKenna busy in midfield creating another opening for Barcham, who dragged his effort wide.  One player who was not played in as much was Alan Dudas, who played right wing and looked a strong player when he attacked the Harlow defence.  As he is one I was not aware of previously, he may have been a trialist, who did reasonably well.

Alex Smith dashed across the area to nod the ball away as Winston honed in on goal, but a flowing move from Dudas to Dawkins and onto O'Hara on the left of the box saw the midfielder expertly guide the ball under the diving goalie and into the net at the opposite post making it 4-0.  However, from the kick-off, the home side performed some neat short passing and got through to the Tottenham goal, where they won a corner.  Winston flicked it on at the near post and with the ball being juggled at the far post by Salmon, whose effort was blocked on the goal-line by Leigh Mills and the big Spurs defender also denied the Harlow captain with a good block as he bore down on goal.

O'Hara was enjoying himself, as he ran at players and ghosted past them, while his passing was spot on.  A 40 yard pass to Dudas' chest saw the winger chest the ball down before rasping a shot that grazed the crossbar on the way over.  Jamie then took on the shooting responsibilities himself, with a corner that was pulled back to him and struck on the volley from 20 yards out, but it flew over the bar.  The midfielder linked up well with Dawkins and then carried on running to pick up the return on the left wing and his floated cross/shot went just over the top.

Two minutes before the break a Spurs attack broke down, with Sammy Winston breaking strongly past Joe Martin and whipped in a low cross, but Mills was there again to slice a cross off for a corner.  Kenny Davis was at the far post when the ball came to him from the corner, but he seemed surprised by it's arrival and it hit him in the chest and was cleared.  Tottenham moved the ball well from O'Hara to Dudas, who broke into the area and had his ankles tapped, just as he was going to shoot past the keeper, but the linesman signalled a goal-kick.  However, Spurs didn't have to wait long before the fifth goal hit the net, as approaching the half-time whistle, O'Hara launched a pinpoint pass over 40 plus yards to Charlie Daniels and his low cross to the near post saw Simon Dawkins get across the defender to knock the ball in for 5-0.

The break saw Harlow change their whole side apart from the front pair and Spurs brought on Forecast for Burch and Danny Hutchins for Barcham.  One of Harlow's changes was bringing DJ Spoony into the mix.  While he may not be an athletic figure of a man, he did well enough with a good little dribble and some good passes, but when Spurs had the ball, they played it around him.

The changes affected Tottenham less, with the passing still as crisp as the winter fog closing in and the movement as vigorous as that among the crowd who were attempting to stay warm.  The chances still came in waves.  O'Hara set up Dawkins to fire over and a corner came out to Stuart Lewis who hit a powerful drive over the top before a 55th minute goal from O'Hara made the score 6-0.  Once more he played a 1-2 with Simon Dawkins and as he was about to score, he was brought down in the area to win a penalty.  Jamie got up to take the kick himself, but hit it straight at Jackson, who beat out the spot-kick.  O'Hara was quick enough to get to the rebound first and stick it into the net.

O'Hara put Hutchins in, but his shot was saved, then substitute Kyle Fraser-Allen played a ball back to McKenna, who got the ball stuck under his feet and then had it whipped away from him by the Harlow defence.  David Hutton, another sub, was brought down outside the area and from the free-kick, Charlie Daniels beat the wall with his low shot, but the Town keeper was there to save.

Lewis was finding his range, as he hit a 25 yard curler just over the bar, before Hutchins took the ball through a couple of tackles and played it to Lewis, who slid a low shot home with his left foot for 7-0.

More changes made the game a little disjointed, but Fraser-Allen brought another save ... this time from Harlow's third keeper of the match and when Alex Smith found Hutton, his low drive made the keeper dive to stop once more.  With a minute left of the game, Fraser-Allen looked like he was about to score as he broke in from the right, but was fouled by Moore, giving captain Kieran McKenna the opportunity to round off the scoring with ease from the penalty spot.

Forecast had little to do, but in the last minute, a ball into the box was cleared by Troy Archibald-Henville.  His clearance hit a Harlow forward and as the ball dropped to one of the home subs, the chance to score became too much and the shot was skied over the bar from just six yards out

As the night got colder, the game ended with applause from the near 1,000 crowd and Marc Salmon will have had a night he will never forget.  It was one that will live in the memory of all those who saw it too, as there are surely some Tottenham stars of the future in this side.  



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