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B STORTFORD 1, SPURS XI 8

Posted on 26 July 2006  - 12:00

Aaron Lennon marked his return to action with a wonderful goal as our Spurs XI side toppled Bishop's Stortford 8-1 on Wednesday night.

Aaron Lennon marked his return to action with a wonderful goal as our Spurs XI side toppled Bishop's Stortford 8-1 on Wednesday night.

The electric winger joined midfielder Jermaine Jenas for a 45-minute shift at Woodside Park and both were heavily involved in their first friendly of the summer following their return to training after World Cup duty.

In a game we dominated, Aaron gave the packed crowd what they wanted just before half-time when he picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, weighed up his options before picking his spot with a sublime chip into the top corner.

Andy Barcham kick-started the evening with the first two goals, a neat finish and looping header, Reto Ziegler smashed home from 25 yards and Lee Barnard raced onto Jamie O'Hara's pass - he was involved in just about everything - before rounding the keeper and slotting home to put us 5-0 up at the interval.

The second half belonged to young striker Simon Dawkins, who bagged his first hat-trick for the club wth goals after 51, 57 and 85 minutes.

His first and our sixth showed a striker's instinct as he followed in Barcham's shot, Hussey parried and he was there to slide in the rebound.

Bishop's Stortford had something to smile about two minutes later as Marton Fulop made a fine save but we failed to clear our lines and triallist Giorgos Galitsios could only divert Lockett's cross-shot into his own net.

It took another four minutes for Dawkins to restore order and make it 7-1 as O'Hara cut the ball back from the byline and he converted with his left foot from 12 yards.

Hussey produced a number of fine saved but there was no denying Dawkins as, with five minutes remaining, he grabbed his hat-trick. It was the best finish of the three as Chris Riley charged in from the right before squaring to Dawkins who controlled, skipped past his man and finished low past Hussey.

THE KEY ACTION FROM WOODSIDE PARK...

2mins: CHANCE. Home side carved out a great early chance as Morison fed in Howell, he looked surprised that the linesman's flag didn't go up and that hesitation allowed Ziegler in to block.

9mins: Ziegler rifled a low drive just wide from 30 yards.

12mins: Jenas 20-yarder deflected just wide.

18mins: GOAL - BARCHAM. Murphy spread play to Ziegler, he fed in Barcham who slotted home from 12 yards.
Bishop's Stortford 0, Spurs XI 1

21mins: Great pass from Murphy deep in our half released Ifil down right, good spot to pick out Jenas on edge of the area but attempted curler sailed over.

26mins: GOAL - BARCHAM. O'Hara worked a yard to the right of the area, clipped a cross to the far post and Barcham looped a header back across Hussey into the far corner.
Bishop's Stortford 0, Spurs XI 2

31mins: Lennon 20-yard dart before left-foot shot that didn't trouble Hussey.

32mins: GOAL - ZIEGLER. O'Hara set up Ziegler who smashed the ball home from 20 yards.
Bishop's Stortford 0, Spurs XI 3

33mins: SAVE. Jenas beat a couple of players centrally before prodding through to Barnard but Hussey out quickly to block one-on-one chance.

36mins: SAVE. Hussey denied Barnard again, Jenas this time capitalised on a loose defensive pass and fed in the striker who went for a side-foot to the near post, Hussey saved with foot.

41mins: Barcham and Lennon involved in move as O'Hara's goalbound shot was deflected wide.

42mins: GOAL - LENNON. The moment most of the crowd had been waiting for as O'Hara found Lennon 25 yards out, he weighed up his options with Barcham on an overlap before deciding on the perfect chip from 18 yards over Hussey and into far corner.
Bishop's Stortford 0, Spurs XI 4

44mins: GOAL - BARNARD. Murphy played in Barnard who shook off attentions of two defenders, skipped around Hussey and slotted into the empty net.
Bishop's Stortford 0, Spurs XI 5

45mins: Barnard's effort deflected just wide.

Half-time: Bishop's Stortford 0, Spurs XI 5

Half-time: SUBS. Dawkins, Galitsios, Maghoma for Lennon, Jenas and Lee.

51mins: GOAL - DAWKINS. Hussey couldn't hold onto Barcham's stinger from 18 yards and Dawkins slid in to convert rebound.
Bishop's Stortford 0, Spurs XI 6

53mins: OWN GOAL. Scramble in our penalty area, Lockett drove ball across the six-yard line and Galitsios turned into his own net.
Bishop's Stortford 1, Spurs XI 6

57mins: GOAL - DAWKINS. Sharp finish from the young striker from 10 yards after O'Hara cut the ball back from the byline.
Bishop's Stortford 1, Spurs XI 7

61mins: SUB. Daniels for Barcham.

64mins: Dawkins ran away from two defenders before sliding pass into Barnard, had to take it early and got underneath effort.

66mins: SAVE. Hussey out quickly to save at feet of Maghoma.

67mins: Davenport suddenly found himself in front of goal from Murphy's sharp pass, controlled it well but went for lob from six yards that Hussey grasped at second attempt.

75mins: SAVE. Driving run from Maghoma before clever reverse pass released Dawkins on goal, denied his hat-trick by feet of Hussey.

79mins: SUB. Riley for Maghoma.

85mins: GOAL - DAWKINS HAT-TRICK. Riley charged into the box from the right, squared to Dawkins who controlled, beat his man and finished low past Hussey to claim his treble from 10 yards.
Bishop's Stortford 1, Spurs XI 8

87mins: CHANCE. Dawkins laid ball into Barnard, right side of box, angle drive just wide.

Full-time: Bishop's Stortford 1, Spurs XI 8

Bishop's Stortford: Squad: Hussey, Jones, Gwillim, Grainger, Goodacre, Champion, Howell, Porter, Morison, Midson, Fuller, Stewart, Taylor, Mason, Lockett, Gillman, Evans, Collis, Ward.

Spurs: Fulop, Ifil, Ziegler, Jenas (Dawkins, 46), Lee (Galitsios, 46), Davenport, Lennon (Maghoma, 46; Riley, 79), Barcham (Daniels, 61), Barnard, Murphy, O'Hara. Subs: Forecast, Riley.