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Bostock at double for XI

Posted on 17 January 2012  - 12:00

John Bostock scored twice as our Spurs XI team toppled Celtic 4-1 in a training ground friendly on Tuesday.

John Bostock scored twice as our Spurs XI team toppled Celtic 4-1 in a training ground friendly on Tuesday.

All the goals were scored in an action-packed first half at Spurs Lodge and included two penalties as an experienced Spurs team overcame a young Celtic side.

Danny Rose, Seb Bassong, Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar, Giovani dos Santos, Steven Pienaar and Tom Carroll were all in our starting line-up.

Cameron Lancaster opened the scoring from the penalty spot after being brought down himself in the box in the 18th minute.

That was swiftly followed by the second from Giovani six minutes later, he tapped in from close range after a great run and cross from Pienaar down the left.

Bostock came on for injured Lancaster in the 25th minute and was soon in the thick of the action.

Corluka, who played the first half on his return, floated in a cross from the right and substitute Bostock converted just six minutes after coming on.

Celtic pulled a goal back on the half-hour but it was soon 4-1 as Rose latched onto his own clearance from a corner and raced the length of the pitch, only to be upended in the area.

Bostock stepped up this time and made no mistake.

Giovani and Corluka were replaced by Alex Pritchard and Lee Angol at half-time, and Angol could have added his name to the scoresheet midway through a largely uneventful second half, only for his shot to fly just past the post after a neat ball in from the left from Rose.

The visiting team had a number of chances to close the deficit in the second half, but Alnwick made a string of fine saves, including a crucial double block on the edge on the box to keep the Celtic forwards at bay.