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Brave reserves outgunned

Posted on 4 September 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Colin Calderwood's young reserve side put up a brave fight but lost tonight's FA Premier Reserve League derby against an international-strength Arsenal outfit 4-0 at Barnet's Underhill Stadium.<P><P class=MsoNormal>Arsenal sprang a surprise in mid-afternoon, naming a team containing first-teamers such as Dennis Bergkamp, Martin Keown, Ray Parlour, Lauren and Kanu.<P class=MsoNormal>Colin, however, was hampered by the absence of captain Ian Hillier, Ciaran Toner, Simon Davies, Alton Thelwell, George Snee and Paul O&rsquo&#59;Donoghue to international duty.<P class=MsoNormal>It meant a largely Academy side taking to field, with rookie central defenders Stephen Kelly and Ron Henry charged with shackling the considerable talents of Bergkamp and Kanu.<P class=MsoNormal>Despite the chasm in experience between the two sides, the opening ten minutes were fairly evenly contested and the pace of Steven Ferguson caused problems for the home back line.<P class=MsoNormal>Just after the ten minute mark the deadlock was broken by a sweet attacking movement. Gilles Grimandi produced a defence-splitting pass which was latched onto by Bergkamp, who proceeded to slip the ball past Gavin Kelly.<P class=MsoNormal>Kanu and Bergkamp went on to torment our back four for the remainder of the half and an inevitable second goal followed on 16 minutes. The Nigerian twisting and turning inside the area before firing a cross shot that Kelly got a hand to but failed to keep out.<P class=MsoNormal>15 minutes later, Kanu was again causing mayhem and was tugged in the area by Maurizio Consorti and referee Mr Baker pointed to the penalty spot. Kanu duly dispatched his kick low to Kelly&rsquo&#59;s right.<P class=MsoNormal>The packed Underhill crowd and a throng of Japanese journalists tracking the fortunes of Arsenal&rsquo&#59;s summer import Junichi Inamoto anticipated a second half goalfest from the home team.<P class=MsoNormal>It did not materialise and Spurs regrouped after the break and started to create a few openings of their own. The best opportunity came when Lee Barnard caught keeper Graham Stack in possession and fed Ferguson who proceeded to be felled by Matthew Upson with an open goal beckoning. The resulting free-kick was put over the bar by Tim Sherwood.<P class=MsoNormal>Arsenal scored a fourth, slightly against the run of play, on 70 minutes when the subject of much Far East interest gave his onlookers what they were waiting for. Inamoto received the ball on the edge of the area and, with a first time strike, side footed the ball high to Kelly&rsquo&#59;s left.<P class=MsoNormal>Ferguson went close in the final moments and, to their credit, Colin&rsquo&#59;s side did not give up in what, on paper, always looked a lopsided challenge.<BR><BR><STRONG>Team:</STRONG> G Kelly, Consorti, Jackson, Henry, S Kelly, Piercy, Barnard (Bowditch 71), Sherwood, Ferguson (Marney 80), Kamanan, Etherington. <STRONG>Subs not used:</STRONG> Jalal, Herron, Quilter.<BR><BR><STRONG>Arsenal:</STRONG> Stack, Lauren (Oates 45), Upson (Chilvers 78), Grimandi, Keown, Stepanovs, Parlour, Inamoto, Bergkamp, Kanu, Sidwell. <STRONG>Subs not used:</STRONG> Holloway, Itonga, Barratt.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>