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Brooke fires Legends to victory

Posted on 26 July 2010  - 12:00

A hat-trick from Garry Brooke helped an injury-hit Spurs Legends XI defeat Eltham Royals at Thamesmead Town's ground by the odd goal in nine on Sunday.

A hat-trick from Garry Brooke helped an injury-hit Spurs Legends XI defeat Eltham Royals at Thamesmead Town's ground by the odd goal in nine on Sunday.

All three of the former midfielder's goals were scored from outside the box as the midfielder well and truly found his shooting boots.

The Spurs side was somewhat depleted by the end of the match after centre-half John Lacy and goalkeeper Tony Tillbrook left the field injured. Shortly after Micky Jarrett had given Spurs a fifth-minute lead, Lacy limped off with an achilles injury.

Steve Smart then fired home to double the lead on 12 minutes, before a right-footed Brooke piledriver from 20 yards out gave Spurs a three-goal cushion.

Eltham got themselves right back in the game with two goals in quick succession shortly after half-time, making it 3-2, before the referee adjudged keeper Tillbrook to have brought down an opposing attacker and awarded a penalty to the home side.

Tillbrook was injured in the challenge and had to come off, with Mark Falco donning the gloves for the remainder of the game.

His first task was to pick the ball out of the back of the net as Eltham levelled from the penalty spot, but Brooke (pictured) came to the rescue with another long-range effort on the hour mark to put Spurs 4-3 up.

A similar strike on 70 minutes saw Brooke complete his hat-trick, although a Royals goal with five minutes left made for a nervy ending.

Spurs Legends: Tony Tillbrook, Andy Edmonds, Steve Smart, John Lacy, Stuart Nethercott, David Kerslake, Garry Brooke, Tony Galvin, Mark Falco, Mark Stimson, Micky Jarrett. Subs: Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Southam.