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CAMB CITY 0, SPURS XI 2

Posted on 29 July 2006  - 12:00

Didier Zokora played his first 45 minutes in a Spurs shirt as our Spurs XI side beat Cambridge City 2-0 on Saturday.

Didier Zokora played his first 45 minutes in a Spurs shirt as our Spurs XI side beat Cambridge City 2-0 on Saturday.

The midfielder's last match action was for Ivory Coast against Serbia & Montenegra in the World Cup but although he swapped the 60,000-plus Allianz Arena for the cosier surroundings of Milton Road, there was no less effort from the 25-year-old who covered every blade of grass in his first half stint.

He was joined by fellow World Cup participants Lee Young-Pyo and Aaron Lennon in the line-up and the South Korean stole the show in that first period with a delightfully-executed opening goal.

Both Zokora and Lee were replaced at the interval but Lennon stayed on for a full 90-minute shift after playing the first half of the Spurs XI's 8-1 win at Bishop's Stortford on Wednesday.

Having scored a wonderful goal that night, Lennon left his shooting boots at home on this occasion, skying a couple of decent chances into the trees behind the goal in the second half before seeing Alan Calton deny him one-on-one with time running out.

Once again, the lads dominated possession but this time came up against a stout defence as City threw themselves in at everything, chased, harried and closed down for all their worth.

Indeed, it took a fine goal to open the scoring after 38 minutes when Lennon, Dawkins and finally O'Hara were involved in the move that led to O'Hara playing in YP Lee down the left and the full-back curled into the far corner from the edge of the box.

It stayed that was until the hour mark and another well-crafted goal. Tommy Forecast threw out to Dawkins, he fed Barcham who burst over half-way before playing the ball wide to Chris Riley, he drilled in a low pass that Dawkins stepped over to allow Barcham to collect and drive low past Danny Naisbitt.

Naisbitt and his late replacement Calton then made sure it stayed at 2-0 - Naisbitt touching the impressive O'Hara's effort wide before Calton denied Lennon late on.

THE KEY ACTION FROM MILTON ROAD...

2mins: Lennon cut in from right and rolled into Dawkins, he shrugged off Coe before firing just wide.

8mins: Trick and quick feet from Lennon this time down the left and he was away from Pope, low cross scrambled away.

12mins: YP Lee strong run down left, shot blocked by Pope.

13mins: Another good break from YP Lee, this time hit the byline, cutback there for Barcham to strike but Coe in to make block tackle.

15mins: Charlie Lee joined in attack, burst past a couple of players, sliced shot wide.

17mins: CLOSE. Patient build-up involving Lewis, Dawkins and Barcham ended with play switched wide to YP Lee, he cut inside Pope before lashing just wide from 18 yards.

31mins: Zokora smashed over from 30 yards.

37mins: Half-chance for Dawkins in box, had to take early as he was closed down and snap shot taken easily by Naisbitt.

38mins: GOAL - YP LEE. Lennon and Dawkins involved before O'Hara switched left to YP Lee who curled effortlessly into the top corner with his right foot from just inside the box.
Cambridge City 0, Spurs XI 1

43mins: SAVE. Slide-rule pass from O'Hara handed Dawkins shooting chance, hit low to Naisbitt's left but keeper got angles right and saved with foot.

44mins: Lennon darted away from two defenders before squaring to Lewis, curler didn't have enough power to trouble Naisbitt.

Half-time: Cambridge City 0, Spurs XI 1

Half-time: SUBS. Davis and Daniels for Zokora and YP Lee.

48mins: CHANCE. Great defending as O'Hara played into Dawkins, only six yards out but Blanchett threw himself in to block.

55mins: CHANCE. Dawkins picked out Lennon's run between defenders and threaded perfect pass into his path, Lennon skied chance over from 18 yards.

56mins: Bowditch 30-yard free-kick forced comfortable save from Forecast.

57mins: Lennon took off on typical run, flew to byline, couldn't quite get enough height on cross for Davis at far post and Naisbitt able to collect.

60mins: GOAL - BARCHAM. Well-contructed goal that started with Forecast throwing wide to Dawkins, he fed Barcham who made ground into City's half before going wide to Riley, he picked out Dawkins on the edge of the box who cleverly stepped over to allow the ball to run to Barcham who collected and finished low from 16 yards.
Cambridge City 0, Spurs XI 2

60mins: SUB. Martin for Defendi.

65mins: SUB. Hutton for injured Davis.

66mins: SAVE. O'Hara onto loose defensive play from City, beat Blanchett, through on goal but Naisbitt made excellent save from one-on-one chance, touching around the post.

76mins: Daniels one-two with O'Hara, shot deflected for corner.

78mins: CHANCE. Lennon again, this time onto O'Hara's pass in left channel of box, went for curler, fired over.

79mins: O'Hara tried his luck from distance, decent hit always going just over.

87mins: SAVE. Dawkins fed ball into Lennon's run, through on goal, Calton out to make fine save with his left hand.

Full-time: Cambridge City 0, Spurs XI 2

Line-ups: Cambridge City: Naisbitt (Calton, 79), Pope, Blanchett, Chaffey, Coe (Salt, 73), Bowditch, Sinclair, Lincoln, Bailey (Monoria, 46), Brennan (Baillie, 60), Graham (Idemudia, 73). Subs: Roach.

Spurs XI: Forecast, Riley, YP Lee (Daniels, 46), Lewis, C Lee, Defendi (Martin, 60), Lennon, Zokora (Davis, 46; Hutton, 65)), Dawkins, O'Hara, Barcham. Subs: Stroud, Lake.