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Colin's comeback

Posted on 3 August 2002  - 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).

Reserve manager Colin Calderwood made temporary playing return as a Tottenham X1 took on Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday.

However, even Colin's huge defensive experience could not prevent an effective Cambridge United. After just over three years, the Spurs hero once again donned the famous lilywhite shirt to play alongside a very young team due to the playing staff being stretched by the match at Watford and a youth tournament in Belgium.

The Cambridge first team proved for too strong for Calderwood's boys as Spurs fell to a 5-1 defeat in front of a crowd of over 2,000.

The first half began with Cambrige making all the running, which paid off early with a 6th minute goal from United striker Dave Kitson. They continued to put pressure on the youngsters and United fans only had to wait a further ten minutes before a quality finish by attacking midfielder Omar Riza.

Tottenham's first attack of the half resulted in a penalty after a foul on John Sutton by left back Fred Murray, from which Sutton converted.

However, Cambridge extended their lead almost immediately with Riza finding the net again.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first when another link up between the impressive Tudor and Man of the Match Riza saw the midfielder score his hat-trick. Kitson also continued to make his presence felt and had a goal disallowed following a corner on 54 minutes.

Spurs made little impression on the home side in the second period and were outplayed by a vastly more experienced Cambridge side. United completed the scoring with a fifth goal with just four minutes left on the clock from substitute Alex Revell.

Team: Burch, Hughes, Thomas, Kelly, Calderwood (Price 79), Marney, Snee, Parasi (Jenkins 79), Sutton, Ferguson, Galbraith (Ahmed 81). Subs: Jalal.

By Dan Halliwell at the Abbey Stadium