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Davies double on video

Posted on 15 August 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).

Simon Davies sharpened his shooting boots ahead of the new season with two goals in the first 12 minutes against Dagenham and Redbridge, but the talented Conference side fought back to secure a share of the spoils.

It was the fourth Conference team that Colin Calderwood's side has faced on a pre-season mini-circuit, all tough tests against physically strong and often experienced teams.

Click on the audio/video link to watch the goals and an interview with Simon

After a setback in their opener against Barnet, form, composure and confidence has gradually increased throughout the programme that also took in trips to Woking, Dover and Dagenham, plus a non-Conference trip to Kettering.

At Victoria Road, another young line-up took the field, with Simon Davies, Alton Thelwell and Matthew Etherington the only ones with significant first team experience under their belts.

This did not appear to be a problem as Calderwood's colts swept into a two goal lead against last season's 3rd placed Conference team, which featured former Spurs Danny Hill, Mark Janney and Junior McDougald. On four minutes Matthew Etherington swept over a cross from the left which found the head of Steven Ferguson. The Scot nodded goalwards but his effort was parried by Daggers' keeper Tony Roberts and the ball fell into the path of Davies who poked the ball in from close range.

Eight minutes later Etherington again was the provider, whipping over another cross from the left which evaded the despairing lunges of two defenders and fell invitingly for Simon to sweetly blast the ball home at the far post.

Spurs fielded Kevin Ellegaard, a trailist goalkeeper from Denmark, who looked assured and confident when called into action. But he was beaten on 27 minutes when former Chelsea striker Mark Stein was played through the centre and managed to steer a delicate lob over Ellegaard and into the net.

Dagenham were galvanised by the goal and dictated play for a spell, while Johnnie Jackson spurned a good chance to restore the lead by shooting straight at Roberts when in the clear and failing to connect with the rebound.

Yannick Kamanan was introduced after the break for George Snee, but it was the Daggers who made the first striking impact of the second period. Substitute Tony Lock picked up the ball to the left of the penalty area and shot low to Ellegaard's left to level the scores.

Spurs were pretty much on the back foot for a 15 minute spell after the leveller, but soon regained composure and were unfortunate to have a Jackson strike ruled out for offside. Kamanan and Ferguson began to trouble to Daggers' back-line with their pace and Fergie went close with a cross shot.

It was certainly a tough examination for the reserves in what is likely to be their last outing before the league campaign begins on August 28 and it was richly entertaining fare for the 1,225 crowd.

Team: Ellegaard, Quilter (Consorti 67), Hillier, Thelwell, Toner, Jackson, Piercy, Davies, Ferguson (Vedeux 83), Snee (Kamanan 45), Etherington. Sub not used: Kelly.

By Richard Hubbard at Victoria Road