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Gone for a Burton!

Posted on 8 November 2000  - 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).

<B>FA PREMIER RESERVE LEAGUE</B> <P class=MsoNormal>Derby County Reserves&nbsp&#59;3 Spurs Reserves 0 <P class=MsoNormal>A controversial refereeing decision robbed the reserves of any reward for their efforts at a rain-soaked Pride Park on Tuesday night. <P class=MsoNormal>Willem Korsten <I>(pictured right) </I>clipped home a delightful free-kick to level the scores after 74 minutes only for referee Mr Bassindale to call the play back and penalise Dean Sturridge for failing to retreat the necessary 10 yards. <P class=MsoNormal>Sturridge was booked but when the 20-yard kick was retaken TWO home players were within two yards of Korsten&rsquo&#59;s effort. <P class=MsoNormal>To make matters worse we conceded another poor goal defensively 10 minutes later and then gave away an injury time penalty to allow Deon Burton to grab his hat-trick. <P class=MsoNormal>A competitive if scrappy first half didn&rsquo&#59;t burst into life until the 18<SUP>th</SUP> minute. Chris Armstrong controlled a long ball, held off two challenges before firing towards the bottom corner only for Rams&rsquo&#59; keeper Otto Fredrickson to save low to his right. <P class=MsoNormal>Derby then broke quickly from the corner with Lars Bohinen carrying the ball for 50 yards before playing in Lee Morris who fired into the side-netting from a tight angle. <P class=MsoNormal>With 26 minutes on the clock Ciaran Toner unleashed a 25-yard shot that dipped just too late and Korsten&rsquo&#59;s speculative effort from a poor clearance drifted wide. <P class=MsoNormal>The next chance fell to the home side. Sturridge and Burton, always likely to cause problems at this level, combined in the area, Gary Doherty blocked Sturridge&rsquo&#59;s shot only for Bohinen to smash the rebound over the top from 12 yards. <IMG align=left src="../title_images/deon_burton.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>Rams took the lead after 42 minutes. Bohinen played the ball into Sturridge who cleverly stepped over to allow Burton through on goal as the back four pushed up. Burton <I>(pictured left) </I>won the 50-50 with Ian Walker before tapping home from a yard. <P class=MsoNormal>The second half followed a similar pattern with both sides enjoying plenty of possession without really creating chances. <P class=MsoNormal>Matthew Etherington teased in a couple of crosses without reward while at the other end Burton and Murray failed to test Walker. <P class=MsoNormal>The free-kick fiasco came with 16 minutes left and Etherington fizzed in a low shot which Fredrickson comfortably fielded. <P class=MsoNormal>Walker produced the save of the game with seven minutes remaining, tipping over Murray&rsquo&#59;s header at full strength but Derby made it safe from the ensuing corner. The corner was half-cleared, played back in and as we pushed up again, Ledley King missed his clearance and Burton was left with the easiest task from eight yards. <P class=MsoNormal>With the game in injury time Doherty was penalised for tripping Paul Boertien and Burton coolly planted the ball in the bottom corner for his hat-trick. <P class=MsoNormal><B>Spurs Reserves:</B> Walker, Hillier, Jackson, Doherty, Gardner, Toner (McEwen 64), King, Davies, Korsten, Armstrong (Fenn 77), Etherington. <P class=MsoNormal><B>Derby Reserves: </B>Fredrickson, Jackson, Higginbotham, Bohinen, Evatt, Hunt, Sturridge (Twigg 86), Murray, Burton, Boertien, Morris (Bolder 60). <P class=MsoNormal><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>