A sparkling hat-trick from David Howells capped a fine performance by the Spurs Legends team as they ran out 8-0 winners against Wapping Warriors Old Boys on Sunday at The Hive, Barnet FC’s training ground.
Howells, who linked up well with midfield maestro Darren Anderton, headed in two goals before half-time before firing home his third after the interval.
The match, held to raise funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity, also saw Chris Perry return to Legends action at the back while Mark Falco partnered Howells up front.
Spurs had a lucky escape early on when Barnet FC assistant manager Giuliano Grazioli – a guest player for the Warriors – found the Lilywhites short at the back and surged forward. Right-back Richard Cooke brought Grazioli down but the Warriors failed to capitalise from the resulting free kick and the floodgates opened soon after.
Mark Stimson, himself a former Barnet manager, opened the scoring for Spurs on 20 minutes, before Garry Brooke rattled the crossbar with a 35-yard strike that sailed over the Warriors goalkeeper.
The stopper then made an acrobatic save to deny Darren Anderton, but he could do nothing to stop Howells nodding home Anderton’s cross on 26 minutes to double the advantage.
Howells headed home his second of the match on the half-hour mark, while Falco had a shot saved from close range as Spurs headed into half-time with a comfortable three goal lead.
The Legends went 4-0 up on 62 minutes when Anderton laid the ball back for substitute Steve Slade to curl a right-footed effort up and over the goalkeeper and into the far top corner of the net. Slade doubled his tally eight minutes later when he slotted home after a fantastic through ball by Trevor Wilkinson, before an own goal in the 72nd minute gave Spurs a 6-0 advantage.
To their credit, the Warriors never gave up, although they nearly fell further behind when Anderton once again teed up Howells, whose fierce shot cannoned off the bar.
On 78 minutes Howells completed his treble. Anderton’s cheeky back-heel set him free inside the 18-yard box, but after his initial shot was saved, he spooned the ball over the grounded custodian and into the net from the rebound.
Howells turned provider in the 89th minute when he fed Wilkinson to complete the scoring.
Warriors would have netted a consolation in stoppage time had it not been for a wonder save from Legends goalkeeper Gareth Howells.
The brother of Tottenham’s hat-trick hero palmed away a long-range shot at full stretch, before expertly tipping the ball away from the resulting corner when it appeared to be curling straight into the goal.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Richard Cooke, Tony Galvin, Chris Perry, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Darren Anderton, Andy Polston, Mark Stimson, Mark Falco, David Howells. Subs: Steve Slade, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett, Andy Edmonds.