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Kingstonian 2-1 Tottenham XI

Posted on 10 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Boss Chris Hughton admitted he was a little disappointed as the reserves' unbeaten pre-season record ground to a halt on Wednesday night. We travelled to Kingsmeadow Stadium to take on the Conference outfit and Wembley winners last season for ex-Spur Dave Leworthy's benefit match.

Fielding a strong team including Simon Davies, Luke Young, Chris Armstrong - all three first-team regulars this summer - Gary Doherty and Ruel Fox, we conceded sloppy goals to trail 2-0 before John Piercy, right, pulled one back in the second half.

After a bright start we found ourselves 2-0 down by the break. The first goal was a fine strike after we failed to clear properly while the second, scored by Leworthy, came courtesy of a defensive mix-up. Piercy finished well from Davies' pass in a much-improved second half display but we couldn't haul ourselves level.

Hughton said: "We knew we were up against a higher-quality team than we have faced so far but I felt we fell below the standards we've set. We started well but then conceded two poor goals. As a unit we've defended well but we've let a couple of goals in like that. Once it was 2-0 we were always facing an uphill battle.

"We were better in the second half and upped our work rate but we struggled to transfer possession into good goalscoring opportunities. It was disappointing because things have gone well up to now and this a little backward step. We've seen plenty of progress and I 'd now like to see us put a few of these things right."

That opportunity will come in the reserves' next outing against St Albans at Clarence Park on Monday (7.30pm).

Spurs: Kelly, Hillier, Jackson, Davies, Thelwell, Young, Fox, Fenn, Doherty, Armstrong (McEwen 55), Piercy.
Not used: Consorti, Kamanan,