David Howells, Andy Sinton and Stuart Nethercott were among the scorers as the Spurs Legends XI hit back from an early three-goal deficit to hit double-figures in a charity match on Sunday.
Up against a representative side from the Development of Pancreatic Cancer Research charity (DPCR), who were managed by former Spurs midfielder John Pratt, the ex-White Hart Lane stars found themselves 3-0 and 4-1 down but upped their game and ultimately came away from the match at Ebbsfleet United FC with a resounding 10-5 victory under their belts.
The match was seemingly weathered by all four seasons, with the cold driving rain turning to lukewarm sunshine as quickly as it turned back to rain in a tricky first half for Spurs.
By the 18-minute mark, the former Tottenham stars found themselves three goals down.
Sinton forced a good stop from the opposing goalkeeper at the other end, while Howells later headed wide after getting on the end of a Clive Wilson cross.
Tottenham pulled a goal back on 35 minutes when Glen Southam crossed for Mark Stimson to sweep home from close range, but DPCR restored their three-goal cushion almost immediately following an attack down the right.
The Legends hit back with goals from Howells and Southam shortly before the break to cut their opposition’s lead to 4-3 at half-time.
Five minutes after the restart it was all square as Sinton got to the byline on the right and crossed for Howells to slot home.
Three minutes later Spurs were in front as a DPCR player turned the ball into his own net from a Clive Wilson cross.
The goals started flying in thick and fast for the Legends as Southam and substitute Micky Jarrett helped themselves to right-footed strikes.
On 63 minutes, Southam sent a ball over the top of the DPCR defence and found Sinton, who fired home to make it 8-4.
The charity side pulled one back following an attack down the left on 78 minutes, but there was still time in the closing stages for two more Tottenham goals.
First, Jarrett crossed for Nethercott to slot home from inside the box, before Micky Southam – having come on as a substitute for his brother Glen – left two defenders grounded with a winding run before firing past the goalkeeper to send Spurs into double figures.
Spurs Legends: Tony Tillbrook (sub: Gareth Howells), Tim O’Shea, Tony Galvin (sub: Neil Smith), Andy Polston (sub: Micky Jarrett), Stuart Nethercott, Warren Gravette (sub: Steve Johnston), Clive Wilson, Mark Stimson, Andy Sinton, Glen Southam (sub: Micky Southam), David Howells. Sub not used: Garry Brooke.
With thanks to Billy Shaw...