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Posted on 20 July 2012  - 11:13

Our Spurs Legends team - including Phil Beal, now 67 - have maintained their fine form with another two wins.

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On Sunday, the team including Beal - who played over 400 times for us between 1963-75 - toppled Torbay Police 5-3 in Devon.

That followed a fine 4-3 win against a Norwich City side that included the likes of Dion Dublin and Darren Huckerby in their ranks.

Here are the latest reports - with thanks to Billy Shaw...

Torbay Police 3, Spurs Legends 5

It was the boys in form against the boys in blue on Sunday as the well-travelled Spurs Legends team capped off a fine week with a 5-3 victory over Torbay Police in Devon.

Going into the match having scalped Norwich City Vets the week before in Lowestoft, the team of ex-White Hart Lane favourites once again came back from going a goal down in the opening minutes at the Devon County Ground in Newton Abbot, with David Howells capping a sparkling performance with a hat-trick in the South West.

Also outstanding was former defender Phil Beal – now in his mid-sixties – who impressed the 1,500-plus crowd in attendance with an energetic display at right-back, tracking back and hassling the Police’s left-winger with a swift turn of pace that belied his years!

That lingering tendency to concede early on haunted the lads once again, as the Police scored inside the opening 60 seconds through Josh Marshall.

Fighting fit after his 10k run in London that rendered him unavailable for the previous weekend’s clash with Norwich, David Howells was back with a vengeance and swiftly netted a lovely goal to bring Spurs back level on nine minutes. Ruel Fox followed up some great foot work by crossing in from the left, with Howells making a diagonal run that disected the path of the ball, gleefully flicking it beyond the Torbay goalkeeper with a sublime header on the turn.

The Police were lucky not to concede again shortly afterwards, as Stuart Nethercott’s header from a Paul Miller corner deflected off a Torbay defender and was pushed onto the bar by the keeper, with Justin Edinburgh’s close-range shot from the rebound being blocked on the line.

Fox added his own touch of class to proceedings on 25 minutes as he worked himself into a shooting position and let fly from 25 yards, the ball nestling into the top corner to put Spurs in front.

Two outstanding saves from Tottenham keeper Gareth Howells ensured the visitors went in at half-time still in the lead.

And it was David Howells who extended that advantage just after the hour mark, sliding in to guide the ball home after substitute Micky Jarrett set him up at the near post.

Howells completed his treble 11 minutes later from the penalty spot, sending the keeper the wrong way after Fox had been brought down inside the six-yard box.

A 35-yard screamer from Tom Henry gave Torbay some hope, but it was game over for sure when Fox’s free kick was saved by the keeper and Justin Edinburgh stole in to score from the rebound on 77 minutes.

There was still time for a consolation goal for the Police, with James Stock emphatically firing home after a break-away from the hosts.

Spurs Legends (v Torbay Police): Gareth Howells, Phil Beal, Richard Cooke, Paul Miller, Stuart Nethercott, John Lacy, David Howells, Justin Edinburgh, Ruel Fox, Garry Brooke, Clive Wilson. Subs: Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam.

Norwich City Vets 3-4 Spurs Legends

The lead changed hands three times at Lowestoft Town as the star-studded sides battled it out in an enthralling contest, but two goals in the final few minutes saw Spurs escape with the win, although the Canaries hit the post with the last kick of the game.

Representatives from both teams talked up their chances at a sit-down dinner function the night before the game, and consensus was that Tottenham might rue the older average age among their squad.

But apparently the ex-White Hart Lane favourites didn’t read the script as the previously unbeaten Canaries were put to the sword!

Midfield dynamo Paul McVeigh, who has turned out for both Spurs Legends and Norwich Vets this year, lined up for the Canaries, who were bossed by Dale Gordon.

Norwich also lined up with Dion Dublin and the fast-paced Darren Huckerby among their number, but Huckerby met his match in Spurs defender Chris Perry, whose numerous expertly-timed challenges thwarted some of the 36-year-old’s blistering attacks.

With the age factor in mind, Tottenham started the game with a five-man defence, with Perry, Stuart Nethercott and John Lacy in the middle, flanked by Paul Miller on the right and Tony Galvin on the left.

Huckerby clipped a low shot wide of the far post on five minutes, while at the other end, a chip from Andy Sinton dropped just beyond the back stick with the Norwich goalkeeper beaten.

Norwich’s Leon McKenzie powerfully headed the ball into the net on 10 minutes, but he was ruled off-side and the goal never stood.

The Canaries took the lead a minute later when the ball ricocheted off several bodies at the edge of the Spurs 18-yard box, before breaking to Huckerby who coolly slotted home.

Two minutes later, though, Tottenham had an unlikely equaliser. Paul Miller’s corner was floated into the box, and Stuart Nethercott was there to head the ball beyond the keeper at his left-hand post.

The game was turned on its head on 15 minutes. With the linesman flagging Tottenham’s Ruel Fox off-side, the Norwich defenders froze as they waited for the referee’s whistle. Fox, though, never touched the ball as it was floated in over the top of the midfield, and with Fox not having interfered with play, Sinton stole in from an on-side position and lobbed the goalkeeper to put Tottenham in front.

A long ball down the left from Mark Falco found Fox shortly afterwards, but the midfielder – playing against another of his former clubs – was denied by the keeper.

Leon McKenzie hit the bar at the other end with a header, before Perry made a superb covering tackle to prevent Darren Eadie from going clean through on goal.

Alex Notman levelled the game at 2-2 with a thunderbolt from outside the area on 27 minutes, while another ex-Canary among Tottenham’s ranks in the form of Garry Brooke coaxed a fine save from the Norwich custodian.

Tottenham were forced to make a number of changes at half-time, and it was only a matter of time before Norwich regained the lead. Huckerby pulled the ball back for Iwan Roberts to slot home on 62 minutes.

Spurs substitute Micky Jarrett headed the ball home nine minutes later, but this time it was Tottenham who were denied by an off-side flag.

The Lilywhites stole an equaliser on 80 minutes, as guest player Stevie Calver nodded home following a cross from the left.

And as the clock ticked into stoppage time, Jarrett played a superb one-two with a team-mate before emphatically firing home for Tottenham’s winner.

There was still time for some late drama though, as Norwich hit the post with the last kick of the game.

Spurs Legends (v Norwich City Vets): Rhys Madden, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, Chris Perry, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Justin Edinburgh, John Lacy, Andy Sinton, Ruel Fox, Mark Falco. Subs: Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam, Stewart Alexander, Stevie Calver.