The Tottenham Hotspur Legends battled to a 4-1 win on Sunday over BAM Nuttal XI in a game watched by two of the club’s legendary former managers, Ossie Ardiles and Keith Burkinshaw.
Defenders John Lacy and Justin Edinburgh returned to action at the back in the charity match, with David Howells, Steve Sedgley and Mark Falco also among the Lilywhites’ ranks.
Opponents Bam Nuttall stormed out of the blocks and spurned a couple of early chances before finally taking the lead on eight minutes with a free header at the back post.
At the other end, a cross from Darren Anderton was fired wide by midfielder Kevin Watson, while an attempted lob from Anderton dropped just over the bar.
In the dying moments of the first half, Anderton drilled a low shot through a crowded 18-yard box, but the ball was somehow kept out by the goalkeeper’s hand as he dived low to his right.
Spurs restored parity three minutes into the second half. David Howells was fouled in the area, but he was soon back on his feet to dispatch the resulting penalty into the bottom corner of the net.
The Legends pushed forward in an effort to take the lead, but they found the BAM defence in good form.
On 73 minutes, Anderton sent in a great cross from the right, but substitute Trevor Wilkinson’s effort was blocked by the keeper at point blank range.
Spurs finally exerted their authority in the final 10 minutes and went on to win the game thanks to a headed goal from Wilkinson and a late brace by Steve Slade.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, John Lacy, Tony Galvin, Justin Edinburgh, Mark Stimson, Kevin Watson, Garry Brooke, Steve Sedgley, David Howells, Mark Falco, Darren Anderton. Subs: Terry Gibson, Andy Polston, Steve Slade, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett.
Hot on the heels of this hard-fought victory, the Spurs Legends are back in action this coming Sunday at AFC Hornchurch in Essex.
The veterans side, which regularly features the likes of Tony Galvin, Justin Edinburgh, Mark Falco and Stuart Nethercott, are set to take on Tower Hamlets Veterans in a fundraising match for a friend of Tower Hamlets’ who is seriously ill.
The match kicks-off at 2pm at AFC Hornchurch, Bridge Avenue, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2LX. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £1 for children and will be available on the day.
Former Leicester City star Muzzy Izzet and ex-Millwall and Rangers midfielder Terry Hurlock are scheduled to play for Tower Hamlets against the ex-White Hart Lane favourites.
With thanks to Billy Shaw.