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Posted on 16 November 2009  - 12:00

A star-studded Spurs Legends XI line-up featuring the likes of Paul Allen, Graham Roberts, John Polsten and Garry Brooke lost out to a stunning late strike in a charity match against a Bill Nicholson pub representative side.    

Legends XI latest

A star-studded Spurs Legends XI line-up featuring the likes of Paul Allen, Graham Roberts, John Polsten and Garry Brooke lost out to a stunning late strike in a charity match against a Bill Nicholson pub representative side.

Legends regulars Mark Falco and Tony Galvin also turned out, as did Gary Stevens for the match at Wadham Lodge in Walthamstow, organised to raise money for Hopes & Dreams and the Iain Rennie Hospice chairites.

The Legends took the lead after only eight minutes as Falco's drive was expertly saved by the opposing keeper, but Brooke was on hand at the back post to finish well from an acute angle.

Falco was again denied mid-way through the first half by a fine save from the keeper after he got on the end of a cross from Mark Stimson.

The representative side equalised in the 25th minute when Steve Shelton's low shot ricocheted off a number of players in the Spurs area and squirmed into the bottom corner of the net.

And the game was turned on its head five minutes later when Andy Pursull's effort crept into the bottom corner despite the keeper getting a hand to it.

The Spurs keeper made a decent block to deny Pursull his second a few minutes later while a Brooke header at the other end was comfortable for the opposing stopper.

Roberts made a superb saving tackle right on the stroke of half-time to prevent Spurs falling further behind.

Ten minutes into the second half, substitute Steve Sedgley had the ball in the net, but his effort was ruled out for offside, while play was understandably held up by the referee after a throw-in from Falco after the ball had gone into touch by the Spurs dugout - there was nothing wrong with the throw, but Falco had already been substituted and seized upon the opportunity for a quick re-start despite the fact that he was inactive and was even clad in his benchwear!

A double substitution enforced by manager-for-the-day Micky Hazard saw Micky Jarrett and Andy Edmonds bring some fresh pace to the Legends' game.

Jarrett proved a handful up front, and it was no surprise when he did the spade work and set up a guest player to equalise for Spurs on 65 minutes.

But as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Luis Leis collected the ball 25 yards away from Spurs' goal and sent a piledriver crashing into the top corner to the appreciation of the crowd.

Spurs could have grabbed a late leveller when Jarrett's low cross had the keeper stranded at the near post, but Stimson went to ground under pressure from three defenders and was unable to touch it home.