FA PREMIER RESERVE LEAGUE
Derby County Reserves 2-2 Spurs Reserves
Charlie Daniels scored his first reserve goal and caught the eye as the second-string drew 2-2 with Derby County in a cracking encounter at Pride Park last night.
The young Academy winger opened the scoring in the first half of this FA Premier League encounter and was heavily involved as we created plenty of chances after the break.
Unfortunately we couldn't add to our 2-0 lead and Derby, inspired by a vocal home crowd at Pride Park, came storming back to grab a share of the spoils.
There were plenty of positive points though. As well as Daniels, we started with Phil Ifil, Mark Wright and Kieran McKenna - all 17 - in a back four alongside the experience of Goran Bunjevcevic. Andy Barcham, another first-year Academy player, started up front.
The first half started slowly but came to life when Lars Hirschfeld acrobatically beat away Junior's header.
It was one of three glorious chances that the Brazilian wasted and by the time the second arrived, his side were 2-0 down.
Daniels opened the scoring after 27 minutes, finishing clinically after controlling Dean Marney's crosfield pass in an instant.
Five minutes later it was 2-0 and another fine finish, this time Helder Postiga dinking the ball over Rams keeper Liam Richardson from John Jackson's pass.
Rams came charging back and Junior might have done better with two chances before the break. His first was slightly unfortunate, an overhead kick that went straight at Hirschfeld but he delayed enough to allow Jackson to put him off when he went through one-on-one.
The tempo went up a gear in the second half.
We were somehow denied a third goal when Richardson saved well from Barcham only for Daniels' rebound to flick off James Turner and wide.
Postiga fired just over and more excellent work from Daniels sent Barcham through again but Richardson came out on top.
Daniels headed over from close range from Jackson's free-kick with 70 minutes on the clock and there only looked one winner.
But the home side had something to say about that. Christopher Palmer's fine individual goal - cutting in from the right before firing low past Hirschfeld - gave them hope after 76 minutes and they cashed in four minutes later as Junior cut back from the byline for Adam Bolton to drive home from 16 yards.
McKenna was somewhat unfortunately sent off for a second yellow card after what appeared an honest aerial challenge with Lee Holmes with three minutes left but there was still time for us to almost win it - Jackson's header from Marney's deep cross spilled by Richardson but recovered in time with Barcham ready to pounce
Derby Reserves: Richardson, Turner, Nytanga, Doyle, Mills, Martin, Palmer, Bolder (Barnes, 81), Tome (Kemp, 45), Junior, Holmes (Wilkinson, 88). Unused subs: Kirby, Stockley.
Spurs Reserves: Hirschfeld, McKenna, Wright, Hughes, Ifil, Bunjevcevic, Marney, Barcham, Postiga (O'Hara 81), Jackson, Daniels. Subs not used: Forecast, Thyer, Stevens.