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Reserves are Dons for

Posted on 12 February 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Our inexperienced reserve side fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Wimbledon at Kingstonian on Monday night.

On a glue pot of a pitch, a goal in each half was enough for the home side to register full points in a match that Spurs never really established a foothold. A young team, missing the experience and drive of skipper John Piercy, struggled to make an impact attacking-wise and if it were not for the heroics of keeper Gavin Kelly the scoreline could have made worse reading.

The tone of the match was set in the opening minute when a swift Gareth Ainsworth break down the right stretched our rearguard and Jobi McAnuff fired just wide. The Dons enjoyed most of the possession for the next 25 minutes, but to little effect, with Alton Thelwell, Paul O'Donoghue and Ronnie Henry holding firm.

But on 34 minutes the deadlock was broken and Wimbledon went ahead. Gavin Bolger twisted and turned in the penalty area before firing a low shot goalwards that cannoned off the unsighted Kelly and flew high into the net.

A physically stronger Wimbledon had Colin Calderwood's young charges firmly on the back foot.

Dave Galbraith, suffering with what appeared to be a groin injury, was replaced at half-time by Lee Barnard as the teams emerged for the second period to driving rain and swirling wind.

Wimbledon continued to press and Henry reacted smartly to clear a Mark Williams effort off the line following a corner. The speedy Adam Nowland then dispossessed O'Donoghue and shot at Kelly with the rebound falling kindly and requiring a brave block from Thelwell. Ian Selley then rattled Kelly's upright with another stinging drive.

Dons keeper Tommaso Berni was then called into action and saved bravely at the feet of Stevie Ferguson who broke through at some speed. The Scot and his striking partner John Sutton had become increasingly isolated up to this point.

Spurs then began to edge into the game and trouble the Wimbledon back line for the first time, but it was Kelly who was next called on to make another fine save, this time a superb top corner tip over from substitute Neil Jenkins' free-kick.

The inevitable second goal followed on 63 minutes, Nowland sped through and slipped his shot past the unprotected Kelly to effectively finish the match as a contest.

Jamie Slabber replaced Sutton and Barnard joined him in attack after Mark Hughes entered in place of Ferguson. It was Barnard who came closest to reducing the deficit late in the game when he was found in the area. However, the ball came at speed and the youngster was unable to get a decent connection and stabbed his shot straight at the keeper.

Team: Kelly, Consorti, Henry, Thelwell, O'Donoghue, Toner, Snee, Jackson, Ferguson (Hughes 80), Sutton (Slabber 64), Galbraith (Barnard 45). Subs: Jalal, Kelly.

Wimbledon: Berni, Leigertwood, Kimble, Selley, Williams (Okikiolu 65), Willmott (Gier45), Ainsworth, Bolger, McAnuff, Nowland, Karlsson (Jenkins 45). Subs: Robinson, Gore.