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Reserves back on track

Posted on 11 October 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

<B>FRIENDLY<P class=MsoNormal>Stevenage Borough 0 Spurs Reserves 3</B><P class=MsoNormal>Chris Hughton&rsquo&#59;s reserve outfit took the first steps in erasing the painful memories of last week&rsquo&#59;s 5-0 humiliation at Charlton with a bright display in Tuesday night&rsquo&#59;s friendly at Stevenage Borough.<P class=MsoNormal>Goals from Stephen Clemence, John Piercy and Willem Korsten capped a fine night&rsquo&#59;s work with the added plus of Anthony Gardner coming through his first 90 minutes of the season unscathed.<P class=MsoNormal>Ian Hillier set the tone with a deflected shot in the first minute but Stevenage responded in the eighth minute when Richard Leadbetter poked a shot just wide.<P class=MsoNormal>Korsten&rsquo&#59;s movement up front caused Stevenage problems all night and he forced a fine save from Paul Wilkerson in the 12<SUP>th</SUP> minute after spinning onto Piercy&rsquo&#59;s pass.<P class=MsoNormal>The home side then carved out their best chance. Leadbetter&rsquo&#59;s delightful flick sent Dean Martin through on goal but Gavin Kelly responded with a superb right-handed save &mdash&#59; Martin popped the rebound over the bar.<P class=MsoNormal>Korsten, pictured right, created the opening goal after 27 minutes. Clemence threaded the ball through and the Dutchman beat Rob Miller only for the full-back to&nbsp&#59;bring him down in the area. Clemence made no mistake from the penalty spot.<P class=MsoNormal>Northern Irish trialist Shay Campbell fired over from 30 yards then Piercy hit the post from a narrow angle after Ledley King&rsquo&#59;s break and Jose Dominguez&rsquo&#59;s deep cross from the byline.<P class=MsoNormal>Chris Armstrong then smacked the underside of the bar from Piercy&rsquo&#59;s pinpoint pass and Wilkerson had to be alert to save another deflected effort from Hillier.<P class=MsoNormal>Stevenage made a host of substitutions at half-time but it made little difference as we dictated the second period from start to finish.<P class=MsoNormal>Goalkeeper Chris Taylor did well to block Armstrong&rsquo&#59;s snap shot after 52 minutes and Yannick Kamanan thought he&rsquo&#59;d scored 10 minutes later only for referee Mark Halsey to pull play back for a foul.<P class=MsoNormal>Paul Armstrong hit Borough&rsquo&#59;s best chance straight at Kelly and play broke to the other end with the pace of Matthew Etherington taking him to the byline only for Piercy to scoop over under pressure.<P class=MsoNormal>Piercy made amends after 66 minutes with the second goal. It was the same combination as Etherington slid the ball through and this time Piercy made no mistake from his one-on-one chance.<IMG align=left src="../title_images/001011_piercy_action.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>Piercy, pictured, broke through again five minutes later but this time Taylor saved with his feet and Kamanan raced onto Clemence&rsquo&#59;s pass after 72 minutes only to drag his shot wide.<P class=MsoNormal>Korsten wrapped it up in fine style with a deserved goal. Picking up the ball 40 yards out, he beat four players in a drive through the middle before calmly lifting the ball over the advancing Taylor.<P class=MsoNormal><B>Spurs Reserves: </B>Kelly, Campbell (Saker 88), Hillier (Consorti 88), Gardner, Lacy, Piercy (Norbert 75), Clemence, King, Dominguez (Etherington 45), Armstrong (Kamanan 58), Korsten (McEwen 88).<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p>