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Reserves get the blues

Posted on 24 January 2001  - 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).

<B>FA PREMIER RESERVE LEAGUE<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></B><P class=MsoNormal><B>Chelsea Reserves 4 Spurs Reserves 2</B><P class=MsoNormal>Chris Hughton&rsquo&#59;s reserve side suffered a fifth defeat of the season to joint-leaders Chelsea at a rain-swept Kingsmeadow on Tuesday night.<P class=MsoNormal>Hans Segers, Ben Thatcher and Oyvind Leonhardsen took their places in a strong second string but Chelsea fielded an equally, if not more potent side with Ed De Goey, Bernard Lambourde, Graeme Le Saux, Jody Morris, Jon Harley, Mario Stanic and Jesper Gronkjaer on show.<P class=MsoNormal>The opening stages were a stalemate with Spurs, looking a touch ring rusty after seven weeks without competitive football, struggling to find a rhythm to their play.<P class=MsoNormal>Chelsea took the lead after 13 minutes when a corner was cleared as far as Morris, whose low drive beat an unsighted Segers low to his left.<P class=MsoNormal>The Blues continued to pile on pressure and Thatcher denied nifty striker Leon Knight what looked certain goal after 22 minutes with a last-ditch tackle.<P class=MsoNormal>After 25 minutes we had our first real chance when from a quick break involving Leonhardsen and Korsten the Dutchman forced his countryman De Goey to save with his feet from a low angled drive from the left.<P class=MsoNormal>The impressive Gronkjaer was replaced on the half-hour but Chelsea&rsquo&#59;s attacking threat continued as Knight rounded Segers only to shoot behind from an acute angle.<P class=MsoNormal>Slightly against the run of play we levelled on the stroke of half-time.<P class=MsoNormal>From a corner Anthony Gardner had his goalbound header cleared off line and the ball fell to Matthew Etherington <I>(pictured)</I> to blast into the top corner from only yards out for his first competitive goal for Spurs.<P class=MsoNormal>We imposed ourselves on the game to a greater degree in the second half as Etherington made considerable inroads down the left. Leonhardsen broke through on the hour but dragged his effort wide.<P class=MsoNormal>We were on top but it was Chelsea who scored the next goal after 64 minutes when a cross from Rati Aleksidze was met on the volley by Knight for a sweet finish.<P class=MsoNormal>With 20 minutes remaining Chris Hughton introduced recent capture Steve Ferguson and John Piercy for Korsten and Hillier and within seconds Ferguson shot just wide from 25 yards.<P class=MsoNormal>With two minutes remaining Chelsea added another goal to their tally when Stanic beat Segers with a side-footed drive from the right-hand side of the area.<P class=MsoNormal>The deficit was reduced a minute later when a run and pass from Piercy was converted by Ferguson for his first reserve goal.<P class=MsoNormal>But Chelsea restored the two-goal margin in injury time when a cross from Rob Wolleaston was met by Knight at the near post for his second and a slightly flattering final scoreline.<P class=MsoNormal><B>Chelsea Reserves: </B>De Goey, Lambourde, Le Saux (Wolleaston), Broad, Cummings, Morris, Stanic, Harley, Alexsidze, Knight, Gronkjaer (Pitt).<P class=MsoNormal><B>Spurs Reserves:</B> Segers, Hillier (Piercy), Thatcher, Toner, Thelwell, Gardner, Davies, Leonhardsen, McEwen, Korsten (Ferguson), Etherington. Unused subs: Attwell, Fenn, Jackson.<P class=MsoNormal><I>By Richard Hubbard at Kingsmeadow</I><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;