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Reserves give Chelsea the blues

Posted on 12 February 2003  - 12:00

FA Premier Reserve League South

Jonathan Blondel and Gary Doherty struck in the space of four minutes to secure a fine win for our reserves against Chelsea on Monday night.

It was no less than we deserved after bossing the majority of possession in an entertaining encounter at Stevenage Borough and although Chelsea had their moments, notably through the craft of Gabriele Ambrosetti down the left flank, clear-cut chances were few and far between.

Our starting line-up included seven players with Premiership experience with Darren Anderton, Ledley King, Alton Thelwell and Steve Clemence, all yet to feature this season, continuing their return from injury.

Chelsea also included Winston Bogarde, Albert Ferrer, Celestine Babayaro and John Terry.

After a cagey opening and couple of wayward pots at goal from Chelsea, we opened the scoring. Anderton's reverse pass was dummied by Doherty and Blondel, arriving fast from the left flank, drilled a low shot beyond the reach of Pidgeley into the bottom right corner.

Blondel, a bundle of energy throughout, then sparked the second goal four minutes later.

The Belgian starlet's quick feet and pace took him past three Chelsea players before finding Barnard on the right touchline. Barnard spotted Doherty at the far post, delivered the cross and the big man controlled well before volleying home from 15 yards.

It wasn't all Spurs though and Wolleaston's pace caught the eye for Chelsea and he created the visitors best opening of the half, a low cross somehow missed totally by Nicolas six yards out and then blasted over by Kneissl.

Marney, skipper for the night and always looking to bomb on, Carr like, down the right flank, cut his way past three defenders before his run was halted in front of goal by the last man.

Chances were few and far between at the start of the second half. Barnard's flicked header from Anderton's free-kick went straight into the thankful arms of Pidgeley and Ambrosetti whipped in a couple of dangerous low crosses that were begging to be tapped home.

The best move of the half with umpteen passes zipped around ended with Blondel's driven cross met at the same time by Doherty and Terry, the defender doing enough to take the pace off the ball while at the other end, Kneissl's low shot forced Hirschfeld into action for the first time.

Ambrosetti produced Chelsea's best moment 13 minutes from time. On the end of a flowing move, the left winger crashed in a shot destined for the top corner until Hirschfeld's acrobatic intervention tipped the effort over.

Line-ups: Spurs Reserves: Hirschfeld, Marney, Thelwell (Kelly, 45), Ricketts (Snee, 82), King, Gardner, Anderton, Clemence, Doherty, Barnard, Blondel. Subs: Bortolozzo, Burch, Slabber.

Chelsea Reserves: Pidgeley, Ferrer, Babayaro (Cousins, 60), Ross (Boussafa, 68), Terry, Bogarde (Huth, 45), Oliveira, Nicolas, Kneissl, Wolleaston, Ambrosetti. Unused subs: Alis, Wizik.