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RESERVES HELD

Posted on 6 December 2006  - 12:00

Our reserves maintained their unbeaten record in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South with a 1-1 draw against Fulham on Wednesday night.

Our reserves maintained their unbeaten record in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South with a 1-1 draw against Fulham on Wednesday night.

Andy Barcham latched onto Charlie Daniels' pass to put the lads 1-0 up after 37 minutes but Fulham levelled it three minutes into the second half when Ehui's shot deflected off Jamie O'Hara and left Robert Burch stranded.

The result sees Clive Allen's men stretch their unbeaten run to eight matches this term and just one defeat in 26 league games going back to last November.

It was a game that lacked a little fluency under the low lighting of Fulham's Motspur Park training ground until the opening goal, but there was an early possibility for Tomas Pekhart when he hooked Daniels' powerful cross goalwards and stretched home keeper Ricardo Batista, while Burch saved well from Chris James at the other end.

Fulham could have levelled right on half-time when Bjorn Runstrom - who came on as a sub at the Lane earlier this season - drilled just past Burch's left hand upright, but the home side did have their moment not long after the break.

Clive's young side did respond to the setback and carved out a number of chances to regain the advantage, most notably two free-kicks - one each from Reto Ziegler and O'Hara - that the slightest connection with an attacking head would surely have led to a goal.

A superb mazy run from O'Hara should later have yielded more reward when the midfielder slotted in substitute Jake Livermore in front of goal, but his shot was fielded by Batista, before Barcham saw his effort cleared off the line by Joe Anderson on 70 minutes. Ten minutes later O'Hara looked set to break the deadlock from a Barcham cut back from the right and it took the shoulder of a defender to divert his rising drive wide.

"I am disappointed really because we certainly didn't play in the manner we have done for many a game," reacted Clive afterwards. "I've made them aware of that and they understand my thoughts.

"It was a very fast top, very firm and quick - and we didn't adjust to the conditions in the right way. Our passing let us down and we didn't express the quality we have in the side. Fulham were a young and enthusiastic team and I would have hoped for us to control the game in a better way."

THE LINE-UPS

Fulham: Batista, Moncur, Omozusi, Watts, Zakuani, Collins, James, Brown, Ehui, Runstrom, Goncalzes. Subs: Etheridge, Anderson, Saunders, Hudson-Odoi.

Spurs: Burch, Hughton (Martin 80), Ifil, Mills, Ziegler, Lewis, McKenna (Livermore 45), O'Hara, Barcham, Pekhart, Daniels. Subs: Button, Hutton, Casey.