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Reserves rammed!

Posted on 13 November 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).

A young reserve side was beaten 2-0 in the top-of-the-table clash at Derby County's famous Baseball Ground on Monday night.

Seven players aged 21 or under started the FA Premier Reserve League showdown and could justifably claim that their efforts deserved more.

In the end, unfortunately, a rare mistake from goalkeeper Gavin Kelly provided the home side with the crucial opening goal when perhaps their best chances had been wasted.

That goal came after 58 minutes and 10 minutes later the result was all-but wrapped up when Gary Twigg slammed home the second.

We certainly deserved a share of the spoils against another young, bright, enthusiastic Rams outfit and we didn't reap the rewards some of our probing play warranted.

The outstanding John Piercy (pictured) led by example with the captain's armband on and was at the heart of most our play from central midfield.

His corner led to the first attempt on goal via Alton Thelwell's header and two 25-yard shots were just wide of the mark after 22 and 29 minutes.

In-between the impressive Twigg somehow managed to miss the target from five yards and the same player looked certain to score after a one-two with Adam Bolden only for Ben Thatcher to appear from nowhere to block in front of goal.

Ian Evatt sliced another good chance wide for the home side before the best opportunity of the half - Steven Ferguson beat Oakes to a long ball and squared to Yannick Kamanan but with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the in-form striker's shot was blocked by Otto Bragstad.

With a chill wind gathering momentum on a dour Midlands night, Dean Marney, just 17, drilled a chance across goal within a minute of the restart and Lewis Hunt's outstretched leg denied Ferguson a clear run on goal.

Then disaster. Matt O'Halloran floated in a free-kick from the right touchline and Kelly, unchallenged, allowed the ball to slip from his grasp and Bragstad rifled home the loose ball for 1-0.

Piercy took a grip on the game again as first a 35-yard half-volley went straight at Oakes and then a pinpoint cross found Kamanan at the far post only for the 20-year-old to this time head wide.

The second goal soon followed. With 69 minutes on the clock Paul Boertien's deep cross was pulled back from the byline by Jackson and Twigg was there to smash the ball into the roof of the net.

Undetered, we still drove forward. Ben Bowditch, who seemed to grow in confidence as the game wore on, dragged a volley wide and Goran Bunjevcevic turned and shot just over from 20 yards.

The night was just about summed up in injury time when Piercy's corner was only punched to the edge of the box by Oakes but he still managed to tip Bowditch's return volley wide while on the floor.

Piercy rightly had the final word with another effort straight at Oakes. It just wasn't his or his team's night.

Derby County Reserves: Oakes, Jackson, Boertien, Bragstad, Hunt, Elliott, Murray, Twigg, Evatt, Bolder, O'Halloran. Unused subs: Mills, Camp, McKeown, Molloy, Weckstrom.

Spurs Reserves: Kelly, Thelwell, Thatcher, Piercy, Gardner, Bunjevcevic, Marney (Galbraith, 74), Consorti, Ferguson (Sutton, 85), Kamanan, Bowditch. Unused subs: Jalal, O'Donoghue, Hughes.