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Reserves sting Hornets

Posted on 21 February 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 <P class=MsoNormal>Watford 1 Spurs 2<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></B><P class=MsoNormal>The reserves followed the first team&rsquo&#59;s lead as youth grabbed its chance to shine at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.<P class=MsoNormal>Boss Chris Hughton started with five Under-19 players &mdash&#59; Andrew Burke, his debut at this level, Destin Makumbu, John Jackson, Steven Ferguson and Yannick Kamanan &mdash&#59; and both Ferguson and Kamanan hit the target in an impressive win.<P class=MsoNormal>We looked tight defensively all night with the experience of Ian Walker marshalling the back line while Andy Booth proved a fine foil for both Ferguson, Kamanan and the likes of John Piercy, Jackson and Ciaran Toner, always willing to join in offensively from midfield.<P class=MsoNormal>We had the first chance in the 11h minute when Watford keeper Richard Lee misjudged Jackson&rsquo&#59;s corner but managed to save John Piercy&rsquo&#59;s fierce drive on the ground. Jackson blasted the rebound over.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>Five minutes later Ferguson controlled, swivelled and shot just over, Ian Hillier&rsquo&#59;s 25-yard free-kick was a yard off target and after 20 minutes, Booth headed just wide.<P class=MsoNormal>The home side&rsquo&#59;s first effort followed after 26 minutes as Stephen Armstrong cut in from the left only to drag his shot wide from 18 yards.<P class=MsoNormal>Hillier&rsquo&#59;s long throw caused havoc and was flicked inches wide by a defender and moments later, with 37 minutes on the clock, the deadlock was broken.<P class=MsoNormal>Booth&rsquo&#59;s control and lay-off to Jackson started the move, Jackson found Ferguson and he found Piercy charging into the box. The wing-back&rsquo&#59;s first shot was beaten out by Lee, his effort from the rebound crashed off the underside of the bar only for Kamanan <I>(pictured) </I>to drill the loose ball home.<P class=MsoNormal>Booth headed Piercy&rsquo&#59;s fine cross over after 40 minutes and with corners and crosses causing all sorts of problems for the Hornets, Booth forced Lee into action again from Piercy&rsquo&#59;s in-swinger and the keeper flapped at Jackson&rsquo&#59;s free-kick that Ferguson headed over from close range.<P class=MsoNormal>Our second goal came just two minutes into the second half and it was classic route-one stuff. Ian Walker launched a clearance upfield, Watford&rsquo&#59;s defence were square and static and Ferguson needed no second invitation to nod the ball around Lee and tap into an open goal.<P class=MsoNormal>Kamanan was next a ball over the top, shooting straight at Lee from a tight angle and at other other end, Armstrong elected to square the ball when a shooting opportunity looked on.<P class=MsoNormal>Perpetuini tested Walker for the first time after 70 minutes as his shot from distance took a nasty bounce in front of the keeper, who dealt with it with few problems and Lee Cook shot straight at Walker from the corner of the box eight minutes later.<P class=MsoNormal>Watford clawed a goal back with nine minutes left. Armstrong curled in a fine free-kick and James Okoll, eight yards out, headed powerfully past Walker, who managed to get a hand to the effort but couldn&rsquo&#59;t keep it out.<P class=MsoNormal>The only down side were three yellow cards (Burke, Ferguson and Fenn) and a somewhat mysterious sending off of Piercy by referee Mr Graham in the 88<SUP>th</SUP> minute, presumably for dissent.<P class=MsoNormal><B>Watford:</B> Lee, Neill, Perpetuini (Matthews 45), Okoll, Doyley, Ifil, Swonnell, Armstrong, Forde (Edghill 89), Easton, Cook. Unused subs: Hughes, Williams, Godfrey.<P class=MsoNormal><B>Spurs:</B> Walker, Hillier, Burke, Toner, Gardner, Makumbu, Piercy, Jackson, Booth (Fenn 75), Ferguson, Kamanan. Unused subs: Attwell, Consorti, Quilter, Snee.