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RESERVES WIN AGAIN

Posted on 21 March 2006  - 12:00

Andy Reid and Lee Barnard edged our reserves a step nearer the title as we overcame Leicester City 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Andy Reid and Lee Barnard edged our reserves a step nearer the title as we overcame Leicester City 2-0 on Tuesday night.

It was a scrappy - some would say 'ugly' - rather than spectacular win at Hinckley United FC but exactly the type of victory titles are made of.

Pushed all the way by a young, competitive Foxes side, we finally edged ahead thanks to Reid's wonderfully clean strike a minute before the interval and wrapped up our 13th win in the last 14 matches when Barnard bagged goal number 19 of the campaign three minutes from time. Both Barnard and Kieran McKenna made successful returns from injury.

In-between the goals, it was tough going at times. We had the better chances of the opening exchanges - most notably Rab Douglas' point-blank save to deny Tom Huddlestone - but Foxes plugged away and wouldn't let the likes of Reid, Johnnie Jackson and Hossam Ghaly settle in midfield.

The first goal was always going to be the key and it arrived with 44 minutes on the clock.

It was a fine goal as well with Kieran McKenna, Andy Barcham, Barnard and Dean Marney all involved down the right side before the ball finally arrived at Ghaly in the box. His first cross was blocked but he calmy lifted the second attempt over the defender into the path of Reid who half-volleyed a bullet into the corner.

Typifying the night, Leicester came racing back at us and a matter of seconds later were cursing their luck as Hamill's shot cannoned back off the crossbar.

The second half followed a similar pattern and although we carved out a number of openings, we couldn't quite get it right in front of goal. Unusually, Barnard was the main culprit as he failed to get enough on Marney's driven cross and then missed the ball completely from Stuart Lewis' cutback.

Leicester failed to seriously trouble Radek Cerny although they kept probing away and a second goal was needed. That clincher arrived via Barnard in the 87th minute, this time the striker made no mistake from what was his hardest chance of half, showing fine technique to volley Reid's deep cross back across Douglas and into the far corner.

GUIDE TO THE ACTION

3mins: Barnard swivelled and hooked Daniels' cross over from 10 yards.

10mins: Jackson fizzed free-kick just wide from 30 yards.

15mins: Jackson's corner fell at feet of Huddlestone, Douglas there to make point-blank save.

16mins: Haapala drove just wide from 25 yards.

19mins: Porter skills and cross from the left found Gradel in space far post, had time but went for volley, struck into ground and over.

31mins: Marney released Barcham in left channel, twisted left and right before shooting over.

35mins: Huddlestone important touch as Dodds went up for Gradel's cross.

39mins: Ghaly found Barnard, one defender to beat, shifted onto his right foot but Douglas stood firm to save with legs.

44mins: GOAL. Great move down the right involving Barcham, McKenna and Barnard, ball eventually went to Ghaly wide right, he picked out Reid at far post and Reid smashed home half-volley. 1-0.

44mins: WOODWORK. Play straight up the other end, loose ball in box fell to Hamill who struck crossbar from 12 yards.

Half-time: Leicester City 0, Spurs 1

47mins: Marney fired across goal, Barnard ready to pounce at near post but didn't get enough on it.

48mins: Marney lashed just wide from the right corner of the box.

51mins: Barcham onto ball over the top, managed to get away from defender but smashed over from 16 yards.

55mins: Hamill volley deflected just wide with Cerny scrambling to reach it.

65mins: Reid started move, Lewis got to byline and crossed for Barnard to tap in - striker missed connection in front of goal.

69mins: Barcham did well to keep ball alive and laid back for Reid who sliced well wide.

87mins: GOAL. Martin laid ball back for Reid who hit high, outswinging cross met by Barnard on the volley at the far post, tucking it back across Douglas into the far corner. 2-0.

Injury time: Good work from Marney down the right, got to the byline, drove in cross that fell at Barnard's feet but he fired over.

Full-time: Leicester City 0, Spurs 2

Line-ups: Leicester City: Douglas, Smedley, Wykes, Porter, Lycett, Franklin, Gradel (Odihambo, 80), Haapala, Walker, Dodds, Hamill. Subs: Logan, Mattock, King, Norval.

Spurs: Cerny, McKenna, Daniels (Martin, 46), Huddlestone, Bunjevcevic, Marney, Ghaly, Jackson, Reid, Barnard, Barcham. Subs: Lewis, Burch, Maghoma, Davis.