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U18s take positives in defeat

Posted on 28 August 2010  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe declared himself happy despite a 4-2 home defeat for his Under-18s against West Brom in the Premier Academy League.

U18s take positives in defeat

Alex Inglethorpe declared himself happy despite a 4-2 home defeat for his Under-18s against West Brom in the Premier Academy League.

The reason to the be cheerful was a generally impressive performance from a comparatively young side.

Indeed, the starting XI included only three Second Year trainees - Jordan Archer, Callum Tapping and Jesse Waller Lassen - plus debutant Daniel Day and a first start in the PAL for James Yeboah.

The lads showed plenty of spirit to recover from 2-0 down before conceding a couple of poor goals defensively in the second half.

West Brom took the initiative with two goals in 10 minutes midway through the first half, the second from the penalty spot.

However, two goals in as many minutes levelled it up. Ronnie Hawkins fired home a free-kick from outside the box for 2-1 and Waller Lassen slotted home from the penalty spot (pictured above) after Laste Dombaxe was upended.

West Brom regained the advantage from a set-piece on the hour and wrapped up their win after a defensive mix-up with 10 minutes left.

We has chances though as Kenneth McEvoy set-up Dombaxe, who failed to convert and then Waller Lassen fired wide at the far post.

"I was very pleased with the lads," reported Alex. "We've a number of injuries, fielded a young side and they did their absolute best.

"We showed real resolve to come back from 2-0 to 2-2 just before half-time and just ended up tiring in the second half.

"Overall, I'm pleased though. As I said, it was a young side and the lads are developing well."

Spurs U18s: Archer, Stewart, Day (McEvoy, 70), Hawkins, Yeboah, Sheriff, Waller Lassen, Tapping (Ekong, 75), Coulthirst, Munns, Dombaxe. Unused subs: Miles, Angol.