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Woking 0-4 Spurs

Posted on 1 August 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).

Stunning goals from Oyvind Leonhardsen and Mauricio Taricco set the reserves on their way to a convincing first win of pre-season in a Testimonial match for Woking's Scott Steele at Kingfield on Tuesday evening.

A guard of honour comprising of the two teams and various trophy-winning Woking sides of the past welcomed man-of-the-moment Steele onto the pitch just before kick-off. Steele, a Scot, was led on by a piper who struggled to find his tune - thankfully Spurs had no such problems after the second string was boosted with an infusion of first team quality.

Leonhardsen, Simon Davies and Taricco joined the ranks and, after a perky beginning by the home side, Davies and Leonhardsen began to call the shots in the middle of the pitch before Leo decided to take a pot-shot to some considerable effect.

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Our waspish Norwegian picked up the ball in a central position some 25 yards out, took aim and blasted home a spectacular swerving effort beyond home goalkeeper Tony Tucker on 12 minutes.

Just three minutes later, Taricco picked up possession on the left side of the penalty area, perhaps taking his lead from Leo, he produced a show-stopper all of his own. Jinking onto his right foot, Taricco delivered a curling dipper that arched over the outstretched hand of Tucker into the top left-hand corner of the net.

A masterclass in finishing that Woking had no answer to and Spurs were in cruise control. An exercise in shooting practice followed, Yannick Kamanan, George Snee - in for the injured Steven Ferguson - and Ian Piercy all came close to troubling the scorers.

It was Yannick who added to the scoreline just before the break. A Taricco cross was neatly laid off by Snee for Kamanan to squeeze a low shot through a busy penalty box that Tucker got a hand to but could not prevent trickling over his line.

Woking's resolve increased in the second period and they were much harder in the tackle. Kamanan was withdrawn for treatment to an ankle knock, while Taricco took a blow to his lower back from a corner.

Spurs kept their composure and continued to probe. Matthew Etherington was making in-roads in his left of centre position and Leonhardsen hit a post after one of his typically jinking runs.

The substitutions began on 67 minutes and Taricco was withdrawn to applause from all sides of the ground and was replaced by Maurizio Consorti. The Argentinean produced a superb display of attacking wing-back play that would have certainly impressed the watching John Gorman and Chris Hughton. Leonhardsen made way for James Quilter.

The game meandered slightly and Woking desperately chased a goal to make Steele's night, but it was not to be.

While Woking were busy and committed throughout, it was Spurs who displayed efficiency, were economical with the ball and composed - adding a dash of first team colour proved a tonic to a young side and appeared to have a galvanising effect.

To round off the night, Etherington played a neat one-two with Kamanan before finding his range and shooting home low to Tucker's left to complete the scoring.

Team: Kelly, Piercy, Taricco (Consorti 67), Toner, Hillier (Capt), Thelwell, Leonhardsen (Quilter 67), Davies (O'Donoghue 81), Snee, Kamanan, Etherington. Sub not used: Jalal.

By Richard Hubbard at Kingfield