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XI draw with Hammers

Posted on 12 September 2011  - 12:00

Our young Spurs XI team performed well to earn a 2-2 draw against a strong West Ham XI in a friendly at Spurs Lodge on Monday.

Our young Spurs XI team performed well to earn a 2-2 draw against a strong West Ham XI in a friendly at Spurs Lodge on Monday.

Oscar Jansson, Dean Parrett and John Bostock provided the experience for Tim Sherwood's side with the Hammers fielding a wealth of Premier League experience including Abdulaye Faye, Papa Bouba Diop, Frank Nouble, Frederic Piquionne and John Carew.

We struck first in the eighth minute as Alex Pritchard burst forward before releasing Cameron Lancaster through on goal and the striker finished well from 14 yards.

West Ham levelled after 15 minutes when Piquionne took advantage of a moment's hesitation to latch onto goalkeeper Ruud Boffin's huge clearance and lift the ball over the advancing Jansson.

Lancaster missed a great opportunity to restore the lead two minutes later when he skied Bostock's cross from the byline. Cristian Ceballos then lobbed over Boffin but onto the roof of the net.

Jansson had to be alert to palm out Carew's piledriver from 25 yards and Piquionne fired wide as it stayed 1-1 at the break.

The teams traded chances at the start of the second half. Lancaster fired wide and Parrett had Boffin clutching at thin air to his right as 20-yarder zipped just wide.

At the other end, Freddie Sears missed the target with a one-on-one chance and Carew glanced just wide from close range.

Parrett restored the lead with a fine goal in the 72nd minute. Picking up a misplaced pass on halfway, the midfielder burst forward, raced past the last defender and then clipped over Boffin into the far corner.

The lead only lasted five minutes though as Driver picked out Piquionne in the box and the striker had time to control, turn, skip around Jansson and slide home for 2-2.

Pritchard forced a fine save from Boffin and Jansson was up to Montenegro's 20-yarder as the scoreline stayed 2-2.

Spurs XI: Jansson; Barthram, Veljkovic, Nicholson, Stewart; Luongo, Parrett; Pritchard, Bostock, Ceballos; Lancaster.