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Young Spurs XI victorious

Posted on 28 July 2009  - 12:00

A young Spurs XI side defeated UCL Premier outfit St Neots Town 3-1 at Rowley Park on Tuesday night.

Young Spurs XI victorious

A young Spurs XI side defeated UCL Premier outfit St Neots Town 3-1 at Rowley Park on Tuesday night.

Clive Allen fielded a side including a number of second and first year Academy players, who showed plenty of character in overcoming a side managed by former Premier League star Steve Lomas.

It made up for a disappointing defeat for the XI last week by the same margin at the hands of Aldershot Town.

We made an attacking start to this game and created a number of openings before taking the lead in the 15th minute.

Paul-Jose M'Poku was pulled down in the box, and Dean Parrett stepped up to convert the resultant penalty.

Our dominance continued after the opener, as we struck the woodwork three times before doubling our lead 10 minutes from half-time.

Adam Smith made a fantastic run down the right-hand side before releasing M'Poku to grab a goal for himself, giving us a deserved two-goal lead at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half we conceded a free-kick just outside the penalty area, and after a failing to clear the danger in a goal-mouth scramble, the hosts got themselves back into the game.

However, our young side displayed their character by responding in perfect fashion and restoring their two-goal lead soon after.

Two first years linked up for our third of the night, with Kudos Oyenuga making a strong run into the box before setting up Harry Kane to put the game out of sight.

We could have made it four when the lively M'Poku hit a post not long before time, and the home goalkeeper also had his work cut out before the final whistle blew.

Coach Clive said: "Considering how young the side was, it was a really good performance and we were worthy winners.

"For some of the lads it was their first experience of senior football, and they all performed extremely well.

"It was a fabulous response to last week's result. We fielded a much younger team, but their work ethic on the night was fantastic.

"It's always good for the new intake to get some experience playing with an older group, and we were able to give them that chance tonight."

Starting lineup:
Jansson; Smith, Durojaiye, Blackwood, Nicholson; Fredericks, Parrett, Cox, M'Poku; Kane, Oyenuga