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BAM Nuttall XI 1-1 Spurs Legends

Argentine World Cup winner and 1981 FA Cup hero Ricky Villa was back in a Tottenham shirt on Sunday (April 28) as he lined up for the Spurs Legends side in their 1-1 draw against a BAM Nuttall XI at St Albans City FC.

Fellow countryman and White Hart Lane legend Ossie Ardiles also took up duties in the dugout as manager for the day, as Darren Anderton rescued the lads with a second half equaliser to maintain the team’s unbeaten run in 2013.

The Legends were chasing the game almost from the opening whistle, as the hosts took the lead inside the opening 60 seconds when a high, looping ball in from the left evaded the gloves of goalkeeper Gareth Howells and was tucked home at the back post.

The remainder of the first period proved a tense affair, although both sides still fashioned a handful of chances.

The home side’s goalkeeper made an early block to deny Paul McVeigh after Mark Falco did his best to win possession inside a crowded penalty box, while at the other end, keeper Howells made a fantastic low save at the back post to keep the deficit to one goal.

David Howells delivered a well-placed cross from the left in the 29th minute, but the defence did well asas McVeigh charged in towards the near post, only to see his effort deflected out for a corner.

McVeigh was denied by the palms of the goalkeeper shortly before the interval after being played in by Falco, while at the other end, Clive Wilson, filling in at centre-half, kept calm under pressure to clear the danger from inside Spurs’ penalty area.

Two minutes after the restart, Falco dragged a shot wide of the far post, while soon afterwards, a sublime turn and shot from Villa was somehow kept out by the stretching stopper.

The home side went close in the 50th minute when a free header crashed against the bar, but it was at the other end where the next goalmouth action occurred, with Anderton beating the keeper with a classy effort to level the score on 56 minutes.

David Howells headed wide at the back post after getting on the end of a searching right wing cross from Falco as Spurs chased a winner, while McVeigh was again denied by the onrushing goalkeeper after being played through by Anderton.

The BAM Nuttall XI had an effort ruled out for off-side at the other end, and shortly after, Falco had a shot saved by the hosts’ keeper. Then in the 70th minute, a delightful effort from David Howells beat the custodian, only to hit the far post.

There was to be no further addition to the scoreline, however, as McVeigh coaxed another good save from the keeper as the game reached its conclusion.

Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, Clive Wilson, Stuart Nethercott, Darren Anderton, Mark Falco, Andy Sinton, Paul McVeigh, Ricky Villa, David Howells. Subs: Garry Brooke, Mark Stimson, Andy Edmonds, Warren Gravette, Micky Southam, Trevor Wilkinson, Bernd Knappmann. Manager: Ossie Ardiles.

With thanks to Billy Shaw.