Brightlingsea Regent 2-4 Spurs Legends
A busy month for the Spurs Legends team continues this Sunday (20 May) as the boys visit St Albans City FC in Hertfordshire to take on a BAM Nuttall XI.
The game takes place at Clarence Park, York Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4PL, with kick-off at 2pm. Tickets will, as usual, be on sale at the turnstiles on the day.
The lads are carrying momentum into Sunday’s outing after beating Ridgeons League outfit Brightlingsea Regent 4-2 last Saturday.
Ex-Spurs and Norwich City star Paul McVeigh bagged a brace as the Legends gained a measure of revenge for their 4-2 defeat at Brightlingsea last year by reversing the scoreline upon their return to the Essex club.
Andy Sinton and David Howells were also on the scoresheet in a game which also featured our former midfield dynamo Ruel Fox.
It looked like Spurs could be heading for another defeat when Brightlingsea took the lead in bizarre circumstances after just two minutes. With the visitors having stopped in their tracks due to what they thought was an off-side decision, the Brightlingsea attacker strolled through the statuesque defence and rolled the ball into the net.
The officials, though, were adamant there was no off-side decision and the goal stood.
It took the Legends just four minutes to get back on level terms though. Paul McVeigh latched onto a through ball from Garry Brooke and slotted beyond the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner of the net.
The keeper made a low save to deny McVeigh two minutes later, after a ball in from the right from Ruel Fox.
David Howells appeared to be brought down in the Brightlingsea penalty area on 14 minutes, but Spurs’ claims for a spot kick were waved away by the referee.
There was, however, no question about the penalty awarded to Spurs in the 21st minute, from which the visitors took the lead. Fox was clearly dragged down by the arm of an opponent as he tried to latch onto Brooke’s pass, with Howells sending the keeper the wrong way from 12 yards as he fired high into the net.
Three minutes later, Andy Sinton fed McVeigh, who fired over the top from a tight angle.
Howells had the ball in the net again soon after following a delightful sequence of passing, but an early off-side flag denied him his second goal of the afternoon.
McVeigh and Howells both had close range efforts blocked on the line in quick succession, before Sinton volleyed over the bar as the first half came to a close.
Brooke fired just over the bar from a 20-yard free kick three minutes after the interval, before Brightlingsea hauled themselves back level with a low shot on 52 minutes.
Spurs goalkeeper Gareth Howells made a fantastic one-handed save to deny Brightlingsea shortly afterwards, before Fox produced a low save from Howells’ opposite number at the other end.
The visitors were again indebted to keeper Howells as he kept out a header at point blank range a fewminutes later, while McVeigh was denied at the other end by the grounded Brightlingsea stopper.
Tottenham finally regained the lead on 81 minutes when Sinton finished off a three-man move involving Fox and McVeigh with a low shot that crept into the far bottom corner.
The win was wrapped up two minutes later when McVeigh skipped in behind the defence and clipped the ball beyond the goalkeeper to seal a hard-fought victory.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, Andy Edmonds, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Ruel Fox, Mark Falco, Andy Sinton, David Howells, Paul McVeigh. Subs: Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam.