Howells at the double for Legends
David Howells bagged a brace - including an exquisite 25-yard strike - as the Spurs Legends recorded a 4-0 victory over Boys Town Jerusalem at Kingsbury Town FC on Sunday.
The ex-White Hart Lane favourites got the job done in the first half with three unanswered goals, before Howells completed the scoring after the break.
The match turned into a cagey affair in the opening stages, but it was Spurs who eventually found the breakthrough as forward Micky Southam tucked home from inside the area with 20 minutes gone.
At the other end, Legends goalkeeper Gareth Howells did well to parry a close-range shot, before seizing the loose ball with two attackers in close proximity.
Spurs went 2-0 up on 24 minutes when David Howells spotted the goalkeeper off his line and sent a classy strike sailing over the keeper’s head and into the net from 25 yards out.
It was 3-0 seven minutes later as Southam was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Darren Anderton’s penalty kick was saved, but the midfielder coolly struck home the rebound.
Anderton might have had a second shortly afterwards as he played a deft give-and-go with Justin Edinburgh, but appeared to be brought down by a defender as he was setting himself up to shoot. No penalty was awarded, though, and the hosts cleared their lines.
Kevin Watson’s speculative strike sailed marginally over the bar just prior to the break, while five minutes after the restart, keeper Gareth Howells had to be alert to push away a long-range effort.
The home side seemed destined to score on 65 minutes when their attacker worked himself into a shooting position, but a heroic diving block from Andy Polston on the goal line ensured Spurs’ clean sheet remained intact.
The scoring was wrapped up mid-way through the second period as the ball broke to David Howells in midfield, and his crisp strike found its way past the goalkeeper after taking a slight deflection.
The hosts continued to try their luck at the other end, and after a defensive mix-up, the retreating Stuart Nethercott was able to hack the ball away as it headed towards goal, ensuring another unblemished victory for the Legends.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, John Lacy, Stuart Nethercott, Kevin Watson, Andy Polston, Darren Anderton, Micky Southam, David Howells, Justin Edinburgh.
With thanks to Billy Shaw...