Legends hit 11!
10 July 2013|Spurs Comms Team
The midfield quartet enjoyed a Cinderford sizzler as the Spurs Legends team stormed to an 11-1 victory over Rank Outsiders Veterans in the sunny Gloucestershire town on Sunday.
All four players across the middle for Spurs - Darren Caskey, Garry Brooke, Andy Sinton and David Howells - were in fine form on a sweltering afternoon, as the lads recovered from going a goal behind early on to storm back and hit double figures.
Caskey and Howells both tested the Rank Outsiders goalkeeper in the opening moments, before Andy Coleman lobbed the ball over advancing Spurs goalkeeper Gareth Howells to put the hosts into a fourth minute lead.
This stung Spurs into life, with Shayne Bradley latching onto Caskey’s cross to equalise within 60 seconds. Caskey was again the provider two minutes later, as he set Brooke up to send a rasping volley into the net from 20 yards out and turn the scoreline in Tottenham’s favour.
Despite the scorching conditions, the Legends continued to press forward, while their back four – which included 1972 UEFA Cup winner Phil Beal at right-back – kept up a resolute guard to keep their opponents largely at bay.
Defender Stuart Nethercott saw his downwards header from Mark Falco’s cross blocked on the line by a defender, before forward Bradley bagged his second of the afternoon in the 10th minute after more good work by the industrious Caskey and front man Warren Gravette.
Spurs keeper Gareth Howells palmed a fierce effort over the bar at the other end, while Caskey tested the Outsiders’ goalkeeper from inside his own half, although the custodian was able to make a comfortable save in the end.
Spurs netted their fourth goal mid-way through the first half when Gravette fired into the roof of the net after some smooth teamwork from David Howells and Caskey in the build-up.
Andy Sinton added goal number five for Tottenham three minutes later when he latched onto a precise diagonal ball from Caskey and carried the ball on before slotting across the keeper and into the far corner of the net.
Keeper Howells made a low save following a Rank Outsiders free kick, while the hosts’ claims for a penalty were waved away by the referee after a strong challenge by Paul Miller shortly afterwards.
Spurs further extended their lead on 41 minutes, with Caskey finishing well from inside the box.
The home side continued to battle and they duly hit the bar with a long-range effort, but the Legends were having none of it and replied with two goals in two minutes before the interval through Caskey and Micky Southam.
The Outsiders stemmed the flow of goals in the second half, with efforts from David Howells and Nethercott being comfortably dealt with as the hosts ran a tighter ship.
However, Sinton restarted the scoring in the 83rd minute when he fired low into the net with a shot on the turn, with the ex-England midfielder completed his hat-trick 90 seconds later after a ball in from the right from David Howells.
A sublime curling effort by Sinton from 25 yards two minutes from time rounded off the scoring, although there was still time for Falco to try his luck, but he spooned his effort over the bar.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Phil Beal, Mark Falco, Paul Miller, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Darren Caskey, Andy Sinton, Shayne Bradley, Warren Gravette, David Howells. Sub: Micky Southam.
With thanks to Billy Shaw...