Legends in gr-eight form!
THE Spurs Legends team face a stern test this Sunday (July 8) when they do battle with Norwich City Veterans at Lowestoft Town FC.
The team of ex-White Hart Lane favourites, which regularly features the likes of Justin Edinburgh, Tony Galvin, Stuart Nethercott and Paul Miller, will lock horns with a Norwich old boys team bossed by Dale Gordon.
The Canaries team is provisionally set to include Darren Huckerby, Darren Eadie and Dion Dublin.
The match takes place at Crown Meadow, Love Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2PA. Kick-off is at 3pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions on the gate.
Last weekend, big defender John Lacy netted a rare goal to set the Spurs Legends team on their way to a comprehensive 8-0 win over Basingstoke Town Colts Legends.
Lacy, known among his Legends comrades as ‘Blakey’ in reference to the popular character from television’s classic On The Buses sitcom, converted one of a large number of crosses from the impressive Paul Miller, who turned himself into something of an auxiliary right winger with an energetic display from right back!
The opening exchanges brought few clear-cut chances, with Mark Falco forcing a low save from the Basingstoke goalkeeper with 13 minutes on the watch.
Micky Jarrett’s low shot hit the base of the post three minutes later, while Stuart Nethercott’s header from Miller’s right-wing cross was always rising and it comfortably cleared the crossbar.
Another floated ball in from Miller led to Tottenham’s opener in the 24th minute, with Lacy powerfully heading the ball inside the near post from just inside the 18-yard box.
Five minutes later Spurs doubled their advantage as David Howells did all the leg work in midfield, before Andy Sinton ran on and curled a left-footed shot low into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards out.
That man Miller also had a hand in the third goal for Spurs, which arrived on 32 minutes. His corner was headed against the bar by Jarrett, with the rebound hitting the back of the airborne keeper before nestling into the net.
Goal number four arrived two minutes into the second half as Mark Falco purposefully sent a header crashing in off the underside of the bar following Jarrett’s searching ball in from the right.
Falco later volleyed just wide of the far post, while Howells watched in frustration as his right-footed penalty cannoned off the bar following a foul on Sinton which led to the spot kick.
Determined to find the net, Howells was now a man on a mission, but he was denied again on 66 minutes as his fierce shot was expertly pushed onto the post by the Basingstoke keeper.
Howells finally got his goal on 69 minutes with a low shot into the bottom corner, before Sinton found the same part of the net with his second – and Tottenham’s sixth – on 74 minutes.
Substitute Trevor Wilkinson hit the woodwork shortly afterwards, before Sinton completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time.
There was still time for one last strike from Tottenham, as Jarrett swept the ball home from close range with the keeper beaten at his near post by a cross from the right.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, John Lacy, Stuart Nethercott, David Howells, Micky Southam, Justin Edinburgh, Micky Jarrett, Andy Sinton, Mark Falco. Subs: Trevor Wilkinson, Andy Edmonds. Manager: Garry Brooke.
With thanks to Billy Shaw.