Legends latest - Anderton hits four!
Darren Anderton marked his return to the Spurs Legends side with a four-goal salvo last weekend – and will be hopeful of a similar return when the lads take on Watford Veterans as the curtain-raiser ahead of Sunday’s pre-season friendly at Vicarage Road.
Legends team regulars Tony Galvin, Paul Miller, Stuart Nethercott and Garry Brooke are just some of the names pencilled in for the 20 minutes each-way veterans match on Sunday, which kicks off at 12.15pm, ahead of the main game between the two clubs later in the day.
Anderton, back in the Legends side after a three-month hiatus, turned on the style last Sunday as the lads saw off a spirited White Notley side 6-5.
The early going proved tough, as the Essex hosts found themselves two goals in front by the 12th minute.
David Howells saw a low shot saved by the home goalkeeper, before Anderton and Andy Sinton had respective shots blocked from close range.
Howells flicked a header just over the bar from Anderton’s cross, before substitute Micky Jarrett pulled one back for Spurs, slotting home after running through one-on-one with the keeper shortly before the interval.
Jarrett missed a sitter seconds before the interval, but it was the hosts who would score next as their attacker chipped the ball over Legends goalkeeper Gareth Howells four minutes after the interval.
Cue Darren Anderton. The ex-England international netted a five-minute hat-trick starting in the 51st minute to turn the game on its head. A long-range right-footed shot started the trilogy, before the midfielder nutmegged his marker and fired in with his left foot three minutes later.
Jarrett set up Anderton to finish from 12 yards on 56 minutes as the Legends took the lead, but it was far from game over.
White Notley hit the bar soon afterwards, before a 30-yard piledriver saw them draw level at 4-4 on 65 minutes.
The Legends were soon back in front, though. Howells volleyed a Mark Stimson cross against the near post on 67 minutes, but in the aftermath, Spurs seized possession again and the ball was fed to Anderton, who fired home from the edge of the box.
Jarrett scored Tottenham’s sixth goal on 72 minutes, before a speculative effort from Clive Wilson cannoned back off the far post.
White Notley pulled a goal back in the closing minutes to make it 6-5, but the Legends closed the game out comfortably to seal the win.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Clive Wilson, John Lacy, Stuart Nethercott, Darren Anderton, Justin Edinburgh, Andy Sinton, David Howells, Garry Brooke, Mark Falco. Subs: Tony Galvin, Mark Stimson, Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam, Trevor Wilkinson.
With thanks to Billy Shaw...