Legends latest - goal rush continues!
07 August 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
The Spurs Legends team heads to Huntingdon Town FC this Sunday, August 11, after hitting double-figures for the third time in four matches during their visit to Godalming last weekend.
Mark Falco, Tony Galvin, Clive Wilson and Stuart Nethercott are among the regulars for our veterans team, which frequently showcases a cross-section of top names who played at the Lane in the 1980s and 1990s.
The match takes place at Huntingdon Town FC, Jubilee Park, Kings Ripton Road, Huntingdon, PE28 2NR. Please note that kick-off is at the later than usual time of 3pm this Sunday.
Last Sunday (August 4), Darren Anderton bagged four goals as the Legends secured a resounding 13-1 win against charity side Georgia United at Godalming Town FC, in a match arranged in memory of local youngster Georgia Harrison, who died aged six in June 2012.
The lads were 4-0 up by the half-time interval, with in-form striker Paul McVeigh contributing a rasping 30-yard shot despite filling in at right-back for much of the game, before the Legends further demonstrated their predatory instincts after the interval to notch double-figures once again.
Anderton wasted little time as he fired Spurs into a second minute lead after exchanging passes with Tony Galvin on the left before, at the other end, Georgia United forward Yusuf Deegan escaped the off-side trap, only for David Howells to beat a hasty retreat and shepherd the ball back to his brother Gareth in the Spurs goal, cutting out any danger.
David Howells was involved again five minutes later, this time in an attacking sense, as he played a neat one-two with Andy Sinton to outfox the opposing defenders, but the return ball ran just beyond the onrushing Howells as Georgia United escaped with a let-off.
Anderton later curled a right-footed effort just beyond the far upright, but the Georgia United forwards reminded Spurs that they were still in the game, with keeper Gareth Howells forced to make a fine block at the edge of his area to keep Tottenham’s lead intact.
Mid-way through the first period, Ruel Fox set up Sinton for a rising shot which stung the palms of the opposing stopper, with Sinton again denied by the custodian four minutes later.
Steve Slade was played through one-on-one with the Georgia United goalkeeper six minutes afterwards, but the forward, under no pressure, contrived to scuff his effort into the side-netting.
Spurs finally doubled their lead in the 36th minute when Fox’s shot cannoned off a defender and the ball ran loose to McVeigh, who sent a low drive through a crowded area and into the net from 30 yards out.
Three minutes later it was 3-0 as Anderton’s ball in left the opposing goalkeeper stranded, with Slade tapping in at the far post. Slade might have added to his tally two minutes later had it not been for a point-blank range save from the keeper, while David Howells also squandered a chance as he shot over the bar on the half-volley from McVeigh’s right-sided cross.
The Legends rounded off a good half’s football with their fourth goal a minute before the interval, with Sinton playing the ball in to Fox, whose delightful back-heel set up Anderton to fire inside the near post.
Sinton’s hard work in the middle of the park was rewarded when he curled in the visitors’ fifth goal of the afternoon five minutes after the break, before David Howells smashed home from inside the area after Anderton’s cross had rebounded off a defender.
The visitors further increased their lead with two virtually identical goals in three minutes, Anderton crossing from the right on both occasions, with the unmarked Slade heading back across the stranded goalkeeper and inside the far post in each instance.
It was nine on 65 minutes when David Howells took a quick free-kick and played in Anderton, who calmly took control before firing beyond the keeper, while at the other end, Gareth Howells made a fine save to keep out a well-struck volley.
A series of guest players linked to the day’s designated charity entered the fray for Spurs at regular intervals during the second period, and after Sinton fired in number 10 in the 75th minute, one of the guest players – Dean Thomas – rattled home Tottenham’s eleventh goal from inside the box.
Georgia United finally got off the mark 10 minutes from time when Deegan scored with a long-range effort, but the 11-goal cushion was soon restored when another guest player, Danny Bowers, scored from the penalty spot.
Anderton completed his personal haul for the afternoon in the 85th minute with what turned out to be Tottenham’s final goal, but there was still time for Georgia United to mount one final attack, which ended with Gareth Howells making a low save with his left hand to keep the ball out.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul McVeigh, Tony Galvin, Mark Stimson, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Darren Anderton, Andy Sinton, Steve Slade, Ruel Fox, David Howells. Subs and guest players: Micky Southam, Ben Bowers, Ian Ludlow, Danny Bowers, Brandon Annett, Dean Thomas.
With thanks, as always, to Billy Shaw...