Legends latest - Vega and Clemence on target
01 October 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Ramon Vega was denied a hat-trick by the woodwork as the Spurs Legends team romped to a 7-1 victory over Warriors Old Boys at The Hive, home of Barnet FC, on Sunday (September 29).
The former Swiss international hit the crossbar not once but twice as he just missed out on securing his treble, while Legends team ‘debutant’ Stephen Clemence was also on target, along with Darren Anderton (2), David Howells and Kevin Watson.
It was a third victory in as many years over a keen Warriors side, although the scoreline could have been greater still after the team of ex-White Hart Lane favourites dominated the game.
The Legends wasted a couple of early chances, before Anderton set Vega free down the right channel in the sixth minute, only for the latter’s shot to strike the bar.
Vega made amends three minutes later, though, heading home the rebound after Anderton’s shot was saved by the Warriors goalkeeper to open the scoring.
Goalkeeper Gareth Howells made a fantastic save low to his left at the other end to prevent the hosts from getting back on level terms, before Anderton made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark, playing a delightful one-two with Clemence before crashing his shot in off the post.
Vega surged forward again shortly afterwards, but for the second time in the match, his effort smacked off the frame of the goal.
Three minutes before the break, though, Vega finally did bag his second of the game. Anderton’s corner kick found Watson 30 yards out, and after he struck a volley towards goal, Vega popped up with a glancing header to divert the ball past the Warriors’ keeper.
The second period was 11 minutes old when Watson bagged Tottenham’s fourth, lobbing the keeper from long range, with Clemence firing a shot against the post shortly afterwards.
The Legends went further ahead in the 68th minute when David Howells finished well over the onrushing keeper, before Dan Costello pulled a goal back for the Warriors when he fired high into the net with 17 minutes remaining.
Spurs quickly regained their five-goal cushion, Mark Falco playing the ball down the left for Clemence to slot home just two minutes later.
Watson fired wide for Spurs after a clever exchange of passes with David Howells, while at the other end, goalkeeper Gareth Howells made a fine save to deny Russell Milsom, who did well to get his shot away under pressure from Paul Miller.
The scoring was completed in the 89th minute when David Howells gathered the ball on the left after the Warriors goalkeeper had spilled a cross from the opposite flank, with the midfielder’s resulting cross being swept home by Anderton.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Andy Edmonds, Ramon Vega, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Kevin Watson, Stephen Clemence, Darren Anderton, David Howells, Mark Falco. Subs: Micky Southam, Warren Gravette.
Pictures courtesy of Martin Taylor