Legends march on with St Albans victory
29 April 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
David Howells netted his first goal of the season as the Spurs Legends team comfortably saw off the challenge of a Herts XI at St Albans City FC on Sunday (April 26).
Howells was on target from the penalty spot in the second half as the team of ex-White Hart Lane players registered a 6-1 victory to maintain their 100 per cent start to their 2015 campaign – at the same time exacting revenge for a 3-2 reverse they suffered against the same opposition last year.
Paul McVeigh rattled in a hat-trick, the former Northern Ireland international being joined on the scoresheet by Mark Gower and Kevin Watson, as Ossie Ardiles took charge of the side for the second consecutive week.
Howells sent a crisp half-volley just wide in the opening exchanges while McVeigh forced the Herts goalkeeper to claw the ball behind with a chipped effort from the left-hand corner of the box.
McVeigh opened the scoring 12 minutes in when he beat the off-side trap and rolled the ball beyond the advancing keeper, while Stuart Nethercott and Watson made important defensive headers as the hosts sent a series of crosses into the box in search of an equaliser.
A quickly-taken free-kick from Watson saw McVeigh run through and clip the ball over the keeper to double his tally on 27 minutes, before Gower produced an excellent finish from the right-side of the box to make it 3-0 less than 60 seconds later.
Watson got in on the act with number four in the 33rd minute, running through the middle and finishing at the first time of asking as he latched onto Andy Edmonds’ right wing cross.
Ardiles made changes at the interval, introducing Micky Hazard into central midfield, with the Legends further stretching their advantage 10 minutes after the restart. Mark Falco picked out McVeigh, who exchanged passes with Gower before being bundled over as he invaded the area. A penalty was awarded with Howells stepping up to fire into the net, despite the keeper diving the right way.
Watson’s long-range effort from Falco’s corner dipped just wide on the hour mark, while goalkeeper Gareth Howells had to stretch to prevent the Herts XI from pulling a goal back two minutes later.
The hosts were more of a threat as the second half went on with keeper Howells forced into two more important saves before McVeigh completed his treble with a shot from the left angle in the 73rd minute.
The home side did manage to find a consolation goal 12 minutes from time, though, as Rob Shepherd fired in from 22 yards, with keeper Howells back-pedalling to tip over a second long-range effort a few minutes later.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, John Lacy, Tony Galvin, Kevin Watson, Stuart Nethercott, Brian Statham, Andy Edmonds, David Howells, Paul McVeigh, Mark Gower, Mark Falco. Substitutes and guest players: Micky Hazard, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Southam, Micky Jarrett, Aaron Chinery. Manager: Ossie Ardiles.