Nicola Emmerson Trust 1-4 Spurs Legends
International experience came to the fore as Andy Sinton and Paul McVeigh netted two goals apiece in the Spurs Legends’ latest conquest at the weekend.
The pair, capped by England and Northern Ireland respectively, joined the likes of Justin Edinburgh, Mark Falco and Paul Miller on Sunday afternoon (September 2) as our veterans side secured a well deserved 4-1 victory over the Nicola Emmerson Trust XI at Royston Town FC.
Spurs started brightly and took the lead after five minutes as Sinton struck a right-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net from a tight angle.
McVeigh volleyed over the top after being fed by Edinburgh shortly afterwards, and was denied again in the following minutes as he and Falco produced two saves in quick succession from the opposing goalkeeper.
McVeigh was later denied by the keeper again before firing the rebound into the side netting.
The Nicola Emmerson Trust XI made Spurs pay for their missed chances as they drew level on 15 minutes with a well-taken strike, while at the other end, Sinton’s speculative effort from 25 yards hit the bar.
McVeigh sent Edinburgh surging through on 27 minutes, but he fired wide of the near post under pressure from his marker.
John Lacy, back in the team at centre-half, got forward and played a part in Tottenham’s next attack, his header finding Edinburgh, who in turn crossed for McVeigh, but he was again denied by the keeper.
Having peppered the opponents’ goal area with shots all afternoon, McVeigh finally got his reward on the stroke of half-time as he buried a cross from Sinton into the centre of the net.
The dynamic forward doubled his tally with his first chance of the second half, slotting home two minutes after the restart after being set up by Edinburgh.
McVeigh turned provider for Sinton to rifle his second goal of the afternoon into the roof of the net on 62 minutes, while at the other end, Spurs goalkeeper Gareth Howells made a fine low save to deny the hosts.
Falco had the ball in the net for Spurs moments later, but his effort was ruled out for off-side, while keeper Howells tipped a long range shot over the bar to ensure Spurs maintained their three-goal cushion.
A cross from substitute Micky Jarrett was met by the onrushing Sinton, who steered the ball towards goal with his trailing leg, only to see it clip the bar with 78 minutes on the watch.
The Nicola Emmerson Trust XI continued to battle, and keeper Howells made a spectacular double save towards the end as Spurs held onto their 4-1 lead.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, John Lacy, Stuart Nethercott, David Howells, Clive Wilson, Andy Sinton, Paul McVeigh, Justin Edinburgh, Mark Falco. Subs: Mark Stimson, Micky Southam, Micky Jarrett, Warren Gravette. Manager: Garry Brooke.
With thanks to Billy Shaw!
- The Legends’ scheduled match at Highams Park, Chingford this coming weekend has been postponed to a later date.