No stopping all-star Legends!
A well-taken Mark Falco header set a star-studded Spurs Legends side on the way to a 5-2 victory over Team Lake in sweltering Northwood on Sunday.
Falco nodded home in the first half to bring his side back on level terms in the sunshine, and was joined on the scoresheet by Darren Anderton, Paul McVeigh (2) and David Howells as the Legends extended their summer winning streak.
Lining up opposite the ex-White Hart Lane favourites was Team Lake, a side comprising members of 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1PWRR) and friends of Private Thomas Lake, a 29-year-old soldier from Northwood who was killed by an explosion in Afghanistan last November.
Haunted once again by the tendency to concede in the opening exchanges, the Legends found themselves a goal down inside 70 seconds as Martin Sanseverino’s shot took a wicked deflection and crept inside the near post.
At the other end, Falco dragged a shot wide of the post, while Clive Wilson made a solid covering tackle to prevent Team Lake from going through on the break.
Paul McVeigh shot straight at the hosts’ goalkeeper after being fed by Ruel Fox, while Falco also went close with 10 minutes on the watch.
After a sustained period of pressure, Falco finally got his goal when he nodded Fox’s right wing cross back across the goalkeeper and inside the far post to bring Spurs back on level terms.
The following moments brought few chances, but it was Team Lake who regained the lead on 28 minutes with a stunning goal. Mark Gibbings let fly from some 35 yards, with the ball nestling into the top corner of Tottenham’s net.
Not to be outdone, Spurs responded well with Darren Anderton testing the Team Lake goalkeeper, while McVeigh missed the target as a delightful solo run from just inside the Team Lake half ended with the ball sailing wide.
Spurs were level again on 33 minutes as a short pass from Fox found Anderton, who drilled low inside the near post from close range.
Two minutes later the visitors took the lead as David Howells played the ball down the right for McVeigh, who took a touch before slotting the ball into the far corner of the net.
Team Lake underwent a change in personnel at the break with a number of new players entering the fray, and they showed their intentions early on as a shot cannoned back off the bar barely a minute into the second half.
Spurs defended resolutely though, and extended their lead on 72 minutes when McVeigh played a slick one-two with Fox inside the six-yard box before hitting the back of the net.
Five minutes from time, the scoring was complete as McVeigh threaded a through ball in behind the Team Lake defence, with David Howells confidently running on to chip the goalkeeper to make it 5-2.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Justin Edinburgh, Clive Wilson, Stuart Nethercott, David Howells, Paul McVeigh, Darren Anderton, Ruel Fox, Garry Brooke, Mark Falco. Subs: Tony Galvin, John Lacy, Mark Stimson, Micky Southam, Micky Jarrett.
With thanks to Billy Shaw
Photographs by Martin Taylor