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Praise for Under 17s

English Barclays Premiership

An inexperienced Under 17 side, missing a number of players who had moved up to the Under 19s, performed admirably against a strong Arsenal outfit at Spurs Lodge, losing 1-0. We conceded early in the first half but a 30-minute break for an overhead storm gave the youngsters time to come to terms with the opposition.

What resulted was a much-improved display in the second half, almost capped by an equaliser when John Sutton just failed to convert a rebound from the Gunners' goalkeeper.

Coach Michael Stone, right, said: "To be truthful, we were a bit disappointed with the first half. We conceded an early goal and gave them too much respect, especially in midfield, where we weren't tight enough.

"Arsenal are one of the best at this level and by dropping deep, we allowed them to have plenty of time on the ball. We were chasing the game too much. We were delighted with the second half though. We defended higher up the field, which led to more possession and we created a few chances.

"We had a very young side out and lost a few lads to the Under 19s so in that respect, considering who we were up against, we were very pleased. No-one like to lose against Arsenal but overall, the performance was very encouraging."

Spurs U17s: Burch, Lee, Gardiner, O'Donahue, Henry, Hughes, Marney, Thomas, Galbraith, Sutton, Malcolm.

Our Under 19s were beaten 5-1 by Arsenal. The Gunners blasted into a 3-0 lead before Yannick Kamanan - on target recently for the reserves - reduced the deficit. We settled down after that but conceded another two goals.

The youngsters have a double-header at Under 17 and Under 19 level against Crystal Palace at Spurs Lodge on Saturday morning (11am).