Rare loss for legends
Spurs Legends team will be hoping to get back to winning ways at Brightlingsea Regent this Saturday after slipping to a 3-1 defeat against Newport Veterans on the Isle of Wight last weekend.
The team of ex-White Hart Lane favourites, which often features the likes of David Howells, Andy Sinton, John Lacy and Stuart Nethercott, are playing on Saturday (May 12) at Brightlingsea Regent FC, North Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0PL.
Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, with children under 12 admitted free. Kick-off is at 2pm.
A spirited Newport Veterans side brought Spurs Legends’ winning run to an end by inflicting a 3-1 defeat on the Isle of Wight on Sunday.
The hosts survived a second half fightback from a Tottenham side including former Lane favourites Andy Sinton, David Howells and Paul Miller before a bizarre goal a minute before the end consigned the ferry-transported visitors to defeat.
The first half was a tight affair which remained goalless.
Eleven minutes in, Newport broke away but Mark Falco was back to assist the defenders and a solid tackle prevented the hosts from surging through on goal.
Spurs goalkeeper Gareth Howells - the younger brother of David - made a superb close-range block on 27 minutes, but at the other end there were mass protestations as a stone-wall penalty was not given by the referee.
The visitors started the second half in explosive fashion, with Andy Sinton setting half-time substitute Micky Jarrett free behind the Newport defence. Jarrett, though, missed the target as he went through on goal.
Newport took the lead on 49 minutes with a low central shot following a ball infield from the right wing.
Gareth Howells made another fine save from six yards two minutes later, while at the other end, David Howells fed Sinton, but he fired over the bar.
On 63 minutes, an excellent ball out of the defence from Wilson set Sinton free, but the home goalkeeper made a good save to deny him.
Jarrett sent a low ball in across the six-yard box a minute later, but the goalkeeper pounced on the ball at Sinton’s feet.
Some consistent defending from Stuart Nethercott kept Newport at bay as the half progressed, while a long-range Garry Brooke effort dropped just over the bar on 72 minutes.
A minute later, Howells crossed for Sinton, who deftly flicked the ball up before driving a fierce half-volley towards goal, only to see it again kept out by the home custodian.
Newport doubled their lead on 75 minutes with a simple tap-in after they beat the off-side trap, but four minutes later Spurs were back in it.
Paul Miller played a clever ball over the top for Jarrett to run on to, and after having his initial shot saved, Jarrett buried the rebound to make it 2-1.
Spurs continued to apply pressure as they searched for an equaliser, with David Howells finding the side netting with a header from Wilson’s cross.
Newport, however, wrapped up the scoring on 89 minutes with a long-range chip that appeared to be going over, only for the ball to dip under the bar and into the net.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, John Lacy, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Clive Wilson, Mark Falco, Andy Sinton, Trevor Wilkinson, David Howells. Subs: Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam.
With thanks to Billy Shaw...