Sinton hits goals trail in Norway
28 January 2014|Tottenham Hotspur
Prolific Andy Sinton led the way in front of goal as a clutch of ex-Spurs players took part in an international veterans’ tournament in Norway at the weekend.
Former midfielder Sinton, who joined fellow White Hart Lane old boys Mark Falco, John Lacy and Garry Brooke at the event, bagged 11 goals as his side – which featured the aforementioned former Lilywhites and a couple of Norwegian guest players, per competition guidelines – won three matches out of four to secure runners-up spot in their section.
The lads competed in the five-a-side ‘Super-Vets’ category, in which all participants bar one – Sinton in this instance – had to be over 50 years of age.
The indoor tournament, which featured fast-paced 14-minute matches, took place over two days across two towns in central southern Norway – Laerdal on Friday and Ardal the following day.
The ex-Spurs lads got off to a great start on Friday, twice coming from a goal down to beat Elnesvagen 3-2. Brooke equalised shortly after Elnesvagen’s fifth minute opener and, after Elnesvagen regained the upper hand, Sinton found the far corner with a turn and shot to make it 2-2. Brooke won it with his second of the game with four minutes remaining, breaking down the left and finishing well inside the near post.
That winning momentum spilled over into Saturday morning in Ardal, with Sinton the destroyer-in-chief as the lads beat Fredrikstad 5-3. Fredrikstad took the lead three times, but were ultimately undone by a late scoring spree from the ex-England international.
Sinton cancelled out Fredrikstad’s early opener before Falco popped up on the left side to blast home another equaliser after the Norwegian side had regained the lead.
Goalkeeper Alf Roger Lereng – an Ardal native who has been a keen Spurs supporter since 1973 and makes frequent visits to White Hart Lane – made a fine save soon afterwards, but Fredrikstad scored from the rebound to go 3-2 up. Sinton then took charge, firing in three goals in three minutes to wrap up the victory.
The following game brought a first defeat for the lads, as eventual section winners Madla triumphed 6-1. The side from Stavanger had an early effort chalked off, but recovered to hit six. Sinton burst forward to pull one back in the sixth minute, shortly after Madla had scored their second of the match, but Madla were dominant on the counter attack and went on to win the game comfortably.
The lads secured second spot in their section with a 7-4 win against Nordnes in their final outing. Brooke opened the scoring early with a right-footed shot inside the near post, before setting up Sinton to make it 2-0 a minute later.
Sinton fired home for 3-0, tucking in the rebound after his initial shot was saved, before scoring twice more to further extend his side’s lead.
Nordnes scored twice around the 10-minute mark with another Sinton strike sandwiched in between, and after Nordnes pulled another one back, Falco set up Lacy to score at the far post to make it 7-3. There was still time for Nordnes to add a fourth goal, but the result was never in doubt – thanks in part to some good defensive work by Norwegian guest player Jan Helge Sorebo.
The tournament also saw representation from Manchester United and Leeds United across the various age categories, along with a host of Norwegian clubs.
Clayton Blackmore and Neil Webb were among those playing for the Red Devils, while Leeds’ squad included Chris Whyte and brothers Rod and Ray Wallace. Sinton’s former Wolves team-mate Havard Flo was also involved, representing his first and last club, Sogndal.