Teddy stars for Legends team!
24 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
The Spurs Legends are once again in action this Sunday (September 29) as they return to The Hive, home of Barnet FC, to face Wapping Warriors Old Boys.
It’s a familiar foe opposite the Legends this week – our official veterans side has inflicted defeats on the hosts for the last two years in a row.
And the lads will be looking to complete a hat-trick of wins as the team, which regularly features the likes of Stuart Nethercott, Andy Sinton, Mark Falco and Paul Miller, looks to build some momentum heading into the autumn period.
The game takes place at The Hive, Camrose Avenue, Edgware, HA8 6AG. Kick-off is scheduled for 2pm, and tickets will be available on the day.
Meanwhile, two precision headers from Teddy Sheringham set the Spurs Legends on their way to a 7-3 victory over a charity side at Hoddesdon Town FC last Sunday (September 22).
David Howells also fired in a brace – including an incredible volley on the turn shortly after half-time – while Darren Anderton and Mark Falco joined him on the scoresheet as the Legends recovered from a 3-2 half-time deficit to win the game comfortably.
Having enjoyed a few weeks’ break, the Legends’ lack of game time showed in the opening stages, with Sonny Farr putting the charity side into the lead with a 20-yard strike inside the opening 60 seconds.
The Lilywhites, though, were quickly back on level terms when Sheringham made a near post run to meet Anderton’s cross from the left, neatly heading across the goalkeeper and into the net with three minutes on the watch.
A frenetic start to the game continued three minutes later as Dean Wilson’s hosts regained the lead when Billy Parker ran through and rounded advancing goalkeeper Gareth Howells before slotting into the empty net.
Spurs regrouped and equalised for a second time in the 13th minute when David Howells’ cross from near the right corner flag was expertly nodded in from a tight angle at the far post by Sheringham, while Anderton was denied shortly afterwards by an excellent stop from the opposing goalkeeper.
At the other end, John Lacy made a vital block to keep the hosts at bay, while Anderton went close again for Spurs, this time stabbing wide after Falco chested the ball down into his path.
The charity side took the lead for the third time on 26 minutes when Lee Jones scored following an attack down the right, while the hosts could have had a fourth shortly before the break, but a free header was sent wide.
Spurs came out fired up in the second period, with Sheringham just missing the target after Falco’s drilled effort rebounded off a defender.
The 47th minute yielded a touch of brilliance as Anderton clipped the ball in to David Howells, with the agile midfielder turning 360 degrees before deftly volleying over the goalkeeper and into the centre of the net to restore parity.
Two minutes later, Tottenham edged in front as Sheringham played a through ball to Anderton, who rounded the goalkeeper and calmly slotted home.
Sheringham was again the provider as he set Falco free behind the defence in the 57th minute, with the latter shrugging off the keeper before rolling the ball into the net for the visitors’ fifth goal of the afternoon.
Spurs were now in total control, and after Anderton kept his cool to stroll effortlessly past several challenges close to the byline on the left, he flicked the ball up for David Howells to divert into the net with a diving header at the back post for number six in the 58th minute.
The hosts’ goalkeeper later got his fingertips to efforts from Howells and Kevin Watson to deny the visitors, while a half-volley from Stuart Nethercott was well off target as the game entered its latter throes.
Gareth Howells remained alert in the Legends’ goal, making a couple of decent stops, before substitute Micky Southam completed the scoring with Spurs’ seventh of the afternoon two minutes from time. Keeper Howells made one final save from point-blank range, but his goal was never really troubled in the second period.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, John Lacy, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Darren Anderton, Kevin Watson, Teddy Sheringham, David Howells, Mark Falco. Subs: Mark Stimson, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Southam, Warren Gravette, Andy Edmonds.