Spurs Under 23’s versus Enfield Town: (match preview)

After beating non-League side Ramsgate FC 6-0 on Saturday afternoon, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side take on seventh tier (one tier above Ramsgate) side Enfield Town on Tuesday. The game which takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (the game starts at 19:00pm) is the third friendly meeting between the two sides in recent years, with Enfield Town winning the most recent friendly 2-0 back in 2019. Enfield Town actually have two Spurs connections at the club, in assistant manager Mario Noto, who used to play for Spurs’ youth team in the early 2000s, and also current player Billy Bricknell, who plays as a centre-forward, and who was also at Spurs in the 2000s. A physical and more experienced side than Ramsgate, Enfield Town will be a tougher test for Spurs tomorrow, which will help them prepare further for the new PL2 season. Spurs’ comfortable but impressive 6-0 win over Ramsgate last Saturday saw some excellent performances. Dilan Markanday was outstanding as a CAM (it will be interesting to see whether he gets a chance to play for the first team against Colchester United on Wednesday), and winger J’Neil Bennett was unstoppable going forward at times. However, the whole side played well. With the first team playing Colchester United in a friendly on Wednesday night, it will be interesting to see who plays for Spurs’ Under 23 side against Enfield on Tuesday. Kion Etete went off injured early on in Saturday’s game against Ramsgate, so I would imagine that he will be a doubt for tomorrow’s match at Enfield. With Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott with the first team, that could potentially give first year scholar and centre-forward Jamie Donley (16) a chance to make his debut for the Under 23 side.

I will be attending and reporting on tomorrow’s match, with my match report out at some point the following day. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Muir, Okedina (c), Hackett, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Santiago, Haysman, Bennett, Donley.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Kyezu, Cassanova, Davies, Mathurin, Mukendi. 

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Kion Etete.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Billy Bricknell (32). The experienced centre-forward and former Spurs youth player impressed in the last meeting between the two sides, especially with his hold up play and movement off the ball. Bricknell is also a clinical finisher.

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