Spurs Under 19’s 0-2 De Graafschap: (match report)

In their final group game of the Terborg Tournament, Spurs’ Under 19 side faced Dutch side De Graafschap. Wayne Burnett’s side lost the game 2-0. Adam Hayton started in goal for Spurs, while a back four of George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Matthew Craig and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. Rio Kyerematen and Nile John started in midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Jaden Williams started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Toby Adeyemo would lead the line for Spurs. De Graafschap got the match underway. However, the game didn’t get off to a good start for Spurs, who conceded an early goal. Goalkeeper Adam Hayton’s pass out from his penalty area was met by De Graafschap’s number 12, who quickly passed the ball to the number nine in the centre of the Spurs box, and he was able to finish low past Hayton, 0-1. Hayton saved an effort from De Graafschap’s number ten shortly after the game resumed, before De Graafschap doubled their lead. The De Graafschap number seven’s cross from the left was met by the De Graafschap number ten, who calmly finished past Adam Hayton and into the goal, 0-2.

George Abbott blocked a volley from the De Graafschap number seven, before he then did really well to block an effort from the same player inside the Spurs box, before the De Graafschap number ten hit a deflected effort wide of the goal. Alfie Dorrington blocked an effort from the number seven late on in the half, and just before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Spurs got the second half underway. Charlie Davis and Yago Santiago came on to replace Toby Adeyemo and Jamie Donley respectively. De Graafschap’s number 12 hit an effort just over from the edge of the Spurs box, before Yago Santiago headed over Romaine Mundle’s cross, at the other end of the pitch. Billy Heaps came on to replace Rio Kyerematen, and then Jack Grieves came on to replace Nile John. After meeting number 22’s cross, De Graafschap’s number ten had an effort saved by Adam Hayton, who a couple of minutes later saved an effort from the same player inside the Spurs box. De Graafschap’s number seven hit an effort into the side-netting of Adam Hayton’s goal, from the left side of the Spurs box, before George Abbott blocked De Graafschap’s number 22’s effort inside the Spurs box, with the referee then sounding his whistle for full-time.

Unfortunately this result means that Spurs finish the Van Egmond group in fourth place. They face Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow morning, in a seventh/eighth place play-off match.

My Spurs player of the match: George Abbott. Starting the match at right-back first year scholar George Abbott defended solidly during the 2-0 loss to De Graafschap, and he often stayed deep. Abbott made some good blocks, including one very good one to stop what seemed a certain goal during the first half. 

Spurs Under 19’s 0-1 Fluminense: (match report)

In their second group of game of the Terborg Tournament, Spurs’ Under 19 side faced Brazilian side Fluminense. Wayne Burnett’s side lost the game 1-0, against a Fluminense side who were much the better team, during the match. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while a back four of Dermi Lusala, Alfie Dorrington, Matthew Craig and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. Rio Kyerematen and captain Nile John started in midfield, as Yago Santiago and Romaine Mundle started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jack Grieves. Jamie Donley would lead the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway. The Fluminense number nine hit an early effort into the side-netting of Aaron Maguire’s goal, from the left side of the Spurs box, before the Fluminense number 11 delivered a cross into the Spurs box, which was met by a forward, whose effort came off of the underside of Maguire’s crossbar before bouncing up. The ball then came to their number five, whose overhead kick went over the Spurs goal. Alfie Dorrington blocked an effort from the Fluminense number seven, and then at the other end of the pitch Romaine Mundle was brought down inside the Fluminense box, by their right-back, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. However, Mundle’s following effort was saved by the goalkeeper, who went the right way. 

A free-kick which was delivered into the Spurs penalty area by Fluminense’s number six, was headed wide of the Spurs goal. Dermi Lusala received a yellow card a couple of minutes before a quickly taken free-kick from the number seven of Fluminense, allowed their left winger space and time with the ball on the left side of the Spurs box. However, Aaron Maguire came rushing out to close down his angles, and he made a good save to stop his effort on goal. Maguire then saved an effort from Fluminense’s number ten inside the Spurs box, before Alfie Dorrington blocked an effort from the number ten, with the ball then going to Fluminense’s number six. His effort from the edge of the Spurs box was really well saved by Aaron Maguire. From a corner-kick late on in the first half, Fluminense’s number three headed the delivery into the box just over the Spurs goal, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Fluminense got the second half underway, and then not long into the half Spurs made a double substitution, as Jack Grieves and Rio Kyerematen were replaced by Toby Adeyemo and Charlie Davis respectively. 

It was from a free-kick that Fluminense took a deserved second half lead, after the ball came to Fluminense’s number five inside the Spurs box, and his low effort found the bottom right hand corner of Aaron Maguire’s goal. Shortly after replacing Yago Santiago, Billy Heaps was shown a yellow card. Fluminense’s number 11 hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal, a couple of minutes before Jamie Donley and Toby Adeyemo both had efforts on goal blocked in quick succession. George Abbott replaced Dermi Lusala at right-back, before Toby Adeyemo hit an effort over on the volley from inside the Fluminense box. Fluminense’s number 17 hit a late effort wide of the Spurs goal, before the referee brought the match to an end.

My man of the match: Aaron Maguire. The Spurs goalkeeper made some really good saves against Fluminense. Maguire was commanding in goal, and Fluminense would have won the match by more goals, were it not for some great saves from the second year scholar.

Spurs Under 19’s 1-1 KRC Genk: (match report)

A Spurs Under 19 side played their first group stage match of the 2022 Terborg Tournament, when they faced talented Belgian side KRC Genk on Friday evening. Wayne Burnett’s side recorded a 1-1 draw in their opening group match of the tournament. It was a good performance from Spurs however, and in what was a very open second half, either side could have won the match. Adam Hayton started the match in goal, while George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Dermi Lusala started in defence. Matthew Craig and captain Nile John started in midfield, with Romaine Mundle and Yago Santiago starting out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams would lead the line for Spurs. Genk got the game underway. Adam Hayton came rushing out of his goal to confidently get to a lofted forward pass, before then clearing number eight’s forward pass (unfortunately I couldn’t manage to find a team-sheet), fairly early on in the game. After Alfie Dorrington was unable to clear/control a forward pass, Genk’s centre-forward and number nine was able to get onto the ball and go forward with the ball down the right side of the Spurs box. Adam Hayton did really well to save the centre-forward’s effort, with Charlie Sayers then clearing the ball.

After receiving a pass from number five on the left side of the Spurs box, Genk’s number 11 hit Adam Hayton’s near post, with a fine effort. An effort from a Genk player was then deflected wide inside the Spurs box, before their number four had a headed effort saved by Hayton, from a Genk corner-kick. Jamie Donley had an effort blocked at the opposite end of the pitch, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time (each half is 25 minutes long). Spurs got the second hand underway. Wayne Burnett’s side got the second half off to a great start, as Spurs took an early lead. It was a good move, as Santiago passed the ball to Donley down the left side of the Genk penalty area, and his early low cross to Jaden Williams, was tapped past the Genk goalkeeper from close range, 1-0. Nile John hit an effort over from distance on the right flank, before Toby Adeyemo (a player from Watford FC) came on to replace Jaden Williams. After receiving the ball on the left flank and going inside onto his right foot, the Genk number 11 had an effort saved by Adam Hayton. George Abbott then blocked an effort on the edge of the Spurs box, before the Genk number 14 managed to find the bottom right hand corner of Hayton’s goal, 1-1.

After receiving a pass, the Genk number nine had a deflected effort on the turn saved by Hayton. Jack Grieves came on to replace George Abbott, a couple of minutes later. Charlie Sayers headed Yago Santiago’s cross into the Genk penalty area, just wide of the goal. Shortly after that chance for Spurs, Jamie Donley headed wide Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick. The Genk left-back then delivered a cross into the Spurs box, which was met by their number 11, whose headed effort on goal was excellently saved by Adam Hayton. The ball then came to another Genk player, but his effort from close range hit the post, before being cleared. After gettting on the ball on the edge of the Spurs box following a corner-kick, the Genk number 15 hit an effort over Adam Hayton’s goal. Romaine Mundle hit a free-kick from out on the right flank, into the side-netting of the Genk goal, before at the other end of the pitch, the Genk number seven came inside with the ball onto his right foot, before hitting an effort over the Spurs goal.

Spurs came very close to getting a late winner, after Jamie Donley brought the ball forward towards the edge of the Genk box, before hitting a powerful effort which hit the crossbar. Matthew Craig received a late yellow card, before the referee sounded his final whistle. Spurs’ next group match is against Brazilian side Fluminense, tomorrow afternoon.

Player reviews:

  • Adam Hayton: My man of the match, see below.
  • George Abbott: Starting the match at right-back, first year scholar George Abbott defended well, and often stayed deep to help the central defenders, during his time on the pitch. 
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half worked well alongside Charlie Sayers, and the defender from Enfield did some good defensive work, and was also good in the air.
  • Charlie Sayers: This was a very impressive performance from the left footed central defender, who was really assured in defence. Sayers made some really good decisions, was always alert and his positioning was also good. The second year scholar also went on one very good run with the ball, out from defence.
  • Dermi Lusala: Starting the match at left-back, full-back Dermi Lusala supported Yago Santiago well in forward areas.
  • Matthew Craig: The defensive-midfielder worked well in central midfield, before then going to right-back, during the second half. 
  • Nile John: The Spurs captain often got forward well, and like Matthew Craig he worked well in midfield.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger went on some good forward runs with the ball during the game, and he started the match well. Romaine started the match out on the right flank. 
  • Jamie Donley: This was a good performance from the Spurs CAM, who set-up Jaden Williams’ goal, and also hit the crossbar late on in the game with a really good effort. Donley worked really hard, and his movement off the ball was good.
  • Yago Santiago: Starting the match out on the left flank as a winger, Yago Santiago went on some runs forward with the ball, and he was direct with it. He was also involved in Spurs’ goal.
  • Jaden Williams: The Spurs centre-forward led the line well, and was in a good position to score his goal, early on in the second half.
  • Toby Adeyemo: The Watford player went to centre-forward after replacing Jaden Williams.
  • Jack Grieves: The Watford player went into central midfield after replacing George Abbott during the second half.

My man of the match: Adam Hayton. The goalkeeper and second year scholar made two very good and important saves against Genk, on Friday evening. However, they weren’t the only saves that Adam made, and his all-round performance in goal was very good.

Spurs Under 23’s 1-2 Chelsea: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side traveled to the Cobham Training Centre to face a strong Chelsea side which included Trevor Chalobah and Malang Sarr, in their final Premier League 2 fixture of the 2021/22 season. Spurs lost the match, with Chelsea scoring two goals late on in the second half, to make sure that they avoided relegation to the Second Division of the Premier League 2. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Dermi Lusala started in defence. Spurs’ captain Jamie Bowden and Nile John started in midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Kion Etete would lead the line for Spurs, who got the match underway on a nice day at the Cobham Training Centre. Early on in the match Malachi Fagan-Walcott made an important and good challenge on Harvey Vale. Then a couple of minute later Yago Santiago had a cross from the left flank pushed away by Chelsea goalkeeper Lucas Bergstrom, just before Romaine Mundle won a free-kick on the edge of the Chelsea box. However, his resulting effort was blocked by the Chelsea wall. Santiago hit an effort wide after going inside with the ball onto his right foot, from the left flank.

Marqes Muir received an early yellow card for a challenge on Harvey Vale, before Spurs managed to create a good chance. Yago Santiago managed to win the ball off of Trevor Chalobah, he then passed the ball to Kion Etete, who gave the ball to Romaine Mundle on the right side of the Chelsea box, but his effort was blocked well by Malang Sarr. After Mundle managed to get onto the ball following a pass from Malang Sarr, he passed the ball to Alfie Devine inside the Chelsea box, but Devine’s effort was blocked. Thimothée Lo-Tutala saved Thierno Ballo’s low effort from the edge of the Spurs penalty area, before Marqes Muir did well to block Thierno Ballo’s effort inside the Spurs box. Malachi Fagan-Walcott had a header saved by Bergstrom, from a Bowden cross, before Jamie Bowden received a yellow card, with the referee then sounding his whistle for half-time. Chelsea got the second half underway. A good Spurs move saw Mundle pass the ball to Devine on the right side of the Chelsea box, and the midfielder then crossed the ball for Kion Etete at the back post, but his effort was deflected behind off a Chelsea player.

Spurs took the lead in the 57th minute of the game, through Kion Etete. Jamie Bowden’s corner-kick was met by Kion Etete at Luca Bergstrom’s back post, and Etete was able to head the ball towards the centre of the goal, with it already having crossed the line when Xavier Simons headed it into the roof of the goal, 1-0. After going on a great run with the ball, Romaine Mundle had an effort from the edge of the Chelsea penalty area saved. Then J’Neil Bennett replaced Alfie Devine, who had picked up an injury. Mason Burstow came very close to meeting a cross into the box, a couple of yards out from the Spurs goal. Nile John hit an effort over from the right side of the Chelsea box, before Kallum Cesay received a yellow card. Max Robson then replaced Nile John, who seemed to have picked up an injury. After going past Dermi Lusala with the ball on the left side of the Spurs box, Lewis Hall squared the ball for Dion Rankine to tap home from close range, 1-1. Max Rosbson received a yellow card just before the game got started again.

Lo-Tutala was able to save Harvey Vale’s curling effort, before Chelsea took the lead for the first time in the game. After receiving a pass from Xavier Simons on the right side of the Spurs box, Mason Burstow hit a deflected effort on goal via a deflection off of Fagan-Walcott, which Lo-Tutala was able to save, but not gather. As Joe Haigh was able to tap the ball into the goal, 1-2. Maksim Paskotši replaced Marqes Muir, in what was Spurs’ final change of the game. Malachi Fagan-Walcott sent a looping header just wide of the Chelsea goal, after meeting Jamie Bowden’s free-kick inside the Chelsea box. Trevor Chalobah then made a challenge on Max Robson inside the Chelsea box, which Robson was adamant should have been a penalty for Spurs. Mason Burstow’s effort from the right side of the Spurs box was saved by Lo-Tutala, before Spurs managed to create one last good chance. Romaine Mundle’s cross to Kion Etete inside the Chelsea box, was headed down by the centre-forward to Santiago, who then passed the ball to Jamie Bowden on the edge of the Chelsea box, but his effort went over the goal. The referee sounded his final whistle a couple of minutes later, to bring Spurs’ Premier League 2 season to an end.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper made some good saves, but it was how he commanded his box and came rushing out his goal to clear the ball on occasions, which impressed me the most today. 
  • Kallum Cesay: The right-back defended well, but he also showed some good skill on the ball.
  • Marqes Muir: I was impressed once again with how the first year professional defended, during the game today. Marqes made a good block in the first half, but he was at times very clever in how he defended against a good Chelsea side.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dermi Lusala: The left-back often stayed deep, but he did get forward well on occasions.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain made some good passes and took some good set-pieces today. He was creative with the ball, but he also read the game well.
  • Nile John: The midfielder was tidy on the ball, and he supported the forwards well, before unfortunately having to be substituted.
  • Romaine Mundle: Very inventive with the ball during the first half, Romaine Mundle went on some good runs with the ball down the right flank.
  • Alfie Devine: The Spurs CAM made some good passes during his time on the pitch and worked well with the forwards. However, he unfortunately had to be substituted because of injury.
  • Yago Santiago: On his 27th competitive appearance of the season for Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side, Yago Santiago started the Chelsea match as a winger on the left flank. He would later move to the CAM position after Alfie Devine was substituted.
  • Kion Etete: The centre-forward made his first competitive appearance of the season for the Spurs Under 23 side on Sunday, after returning from loan club Cheltenham Town. The 20 year old would lead the line well against Chelsea, score a good headed goal and he also held the ball up well.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The second half substitute went out to the left flank, where he played as a winger.
  • Max Robson: The second half substitute went on a good run with the ball down the left flank, into the Chelsea penalty area, and he was adamant that Trevor Chalobah had fouled him, and that he should have had a penalty. 
  • Maksim Paskotši: The late substitute replaced Marqes Muir on the right side of central defence.

My man of the match: Malachi Fagan-Walcott. Starting the match as a left sided centre-half, 20 year old defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott was in my opinion very good defensively against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. The defender read the game so well, made some really good challenges and he didn’t deserve to be on the losing side today. He was excellent.

Spurs Under 18’s 0-5 Arsenal: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed Arsenal to Hotspur Way on Saturday morning, for their final Premier League South fixture of the 2021/22 season. Spurs lost the north London derby 5-0, in what was a disappointing end to the season, with Arsenal the much better side on the day. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while a back four of Maxwell McKnight, Will Andiyapan, Alfie Dorrington and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. George Abbott and Dante Cassanova started in midfield, as Thomas Bloxham and Billy Heaps started out on the flanks, either side of CAM and Spurs captain Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams would lead the line for Spurs. Arsenal got the match underway. Early on in the match Mauro Bandeira hit an effort which deflected just wide of the Spurs goal. Then from the following corner-kick which was delivered by Bandeira, Alfie Dorrington tried to clear the ball, but it came to James Sweet inside the Spurs box, and he was able to finish past Maguire, 0-1. Aaron Maguire saved a deflected effort soon after the goal, and then against the run of play Spurs were awarded a penalty kick, after Henry Jeffcott handled Maxwell McKnight’s cross inside the Arsenal penalty area. However, Jamie Donley’s resulting penalty kick was saved low down by Remy Mitchell.

Rio Kyerematen replaced the injured Thomas Bloxham in what was Spurs’ first change of the game, before Jamie Donley had an effort blocked inside the Arsenal box. Jack Henry-Francis volleyed over Mauro Bandeira’s cross, before Arsenal doubled their lead. As Jack Henry-Francis volleyed James Sweet’s cross into the bottom right corner of the Spurs goal, 0-2. Amario Cozier-Duberry hit an effort into the side-netting of Maguire’s goal, from the left side of the Spurs box. After that chance Alfie Dorrington made a really good challenge on James Sweet inside the Spurs box. Arsenal made it 3-0 on 31 minutes, after Mauro Bandeira received a pass from Jack Henry-Francis inside the Spurs box, the midfielder went past Jahziah Linton with the ball, before hitting the ball into the goal, via a deflection off of Alfie Dorrington, 0-3. Billy Heaps hit an effort into the side-netting of the Arsenal goal from the left side of their box, before Charles JR Sagoe saw his deflected effort go over Aaron Maguire’s goal. Dorrington then made an important block from Charles JR Sagoe’s effort inside the Spurs box.

Maguire saved Mauro Bandeira’s effort from distance, before Dorrington blocked an effort from the same player soon after. Mauro Bandeira had an effort from the right side of the Spurs box saved by Maguire, just before Charles JR Sagoe headed Mauro Bandeira’s cross wide of the Spurs goal, in what was the final chance of the half. Spurs got the second half underway, with Riley Owen replacing Dante Cassanova at half-time. Bradley Ibrahim curled an effort just over Aaron Maguire’s goal, just before Maguire had saved Jack Henry-Francis’ effort with his feet inside the Spurs box, before then saving Charles JR Sagoe’s resulting effort. Bradley Ibrahim hit a low effort wide of the Spurs goal, and a couple of minutes later Maxwell McKnight did well to block Jack Henry-Francis’ volleyed effort at the back post of Aaron Maguire’s goal. A clearance from the Spurs goalkeeper then rebounded off of Charles JR Sagoe, but Will Andiyapan was able to clear the ball on the line, just in time. After going inside with the ball from the left side of the pitch, Amario Cozier-Duberry had an effort saved by Aaron Maguire. Then at the other end of the pitch Jamie Donley had a headed effort saved from a Riley Owen cross. 

Arsenal extended their lead after Jack Henry-Francis met Mauro Bandeira’s low cross inside the Spurs box, and his effort was blocked on the line by George Abbott, with the ball then looping up, and Alfie Dorrington was unfortunate not to be able to clear it for a second time, as it crossed the line, 0-4. Archie Chaplin replaced Jahziah Linton, before George Abbott hit an effort from the edge of the Arsenal box.  Charles JR Sagoe’s low effort inside the Spurs box was saved by Maguire, just before Arsenal got their fifth goal of the game. Ismail M’Hand managed to win the ball off of Archie Chaplin, before bringing the ball into the Spurs box, and finishing well past Aaron Maguire, at his near post, 0-5. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time a couple of minutes later. The season may now have finished for the Spurs Under 18 side, but the end of season Terborg Tournament in The Netherlands starts on the 27th of May, and I imagine that a number of players from Stuart Lewis’ side will travel to that tournament.

My Spurs player of the match: Aaron Maguire. Although centre-half Alfie Dorrington  made some really good challenges and blocks, as well as bringing the ball out well from the back, I thought that Spurs’ goalkeeper Aaron Maguire was Spurs’ best player against Arsenal. The second year scholar made a number of impressive saves to keep the score down to 5-0. Maguire has impressed every time that I have seen him play for Spurs this season. 

Spurs Under 18’s 3-3 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Brighton & Hove Albion in a Premier League South fixture on Tuesday afternoon, at The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre, in Lancing. Stuart Lewis’ Spurs side recorded a 3-3 draw with Brighton, in what was a brilliant game of football. Spurs lined-up with Adam Hayton in goal, while Maxwell McKnight, Will Andiyapan, Alfie Dorrington and Jahziah Linton started in defence. George Abbott and Dante Cassanova started in midfield, as Jaden Williams and Billy Heaps started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rio Kyerematen. Spurs’ captain Jamie Donley led the line. Brighton got the game underway. After going inside with the ball from the right flank, Benicio Baker-Boaitey hit an effort over the Spurs goal. Will Andiyapan then managed to block Jack Hinshelwood’s effort inside the Spurs box, before Marcus Ifill managed to latch onto a loose pass in midfield and then went forward with the ball, before giving it to Zak Emmerson inside the Spurs box. However, Adam Hayton came off his line to close down Emmerson’s angles, before making a good save.

Benicio Baker-Boaitey hit the post after volleying a cross on the edge of the Spurs box, before Brighton took the lead. Baker-Boaitey was able to make a through-ball pass to Emmerson in the centre of the Spurs box, and the former Oldham Athletic player was able to finish low past Hayton, who did manage to get a hand the ball, before it went in off one of the posts, 0-1. Dante Cassanova hit the Brighton wall from a free-kick effort, and then the alert Adam Hayton came rushing out of his goal to clear away Samy Chouchane’s forward pass. Hayton then managed to stop Marcus Ifill’s low effort from going into the goal, before then saving Zak Emmerson’s effort on the turn, inside the Spurs box. Benicio Baker-Boaitey hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal, after going inside with the ball. A couple of minutes later Leigh Kavanagh deflected Dante Cassanova’s effort from the edge of the Brighton box, onto the crossbar. Jamie Donley had an effort blocked, with Rio Kyerematen then hitting a low effort wide, after meeting George Abbott’s pass inside the Brighton box.

Zak Emmerson headed wide Casper Nilsson’s cross, with Spurs then going forward with the ball. Rio Kyerematen headed the ball to Donley, who had an effort saved by Hugo Fisher in the Brighton goal. Abbott hit an effort wide from a Spurs corner-kick, just before Spurs got an equaliser. A good Spurs move ended with Abbott passing the ball to Billy Heaps on the left side of the Brighton box, and the first year scholar curled a good effort into the goal off of Hugo Fisher’s left hand post, 1-1. Alfie Dorrington then received a yellow card, just before Jaden Williams had an effort blocked inside the Brighton box. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time shortly after. Spurs got the second half underway. The second half got of off to a brilliant start for Spurs, after Jamie Donley curled in a free-kick effort from the edge of the Brighton box, into the top right hand corner of Hugo Fisher’s goal, 2-1. However, Brighton soon equalised, after Maxwell McKnight lost the ball on the edge of the Spurs box to Marcus Ifill, who went down the left side of the Spurs box before hitting the ball into the goal, off of Hayton’s left hand post, 2-2.

After going inside with the ball from the left flank, Billy Heaps had an effort saved. Then Jamie Donley had an effort blocked on the edge of the Brighton box, before Marcus Ifill hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal from the left flank. Cassanova blocked Zak Emmerson’s effort, as the match continued to be lively. Donley curled over a free kick, just before Billy Heaps made a brilliant forward pass to Donley, inside the Brighton box. However, his low effort was saved by the feet of Hugo Fisher. George Abbott then had an effort blocked, before Thomas Bloxham came on to replace Dante Cassanova. Joshua Duffus had an effort saved by Adam Hayton, with Billy Heaps then having an effort blocked at the other end of the pitch. Jamie Donley received a yellow card, before Rio Kyerematen received a pass from Donley inside the centre of the Brighton box. However, his initial effort was saved by Hugo Fisher, with his second effort being blocked by a defender. Billy Heaps had a free-kick effort blocked, and then shortly after that chance, Brighton took the lead.

Zak Emmerson’s good effort from the left side of the Spurs box, deflected past Maxwell McKnight and past Adam Hayton in the Spurs goal, 2-3. However, in the 90th minute of the match Spurs were able to draw level once again. A really good lofted forward pass from Billy Heaps to Jamie Donley inside the centre of the Brighton box, saw Donley bring the ball down, before finishing well past Hugo Fisher, 3-3. Alfie Dorrington headed over Billy Heaps’ free-kick at the back post, inside the Brighton box, just before the referee sounded his final whistle to bring an end to a brilliant game of football. Spurs’ final Premier League South match of the season is a home north London derby against Arsenal at Hotspur Way, on Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Adam Hayton: The Spurs goalkeeper had a good game today, against Brighton. The second year scholar made some very good and important saves, and he also read the game well, as well as communicating well with the defence throughout the match. 
  • Maxwell McKnight: The right-back had a lot of defending to do against Brighton, but he did get forward well when he could.
  • Will Andiyapan: Starting the match at centre-half, Will Andiyapan had a good game alongside Alfie Dorrington, in my opinion. He did have to defend a lot against the talented Zak Emmerson.
  • Alfie Dorrington: Starting the match on the left side of central defence, Alfie Dorrington made some good clearances, and he also supported the forwards whenever he could.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back had a solid and good game defensively, against Brighton on Tuesday.
  • George Abbott: The defensive-midfielder had a good all-round game, and the first year scholar provided an assist for Billy Heaps’ goal. He covered a lot of ground in midfield.
  • Dante Cassanova: The central midfielder read the game well and got on the ball quite a lot during the match.
  • Jaden Williams: Starting the match as a winger on the right flank, forward Jaden Williams was direct, but he also showed some good skill on the ball.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Starting the match in the CAM role, Rio Kyerematen went on some forward runs with the ball, and was unlucky not to score from his two chances that he had during the second half.
  • Billy Heaps: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs captain led the line really well and his all-round performance today was very good. He scored two well taken goals, and was unlucky not to score a hat-trick. Donley worked so hard off the ball, as he tracked back to help out defensively.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The second half substitute was involved quite a lot in Spurs’ forward play during his time on the pitch.

My man of the match: Billy Heaps. Starting the match as a winger on the left flank, first year scholar Billy Heaps had a very good game against Brighton on Tuesday. The midfielder worked really hard off the ball as he helped out the defence, but it was his reading of the game as well as his excellent passing ability which impressed me the most today. The player from Stevenage created two really good chances for Jamie Donley, as he provided one assist, as well as scoring a well taken first half goal.

Spurs Under 23’s 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Brighton & Hove Albion in their final home Premier League 2 match of the 2021/22 season, on Monday afternoon. Wayne Burnett’s side recorded a 0-0 draw with Brighton, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Dermi Lusala started in defence. Captain Jamie Bowden and Nile John started in central midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Dane Scarlett led the line for Spurs. Brighton got the match underway. Nile John had an early effort blocked on the edge of the Brighton box, before Spurs’ captain Jamie Bowden hit an effort from the edge of the Brighton penalty area, narrowly over the goal. A good Spurs move followed, as Devine passed the ball to Mundle on the right flank, and he then gave the ball to Yago Santiago, down the right side of the Brighton box. However, the former Celta Vigo player had his resulting effort saved by James Beadle, before the ball was then cleared away.

After receiving Nile John’s pass on the edge of the Brighton box, Romaine Mundle showed some good skill on the ball, before passing the ball to Alfie Devine on the right side of the Brighton penalty area. However, Devine’s powerful effort was tipped behind well by Beadle. Dane Scarlett headed wide from a Jamie Bowden corner-kick, before Santiago had an effort blocked. A long ball forward from a Brighton defender resulted in Lo-Tutala going out of his box to try and clear the ball, but he was unable to, but Malachi Fagan-Walcott was able to get the ball clear in time. Bowden headed an effort wide from Romaine Mundle’s cross, and then shortly after Dermi Lusala saw his deflected effort go wide of the Brighton goal. After receiving the ball on the left side of the Spurs box, Cameron Peupion had a low effort on goal saved by Lo-Tutala. Dane Scarlett just missed being able to meet Romaine Mundle’s cross into the Brighton box, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. 

Spurs got the second half underway. Devine hit an effort over the Brighton goal, before Andy Moran managed to find Odeluga Offiah, on the right side of the Spurs box. However, Offiah’s effort went into the side-netting. Dane Scarlett then hit over Romaine Mundle’s low corner kick, inside the Brighton box. Jamie Bowden then hit a free-kick effort (it took a deflection off of the Brighton wall) onto James Beadle’s crossbar. Santiago then headed Mundle’s resulting corner-kick into the side-netting of the Brighton goal. The alert Marqes Muir managed to block behind Cameron Peupion’s effort from inside the Spurs box, just before Alfie Devine received a yellow card after making a challenge. Spurs’ first changes of the game saw J’Neil Bennett and Maksim Paskotši came on to replace Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Dane Scarlett respectively. After meeting Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick inside the Brighton penalty area, Yago Santiago had a good headed effort brilliantly kept out of the goal by James Beadle, before then heading an effort wide from the resulting corner-kick.

After showing good skill on the ball after going inside from the left flank with the ball, Romaine Mundle had an effort saved by Beadle. Brighton then created a good chance, after Andy Moran passed the ball to Todd Miller on the left side of the Spurs box, but Marqes Muir managed to keep up with him, and after doing well to close down his angles, Miller hit the ball into the side-netting of Lo-Tutala’s goal. Max Robson came on to replace Romaine Mundle, and then a couple of minutes later Cameron Peupion’s curling effort on goal was tipped over well by Lo-Tutala. Ed Turns headed a Brighton corner-kick into the side-netting of the Spurs goal, a couple of minutes later. At the other end of the pitch Maksim Paskotši headed over Yago Santiago’s corner-kick. Jamie Bowden then had an effort blocked, before J’Neil Bennett also had an effort blocked. Bowden made an important challenge on Lorent Tolaj, just before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ final Premier League 2 fixture of the season is away to Chelsea, next Sunday afternoon.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper kept his fourth clean-sheet of the season for Spurs’ Under 23 side, on Monday afternoon. Lo-Tutala made two important saves for Spurs on the day.
  • Kallum Cesay: The right-back got forward well on occasions during the match.
  • Marqes Muir: My man of the match, see below.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: This was a good performance from the centre-half, who during his 66 minutes of the pitch, made one really fine and important challenge. The 20 year old had a good game alongside Marqes Muir.
  • Dermi Lusala: The left-back completed the whole of the match, at left-back.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain started the match in the defensive-midfield role, and he managed a good number of goal attempts.
  • Nile John: The midfielder started the match in central-midfield, alongside Jamie Bowden, rather than starting the match in the CAM role.
  • Romaine Mundle: In my opinion Romaine Mundle was Spurs’ most creative player against Brighton on Monday afternoon. The winger went on some good and skilful runs with the ball, and his set-pieces were good.
  • Alfie Devine: He may not have got on the ball as much as he has done in matches this season, but on his return to the Spurs Under 23 side Alfie Devine made a good impression on the game, both with and without the ball.
  • Yago Santiago: Starting the match out on the left flank, Yago Santiago managed a good number of goal attempts today, and he was very unlucky not to score a goal.
  • Dane Scarlett: The centre-forward returned to the Spurs Under 23 side today, and during his time on the pitch he made some good runs off the ball.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The skilful winger went out to the left wing, after replacing Dane Scarlett.
  • Maksim Paskotši: The second half substitute went to the left side of central defence.
  • Max Robson: The late substitute worked hard off the ball during his time on the pitch. 

My man of the match: Marqes Muir. The right sided centre-half was solid, alert and decisive in how he defended against Brighton on Monday. The Lambeth born first year professional made some good decisions in defence today, and he defended well against the talented Andy Moran. Muir did well to close down Todd Miller’s angles to stop him from scoring a goal inside the Spurs box, and that was just one example of his fine defending and reading of the game, during the match against Brighton.

Spurs Under 18’s 2-3 Norwich City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Norwich City on Saturday, in a Premier League South fixture at their Lotus Training Centre. The second time that Spurs’ Under 18 side have faced Norwich in the league this month, Stuart Lewis’ side lost the match 3-2, in what was a difficult game for Spurs, with Norwich getting better and better as the match went on. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while a back four of Will Andiyapan, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started the match in central midfield, while Sam Amo-Ameyaw and Thomas Bloxham started the match out on the flanks, either side of CAM Riley Owen. Spurs’ captain Jaden Williams led the line. Norwich got the match underway. Riley Owen had an early effort blocked on the edge of the Norwich box, before Michael Reindorf headed wide Harry Brooke’s cross at the other end of the pitch, not long after. Dorrington headed wide from a Cassanova free-kick on the right flank, and then Spurs took the lead in the 14th minute of the match. 

After Norwich City goalkeeper David Aziaya’s clearance wasn’t cleared as he would have liked, the ball came to Jaden Williams. The Spurs forward received the ball inside the Norwich box, and he then gave the ball to Thomas Bloxham, on the left side of the Norwich penalty area. Bloxham came inside onto his right foot and found the right hand corner of the goal, with a good curling effort, 1-0. A good Spurs move followed, and after Bloxham managed to find Sam Amo-Ameyaw on the right side of a Norwich box with a pass, Amo-Ameyaw came inside with the ball before curling an effort just over the goal. After winning the ball on the left flank, Joe Duffy came inside onto his right foot before hitting a brilliant effort from distance towards Maguire’s goal, which went in off his left hand post, 1-1. Jaden Williams and Archie Chaplin both had efforts blocked inside the Norwich box, before Dante Cassanova did well to block Alex Matos’ effort behind, from the right side of the Spurs box. 

Sam Amo-Ameyaw came inside from the right and had a low effort saved by David Aziaya. Riley Owen then hit an effort over the Norwich goal. Harry Brooke’s pass towards Alex Matos in behind the Spurs defence, allowed the winger to go down the left side of the Spurs box, before having his effort well saved by Maguire. Rio Kyerematen had an effort blocked inside the Norwich box, and then just before half-time Norwich took the lead for the first time in the game. A good long pass from the right flank to Ken Aboh, resulted in the Norwich centre-forward taking the ball into the Spurs box, before finishing low into the goal, past Aaron Maguire, 1-2. Spurs got the second half underway. Harry Brooke’s lofted pass to Ken Aboh inside the Spurs box, resulted in the Norwich forward having an effort saved by Maguire. The Spurs goalkeeper then saved well from Alex Matos’ effort inside the Spurs box. Spurs then made a double change as Maxwell McKnight and Billy Heaps came on to replace Thomas Bloxham and Riley Owen respectively.

After going on a good run with the ball, Ken Aboh passed the ball to the impressive Finley Welch on the edge of the Spurs box, but his effort went over the goal. After receiving Rio Kyerematen’s pass on the left side of the Norwich box, Maxwell McKnight hit an effort over the goal. Amo-Ameyaw then had a low effort from the edge of the Norwich box saved, before Spurs managed to score an equaliser. After getting on the ball following a loose pass from a Norwich defender, Dante Cassanova passed the ball to Jaden Williams inside the Norwich box, and he then passed the ball to Rio Kyerematen, who finished well from his first time low effort, 2-2. Harry Brooke hit an effort wide from the right side of the Spurs box, and then a couple of minutes later Brandon Bryan-Waugh replaced Will Andiyapan. After having an effort blocked, Rio Kyerematen tried his luck from the left side of the Spurs box, but David Aziaya managed to stop the ball with his feet. Cassanova had an effort blocked after meeting Sam Amo-Ameyaw’s corner-kick inside the Norwich box. 

A good long pass from Billy Heaps to find Maxwell McKnight down the left side of the Norwich box, resulted in McKnight going inside onto his right foot and hitting the ball narrowly wide of the goal. Norwich regained the lead after their captain Bradley Hills found the bottom right hand corner of Aaron Maguire’s goal from a header, after meeting Finley Welch’s cross, 2-3. Archie Chaplin blocked Joe Duffy’s effort, before Aaron Maguire saved Finley Welch’s low effort from distance. Rio Kyerematen received a yellow card, and then the alert Archie Chaplin managed to block Alex Matos’ effort inside the Spurs box, before deflecting a cross onto Maguire’s crossbar. Two late chances saw Williams have an effort blocked inside the Norwich box, and then a couple of minutes later Ben Watt hit an effort over after receiving the ball down the right side of the Spurs box. A late confrontation between both sets of players resulted in Alfie Dorrington and Jahziah Linton both receiving yellow cards, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs face Brighton away on Tuesday, in their next Premier League South match.

Player reviews: 

  • Aaron Maguire: The Spurs goalkeeper and second year scholar made some impressive saves that kept Spurs in the match. Maguire’s distribution was also good, and he tried his best to calm down the late confrontation between both sets of players.
  • Will Andiyapan: The right-back often stayed deep to help out the defence, but unfortunately he picked up an injury during the second half, and he had to be substituted.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half often went on good and skilful runs out from the back, with the ball.
  • Archie Chaplin: Reading the game well and showing good pace on occasions, centre-half Archie Chaplin had quite a lot of defending to do alongside Alfie Dorrington, during the second half.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back got forward well throughout the match.
  • Dante Cassanova: The defensive-midfielder worked hard in midfield, and he was involved in Spurs’ second goal of the game.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Starting the match in central midfield but later moving into the CAM role, midfielder Rio Kyerematen took his second half goal well, and he went on some good forward runs with the ball.
  • Sam Amo-Ameyaw: Starting the game really well out on the right flank as a winger, Amo-Ameyaw came close to scoring a goal during the first half.
  • Riley Owen: The CAM brought the ball forward well on occasions, and he worked hard off the ball in the unfamiliar CAM role.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The scorer of a well taken early goal, Republic of Ireland Under 17 international Thomas Bloxham impressed with his link-up play during the first half.
  • Jaden Williams: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Maxwell McKnight: The second half substitute was direct with the ball, and he came very close to scoring a goal, after he came inside onto his right foot and hit an effort narrowly wide of the Norwich goal.  
  • Billy Heaps: The midfielder made some good passes from midfield during his time on the pitch.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: The right-back and second half substitute went on an impressive forward run with the ball down the right flank, during his time on the pitch.

My man of the match: Jaden Williams. The centre-forward and Spurs captain led the line well on Saturday. The first year scholar made some good runs in behind the Norwich defence, worked really hard off the ball and set-up both of Spurs’ goals. Williams deserved a goal today. 

Spurs Under 23’s 1-0 Derby County: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side traveled up to Derby on Monday, to face a Derby County side who had already been relegated from the Premier League 2 Division One, going into the match on Monday evening at Pride Park. Spurs won this Premier League 2 match 1-0, and it was a game that I thought that Spurs deserved to win. Thimothée Lo-Tutala started in goal for Spurs, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Marcel Lavinier started in defence. Captain Jamie Bowden and Matthew Craig started in midfield, and Romaine Mundle and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Max Robson led the line for Spurs. Derby got the game underway. After showing some nice skill on the ball, Spurs captain Jamie Bowden made a through-ball pass to the alert Max Robson down the left side of the Derby penalty area. However, Robson’s effort went just over Harry Evans’ goal, in what was a good early chance for Spurs. After going on a surging forward run with the ball from midfield, Bowden then hit a low effort wide from the edge of the Derby box.

Max Robson then came close to getting on the end of a low cross into the Derby box, but goalkeeper Harry Evans managed to get the ball clear in time. Spurs continued to do well during the opening stages of the match. After receiving Jamie Bowden’s pass, Romaine Mundle went forward with the ball, before hitting a low effort wide of the Derby goal. Max Robson was shown a yellow card, before a really promising low cross from Kornell McDonald towards Jack Stretton inside the Spurs box, was cleared just in time by Marqes Muir, who did well on that occasion. Spurs took the lead not long before half-time. Santiago passed the ball to Cesay on the right flank, and he then passed the ball to Nile John in the centre of the Derby box. John’s effort was deflected onto the post, but the ball then came to Jamie Bowden inside the Derby box, and his effort found the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 1-0. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time not long after.

Spurs got the second half underway. Jamie Bowden received an early yellow card, before Nile John hit an effort wide from outside the Derby box. After receiving Romaine Mundle’s pass inside the Derby box, Max Robson managed to find Yago Santiago, but his following effort on the turn was saved by Harry Evans. Muir blocked Osazee Aghatise’s effort inside the Spurs box, and then at the other end of the pitch Kallum Cesay hit an effort wide of the Derby goal, from inside their box. Josh Shonibare hit an effort wide of Lo-Tutala’s goal from the left side of the Spurs box, before Romaine Mundle had a good curling effort tipped behind by Harry Evans. Yago Santiago then had an effort from far out blocked, before Romaine Mundle managed to find Marcel Lavinier with a pass down the left side of the Derby box, but his following effort was blocked by Kornell McDonald. Following a pass from Bowden to Robson, the Spurs centre-forward managed to show some good strength and skill with the ball, to take it to the edge of the Derby box, before having his effort saved by Harry Evans.

Spurs made a double change as Max Robson and Nile John were replaced by J’Neil Bennett and Jamie Donley. Marqes Muir was able to get an important touch on the ball just in time, from a good cross inside the Spurs box, before a lofted pass from Bowden to Donley inside the Derby box, saw Donley have a volleyed effort tipped behind by Harry Evans. Then after some good work with the ball from Romaine Mundle, the Spurs winger had an effort blocked. Bennett then had a deflected effort saved by Harry Evans. Kallum Cesay received a yellow card, just before Thimothée Lo-Tutala was able to gather Tyree Wilson’s pass inside the Spurs box. Dermi Lusala then replaced Yago Santiago, in what was Spurs’ final change of the game. An effort from Marcel Lavinier down the left side of the Derby box was saved well by Harry Evans. A couple of minutes later and after a good forward run from Romaine Mundle, he passed it to J’Neil Bennett down the left side of the Derby box. However, Bennett’s effort went over. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly after. Spurs’ next Premier League 2 fixture is at home to Brighton, next Monday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper didn’t actually have a save to make against Derby. The France Under 19 international did show some good composure on the ball however, and his distribution was good.
  • Kallum Cesay: The right-back was involved in Spurs’ goal after passing the ball to Nile John inside the Derby box. Cesay got up and down the right flank well, before moving to the left flank, after Dermi Lusala was substituted on, late on in the match.
  • Marqes Muir: My man of the match, see below.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The left sided centre-half for this match read the game well and alongside Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott did well at defending.
  • Marcel Lavinier: Starting the match as a left-back, Marcel Lavinier often found himself in quite a lot of space out on the left flank. Lavinier got forward well throughout the match, and he came close to scoring during the second half.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain made some good forward passes from midfield and he also showed good skill, as he carried the ball forward well himself, on occasions.
  • Matthew Craig: The midfielder worked hard off the ball and was also tidy with it.
  • Romaine Mundle: The creative winger had a very good game out on the right flank. Mundle went on some excellent and skilful forward runs with the ball, and he was creative with it. During the second half the winger had a very good game.
  • Nile John: Starting the match as a CAM, Nile John was in my opinion at his best against Derby during the first half of the match. John showed some fine skill on the ball.
  • Yago Santiago: The winger who started the match out on the left flank, did well at what he did with the ball, and he used it well.
  • Max Robson: Leading the line well again and impressing with his link-up play and movement off the ball, Max Robson was unlucky not to score a goal from his good early chance. However, Robson worked so well once again off the ball, and he created some good space for himself, and made some good runs in behind the Derby defence.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The second half substitute was very direct with the ball.
  • Jamie Donley: The second half substitute had a good effort saved by the Derby goalkeeper, not long after being introduced to the game.
  • Dermi Lusala: The late substitute went to right-back, as Kallum Cesay moved to left-back, following his substitution on.

My man of the match: Marqes Muir. The right sided centre-half was decisive in his defending against Derby County, and he kept good positioning throughout the match. Getting stronger in his defending as the match went on, Muir defended well against Derby County centre-forward Jack Stretton, and there were a couple of important moments in the game when Marqes stepped up and made some good defensive interventions. He was also good on the ball.

Spurs Under 18’s 2-1 West Bromwich Albion: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed West Bromwich Albion to Hotspur Way for a Premier League South match, on Saturday afternoon. Stuart Lewis’ Spurs side won the match 2-1, after an impressive second half performance saw them turn the game around, after West Brom had taken the lead in the first half. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while a back four of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. George Abbott and Jez Davies started in midfield, while Maxwell McKnight and Thomas Bloxham started out on the flanks, either side of Spurs captain Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. West Brom got the game underway. Jaden Williams had an early effort blocked inside the West Brom box, before Alfie Dorrington blocked Akeel Higgins’ effort, with the ball then going to Jesse Wangusi, whose effort from the edge of the Spurs box, found the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 0-1. Reyes Cleary then hit an effort over from the left flank, before hitting another effort wide from almost the same place, a couple of minutes later. 

Thomas Bloxham was shown a yellow card, and then a couple of minutes later Charlie Sayers made a good defensive intervention from Jesse Wangusi’s cross into the Spurs box. Layton Love headed over a corner-kick from Cleary, as West Brom continued to start the game well. Maguire did well to save Reyes Cleary’s low effort on goal, before a pass from Jez Davies to Maxwell McKnight on the right flank saw McKnight take the ball into the West Brom box, before having a low effort saved by the goalkeeper Ronnie Hollingshead. George Abbott then had an effort blocked on the left side of the West Brom penalty area, before Jaden Williams had a cross from the left headed towards goal by Maxwell McKnight, whose effort was saved by Hollingshead. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time a couple of minutes later. Spurs got the second half underway. Jaden Williams had an early low effort from the edge of the West Brom box, tipped behind by Hollingshead. Then from Thomas Bloxham’s resulting corner-kick, the ball came to George Abbott, whose deflected effort was eventually gathered by the West Brom goalkeeper.

After receiving Reyes Cleary’s pass on the right side of the Spurs box, Jesse Wangusi had an effort well saved by Maguire. At the other end of the pitch Thomas Bloxham had an effort blocked inside the West Brom box, before a pass from Abbott to Williams inside the West Brom box, resulted in the centre-forward having an effort blocked. The impressive Reyes Cleary hit an effort into the side-netting of Aaron Maguire’s goal, from the left side of the Spurs box. After receiving Jaden Williams’ pass just inside the West Brom box, Jamie Donley hit a low effort wide of the goal. After receiving the ball and going inside onto his right foot with it, Thomas Bloxham hit an effort over Hollingshead’s goal. Reyes Cleary than hit an effort just over Maguire’s goal, from inside the Spurs box. From a West Brom corner-kick Jahziah Linton blocked Layton Love’s volley. Then at the other end of the pitch, Jaden Williams had a back-heeled effort saved by Hollingshead.

After Jesse Wangusi’s through-ball pass to Reyes Cleary allowed the West Brom forward to go into the Spurs box, his effort went over the goal. Spurs made a double substitution, as Rio Kyerematen and Billy Heaps replaced Maxwell McKnight and Thomas Bloxham respectively. After Reyes Cleary had an effort inside the Spurs box deflect off of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Aaron Maguire was able to gather the ball. Dorrington then blocked yet another effort from Reyes Cleary, before Spurs managed to get an equaliser. After receiving Brandon Bryan-Waugh’s pass on the right flank, Rio Kyerematen’s low cross into the West Brom box was tapped home by the sliding George Abbott, at the near post, 1-1. Riley Owen replaced Jez Davies, before a low cross from the left of the West Brom box from Donley to Williams, saw the forward have his effort from close range somehow saved by Ronnie Hollingshead, before he then saved an effort from Donley. A couple of minutes later Spurs took the lead for the first time in the match. A cross from the right flank from Brandon Bryan-Waugh into the West Brom box, managed to find Riley Owen in some space. Owen headed the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal, 2-1. 

Billy Heaps hit a powerful effort on goal from the edge of the West Brom box, which was tipped onto the bar by Hollingshead. Very late on in the game Jamie Donley blocked Layton Love’s effort well on the edge of the Spurs box, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ next Premier League South match is away to Norwich City, next Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Aaron Maguire: The Spurs goalkeeper made some smart saves today at important times in the match. Maguire also did well with his distribution.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: The right-back had to defend against the talented and skilful Reyes Cleary, on the left flank. I thought that Bryan-Waugh did well in how he defended against Cleary, and he also set-up Riley Owen’s winning goal. 
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half who signed his first professional contract with the club in midweek, did well at bringing the ball out of defence against West Brom. Dorrington had quite a lot of defending to do.
  • Charlie Sayers: Making some important defensive interventions and keeping good positioning throughout the match, Charlie Sayers and also Alfie Dorrington had a quite a lot of defending to do against West Brom on Saturday.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back got up and down the left flank well against West Brom.
  • George Abbott: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jez Davies: Once again the central-midfielder showed great composure on the ball, and he brought it forward well during his time on the pitch.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Starting the match out on the right flank, first year scholar Maxwell McKnight went on some good runs during the first half, and he showed some great pace, and also delivered some good crosses into the West Brom box. 
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs captain was always looking to receive the ball and looking to make that decisive forward pass.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The left winger once again showed good skill on the ball, and when he received it out on the left flank, he was very direct with the ball.
  • Jaden Williams: The centre-forward led the line well today, and although he didn’t score a goal, he did a lot of good work in the forward areas, and showed some really good skill on the ball, on occasions.
  • Rio Kyerematen: The second half substitute set-up George Abbott’s equalising goal, and he made a good impression on the game during his time on the pitch.
  • Billy Heaps: The second half substitute came very close to scoring from a powerful effort which was really well tipped onto the crossbar by the West Brom goalkeeper.
  • Riley Owen: The winger made a good impression on the game after being introduced to the match late on. Apart from taking his headed goal well, Owen also went on a really good long and skilful run with the ball, which started inside the Spurs half.

My man of the match: George Abbott. This was a very good all-round performance from the midfielder and first year scholar. Abbott covered so much ground in midfield, showed good skill and pace with the ball, and also scored Spurs’ equalising goal. The Islington born footballer impressed greatly with his defensive work today, but he also got forward well throughout the match.