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.

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

Spurs’ Under 18 side traveled to Surrey on Tuesday, to face Chelsea at their Cobham training ground, in a Premier League South fixture. Spurs lost the match 3-2, but it was a game that they deserved at least a draw from. Adam Hayton started in goal for Spurs, while a back four of George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Jordan Hackett started in front of him. Rio Kyerematen and Jez Davies started in central midfield, and Maxwell McKnight and Billy Heaps started out on the flanks, either side of captain Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. It was Spurs who got the game underway, but it didn’t start how they would have wanted it to, with Chelsea taking the lead inside the first minute of the match. After Rio Kyerematen slipped, the ball was taken off of him by Chelsea player Louis Flower, who then passed the ball to Ronnie Stutter inside the Spurs box, and he then finished past Adam Hayton in the Spurs goal, 0-1. Adam Hayton then saved Edwin Andersson’s effort from the left side of the Spurs box shortly after, after he had received a pass from Zain Silcott.

Jamie Donley had an effort well blocked inside the Spurs box, before Spurs got an equaliser through Maxwell McKnight. After Chelsea goalkeeper Max Merrick had accidentally passed the ball to McKnight on the edge of the Chelsea box, the Spurs player powerfully finished into the empty goal, 1-1. Charlie Sayers blocked Ronnie Stutter’s effort on goal, and then a couple of minutes later a good Spurs move came to an end with Maxwell McKnight receiving the ball on the right side of the Chelsea box. He then passed the ball to Rio Kyerematen, who was in the centre of the box. However Kyerematen’s effort was saved by Max Merrick. Kyerematen had a good effort saved by Merrick, a couple of minutes afterwards. At the other end of the pitch Adam Hayton saved Ronnie Stutter’s effort, before then saving Louis Flower’s headed effort from a cross. Chelsea regained their lead in the 22nd minute of the match. After Sam Rak-Sakyi passed the ball to Edwin Andersson down the left flank, Andersson brought the ball into the Spurs box, where he finished into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 1-2.

Charlie Sayers received a yellow card shortly after the game got started again, before Brodi Hughes hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal. Jamie Donley had an effort blocked inside the Chelsea box by Luke Badley-Morgan, and then Chelsea goalkeeper Max Merrick made a really good save to stop Billy Heaps’ powerful dipping effort from distance, before Jaden Williams could tap the ball into the goal. Jez Davies received a yellow card, and then after Jamie Donley received a pass from Davies, the Spurs forward hit an effort over the Chelsea goal. Spurs managed to draw level soon after, as from a Billy Heaps corner-kick, the ball was headed over goalkeeper Max Merrick by a Chelsea player and into the path of Jamie Donley at the back post, and the England youth international was able to find the back of the goal from his first time effort, 2-2. Billy Heaps hit an effort wide from the edge of the Chelsea box, before a good defensive intervention was made by Jordan Hackett to stop a good Chelsea cross from being met at the far post. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time a couple of minutes later.

Chelsea got the second half underway. After Donley managed to find Rio Kyerematen down the left side of the Chelsea box, the Spurs midfielder hit an effort wide of the goal. Harrison Murray-Campbell then blocked an effort from Kyerematen inside the Chelsea box, before the unmarked Jaden Williams just missed connecting with a Jamie Donley cross at the back post of the Chelsea box. After the impressive Malik Mothersille received a pass from Jimi Tauriainen on the right side of the Spurs box, Adam Hayton made an impressive save with his feet to stop Tauriainen’s low effort from going in. Alfie Dorrington glanced a Billy Heaps free-kick wide, before Adam Hayton saved a low effort from Ronnie Stutter inside the Spurs box. Jaden Williams then curled an effort wide from the edge of the Chelsea box, as the game continued to see chances missed at both ends of the pitch. Chelsea substitute Leo Castledine then hit an effort wide from inside the Spurs box, after getting onto a loose ball. 

After being unable to volley a cross how he would have hoped to, Jaden Williams saw his effort from inside the Chelsea box go to Rio Kyerematen, and with only the goalkeeper to beat, he looked likely to score from close range. However, Chelsea goalkeeper Max Merrick somehow managed to save Kyerematen’s effort. The impressive Jez Davies had a deflected effort saved by the Chelsea goalkeeper, after going past a player with ease. Then Leo Castledine hit an effort over from the edge of the Spurs box, in what was a good chance for the home side. Riley Owen replaced Billy Heaps, before the Spurs substitute delivered a corner kick into the Chelsea box, which was nodded just wide of the goal by Charlie Sayers. Sayers then impressively blocked an effort from Ronnie Stutter inside the Spurs box. However, Chelsea took the lead again not long after, in what turned out to be the wining goal. Leo Castledine heading home Edwin Andersson’s corner kick into the centre of the Spurs goal, 2-3.

Late substitutes for Spurs saw Will Andiyapan and Leo Black replace Jordan Hackett and Rio Kyerematen respectively. Unable to create any further chances before the referee sounded his final whistle, Spurs’ winning league run came to an end. Their next Premier League South game is at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. 

Player reviews:

  • Adam Hayton: The Spurs goalkeeper had another good game in goal for Spurs. He commanded his box really well again today and he made some impressive saves as well. 
  • George Abbott: From looking at the result and the fact that Spurs let in three goals, some might think that this couldn’t have been the greatest defensive performance from Spurs, but the Spurs back four did do well today. And midfielder George Abbott had a good game at right-back, making some good decisions and also bringing the ball forward well at times.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half again showed a good understanding with left sided centre-half Charlie Sayers, and he made some good defensive interventions during the match.
  • Charlie Sayers: The left sided centre-half got better and better as the match went on, and his decision making and reading of the game was at times excellent. Sayers was also good in the air. He does at times remind me of former Spurs Academy player and defender Luis Binks.
  • Jordan Hackett: The left-back got up and down the left flank well, and he made some good blocks and clearances during his time on the pitch. 
  • Rio Kyerematen: Unlucky not to score a goal today, central midfielder Rio Kyerematen got forward well and into some good goalscoring positions.
  • Jez Davies: My man of the match, see below.
  • Maxwell McKnight: The right-back started the match as a winger and he scored an early well taken goal. McKnight was always looking to receive the ball out on the right flank.
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs captain again showed his class this afternoon, as he worked really well off the ball, dropping deep to receive it and looking to create chances for teammates. Scoring his 15th goal of the season for Spurs’ Under 18 side against Chelsea in the first half, Donley worked really hard for the team.
  • Billy Heaps: This was another strong performance from the versatile midfielder. Heaps started the match on the left flank as a winger, where he showed some good skill on the ball. He got another assist, this time from a corner-kick, and his all-round performance was a good one.
  • Jaden Williams: The Spurs centre-forward worked really hard once again today, even though he didn’t have any real chances to score from.
  • Riley Owen: The second half substitute went out to the left flank where he played as a winger.
  • Will Andiyapan: The late substitute went to left-back following his introduction tothe game.
  • Leo Black: The late substitute went into central-midfield for the final minutes of the game.

My man of the match: Jez Davies. The central midfielder was really classy on the ball against Chelsea today, and he was always looking to receive the ball, bring it forward and try and go past Chelsea players for skill. Davies was really good on the ball and his many very good surging forward runs from midfield really helped Spurs out against Chelsea.

Spurs Under 18’s 2-1 Norwich City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed Norwich City to Hotspur Way on Saturday, for a Premier League South match. Spurs head-coach Stuart Lewis saw his side win the match 2-1, but Norwich made Spurs work hard to get the win, especially in the second half. Spurs lined-up with Adam Hayton in goal, while a back four of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Archie Chaplin, Charlie Sayers and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. George Abbott and Jez Davies started in central-midfield, while Billy Heaps and Riley Owen started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rio Kyerematen. Spurs captain Jamie Donley led the line. Norwich got the game underway on a warm day in Enfield. An early chance for the away team followed, after Dubem Eze passed the ball to Oscar Thorn on the right side of the Spurs penalty area. However, Thorn’s low effort went across and wide of goalkeeper Adam Hayton’s goal. Rio Kyerematen had an effort saved from the edge of the Norwich box, before centre-half Charlie Sayers headed an effort wide from a Rio Kyerematen free-kick. Kyerematen then had an effort blocked by a defender inside the Norwich box, a couple of minutes later.

Spurs took the lead in the 30th minute of the game through the impressive Rio Kyerematen. After receiving a pass from Jez Davies just outside the Norwich box, Kyerematen hit an effort towards the centre of the goal. However, Norwich goalkeeper David Aziaya got his angles wrong, and ended up being unable to gather the effort which went through his hands and into the goal, 1-0. Rio Kyerematen headed over a cross from Jahziah Linton, before Spurs doubled their lead. The Norwich goalkeeper took slightly too long on the ball inside his box, and he was closed down by Jamie Donley, who ended up scoring after David Aziaya’s clearance rebounded into the goal off of Donley, 2-0. Norwich responded well to Spurs scoring their second goal of the game. After receiving Oscar Thorn’s pass on the right side of the Spurs box, Ken Aboh had an effort saved by Adam Hayton, before the ball was then cleared. Dubem Eze saw his deflected effort go wide of the Spurs goal, before Norwich finally did get a goal, a couple of minutes after Rio Kyerematen was shown a yellow card. A free-kick into the Spurs box ended up coming to Brad Hills, whose headed effort went into the right corner of the goal, 2-1. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time shortly after.

Spurs got the second half underway. Charlie Sayers volleyed an effort over the Norwich goal from a Rio Kyerematen corner-kick, before Brandon Bryan-Waugh was shown a yellow card for making a foul. After showing good skill on the ball Riley Owen had a blocked effort saved by David Aziaya. Spurs’ first change of the game saw Maxwell McKnight replace Brandon Bryan-Waugh, and a couple of minutes after that substitution was made Adam Hayton unfortunately gave the ball away to Finley Welch. The Norwich substitute continued with the ball into the Spurs box before hitting the ball off of Hayton’s near post, with the ball then going behind for a goal kick. Thomas Bloxham replaced Riley Owen, and then after picking up an injury Archie Chaplin was replaced by Leo Black. Rio Kyerematen volleyed a good effort wide of the Norwich goal, before Oscar Thorn hit an effort across Adam Hayton’s goal, at the other end of the pitch. Spurs substitute Leo Black volleyed wide an effort from a Thomas Bloxham cross, as Spurs looked for that important third goal.

Joe Duffy headed a free-kick into the arms of Adam Hayton, before a late Spurs move almost ended in them scoring another goal. After Leo Black managed to win the ball off of Norwich defender Lewis Shipley, the midfielder passed the ball to Rio Kyerematen who then gave the ball to Maxwell McKnight, whose effort inside the Norwich box was tipped over the goal by goalkeeper David Aziaya. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time a couple of minutes later. Spurs’ next league game is on Tuesday, when they face Chelsea at their Cobham training ground.

Player reviews:

  • Adam Hayton: The Spurs goalkeeper and second year scholar didn’t have a lot of saves to make today. He made one good save during the first half, but he dealt really well with crosses and set-pieces into the Spurs box.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: The right-back kept good positioning during his time on the pitch, and he also got forward well on occasions.
  • Archie Chaplin: Defending solidly during his time on the pitch, the centre-half started on the right side of central-defence. Chaplin later had to be substituted after picking up an injury in the second half.
  • Charlie Sayers: The left sided centre-half had a good game for Spurs. The second year scholar was good in the air, and also solid in defence.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back like all of the Spurs defence, had a good game. Linton went on one particularly impressive run with the ball down the left flank during the second half.
  • George Abbott: The defensive-midfielder started the match in midfield, where he worked hard and covered a lot of ground, before later going to right-back.
  • Jez Davies: Carrying on from his impressive performance against West Ham last week, central-midfielder Jez Davies was impressive on the ball and he shielded it well in midfield. After setting-up Rio Kyerematen’s first half goal, Davies went into central-defence in the second half, after Archie Chaplin left the field.
  • Billy Heaps: Starting the match out on the right flank as a winger, midfielder Billy Heaps was efficient in what he did today, against Norwich. Heaps would later go into central-midfield, where he continued to quietly impress.
  • Rio Kyerematen: My man of the match, see below.
  • Riley Owen: The winger started the match out on the left flank, and he started the game well. Owen went on some good runs with the ball during his time on the pitch.
  • Jamie Donley: The centre-forward was always looking to drop deep to receive the ball and create chances for his teammates. Donley scored a slightly fortunate first half goal, but his all-round game was good once again.
  • Maxwell McKnight: After replacing Brandon Bryan-Waugh and going out to the right flank as a winger during the second half, Maxwell McKnight often found himself in quite a bit of space out on the right flank. He was very direct both with and without the ball.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The Republic of Ireland Under 17 international was like Maxwell McKnight, with how direct he was with the ball out wide.
  • Leo Black: This was a good cameo from the midfield player. Leo Black worked well of the ball and was involved in the final third quite a bit during the second half.

My man of the match: Rio Kyerematen. The midfielder and first year scholar started the match against Norwich as a CAM. Kyerematen brought the ball forward really well from midfield, and he used the ball very well today. After scoring a slightly fortunate first half goal, Rio impressed with his delivery from set-pieces, and he showed good skill on the ball throughout the match.

Spurs Under 18’s 5-3 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced top of the Premier League South side going into this game – West Ham United at the Little Heath Sports Centre, on Saturday morning in a Premier League South match. Spurs won what was a fantastic match 5-3, showing great character to get back into the game after going 2-0 down, early on in the second half. Spurs lined-up with Adam Hayton in goal, while a back four of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Jordan Hackett started in defence. Rio Kyerematen and Jez Davies started in central-midfield, and Billy Heaps and Riley Owen started out on the flanks, either side of CAM and Spurs captain Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway on a nice day. However, early on in the match West Ham took the lead, through George Earthy. After receiving Callum Marshall’s through-ball pass, George Earthy continued into the Spurs box, before trying to score with a side-footed effort which despite the best efforts of Adam Hayton, came off the post and back to Earthy to tap home into the goal, 0-1.

Less than six minutes after taking the lead, West Ham doubled their lead through Callum Marshall. After goalkeeper Adam Hayton came out to try and clear George Earthy’s forward pass to Callum Marshall, Hayton unfortunately didn’t make sufficient contact with the ball, and this allowed Marshall to finish into the empty goal from outside of the Spurs box, 0-2. Adam Hayton saved George Earthy’s low effort from distance, before Spurs created a decent chance, as Jaden Williams received Jordan Hackett’s pass, before laying the ball off to Jez Davies on the edge of the West Ham box. However, Jez Davies’ resulting curling effort was pushed away well by West Ham goalkeeper Jacob Knightbridge. Junior Robinson did well to clear a good cross into the West Ham box by Jamie Donley, before Spurs managed to win a penalty. After trying to get onto Jordan Hackett’s cross from the left flank, inside the West Ham box, Billy Heaps was pushed from behind by Kaelan Casey, resulting in the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Donley then stepped up to finish past Jacob Knightbridge, despite the goalkeeper managing to get a hand on the ball, 1-2.

After receiving Jordan Hackett’s pass inside the centre of the West Ham box, Riley Owen controlled the ball before hitting an effort wide of the goal. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time shortly after. West Ham got the second half underway. Rio Kyerematen managed to block Oliver Scarles’ effort inside the Spurs box, before Callum Marshall had an effort well blocked behind by Bryan-Waugh inside the Spurs box. Jamie Donley had an effort from distance saved by the West Ham goalkeeper, before Jaden Williams just missed managing to tap home a good Billy Heaps cross from the right flank. After receiving Jez Davies’ pass, Rio Kyerematen continued with the ball towards the edge of the West Ham box, before hitting an effort wide of the goal. Another good Spurs move this time saw them draw level in the game. After Donley received a pass from Williams out on the left flank, the England Under 17 international delivered a great cross into the West Ham penalty area, at the back post, where he was able to pick out the run of Billy Heaps. The midfield player from Stevenage was able to head home into the goal, 2-2.

Spurs made their first change of the game when Thomas Bloxham replaced Riley Owen out on the left flank. Alfie Dorrington received a yellow card for making a foul, before Brandon Bryan-Waugh won a penalty for Spurs. After receiving Bloxham’s pass on the left side of the West Ham box, Bryan-Waugh was tripped by Asher Falase, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the penalty spot. Jamie Donley stepped up again to take it, but this time his good effort to the left side of the goal was excellently saved by Jacob Knightbridge. Jaden Williams sent a looping header over the West Ham goal, after meeting Bloxham’s cross inside the West Ham box. A couple of minutes later Spurs took the lead for the first time in the game, through Jamie Donley. After receiving a pass from Billy Heaps, Brandon Bryan-Waugh controlled the ball well and took it into the West Ham box. The ball then came to West Ham defender Michael Forbes, but he was unable to clear the ball properly, and the ball came to Jaden Williams. The centre-forward had an effort blocked by a defender, before the ball came to Donley, who powerfully hit the ball into the far corner of the goal, 3-2.

After West Ham goalkeeper Jacob Knightbridge ended up passing the ball out of his penalty area, Jaden Williams managed to latch onto the loose pass. Williams turned inside onto his left foot after entering the West Ham box, before then brilliantly turning around a West Ham defender and finishing well with a low finish, 4-2. Callum Marshall headed wide from a cross, and then after Jamie Donley handled the ball inside the Spurs box from a cross, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Substitute Divin Mubama stepped up to finish past Hayton, into the right corner of the goal, 4-3. Spurs made two late changes, as Maxwell McKnight and Dante Cassanova replaced Billy Heaps and Rio Kyerematen respectively. In the 91st minute of the match Spurs made sure of the win, through substitute Maxwell McKnight. After receiving the ball on the left flank Jamie Donley showed good vision to find Maxwell McKnight at the back post inside the West Ham box from a really good pass, which McKnight volleyed past Jacob Knightbridge, 5-3. Donley hit a good free-kick effort from distance which was saved by the West Ham goalkeeper, before the referee brought the game to an end. Spurs’ Under 18 side welcome Norwich City to Hotspur Way next Friday, for their next Premier League South match. 

Player reviews:

  • Adam Hayton: The Spurs goalkeeper commanded his box well, and was particularly good at dealing with corner-kicks. He recovered well from his unfortunate early error for the second West Ham goal of the game, to have a good match.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: This was very good all-round performance from the Spurs defender, on his return to the side. Bryan-Waugh won a penalty for Spurs, which was subsequently saved, but he was also involved in the build-up play to Jamie Donley’s second goal of the game. The right-back also had a good game defensively.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half along with Charlie Sayers had a lot of defending to do during the first half, but during the second half Dorrington helped Spurs to manage the game well.
  • Charlie Sayers: Like Alfie Dorrington, the centre-half showed some real character to make sure that Spurs got the win.
  • Jordan Hackett: The left-back was involved in the build-up play to Spurs winning their first penalty of the game, and Hackett got forward well throughout the match.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Starting this match as the deepest central-midfielder and completing 89 minutes of the game, Rio Kyerematen and Jez Davies did really well in midfield today. Both linked up well on the pitch, and Kyerematen went on some good skilful runs with the ball.
  • Jez Davies: This was a very impressive performance from the second year scholar, who worked really hard off the ball as well as going on some very good surging runs with it.
  • Billy Heaps: Another player who I thought had a really good game today, Billy Heaps didn’t start the match in central-midfield, but out on the right flank as a winger. Heaps won Spurs’ first penalty of the game, and he also scored a headed goal during the second half. The first year scholar was very determined throughout the game, and he helped out a lot defensively as well.
  • Jamie Donley: My man of the match, see below.
  • Riley Owen: Starting the match on the left wing, Riley Owen worked hard off the ball and was unlucky not to score from his first half chance.
  • Jaden Williams: The centre-forward and Jamie Donley have such a good understanding between each other in matches, and that fine understanding was clear to see again today. Impressing with his movement off the ball, Williams scored a brilliant goal during the second half of the match.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The Republic of Ireland Under 17 international was direct with the ball and showed some fine skill with it out on the left flank.
  • Dante Cassanova: The late substitute went into the defensive-midfield role.
  • Maxwell McKnight: The late substitute made sure of the win for Spurs, after scoring a good volleyed effort. That was his first goal of the season for the Spurs Under 18 side.

My man of the match: Jamie Donley. Starting the match as a CAM, Jamie Donley was one of a number of Spurs players who were excellent against West Ham on Saturday. The Spurs captain scored two goals and also set two up, and he was unlucky not to score a hat-trick after having his second penalty of the game really well saved by the West Ham goalkeeper. Donley’s passing was as excellent as always, and his all-round influence on the game today was very good. He also took up some really good positions in the final third.

Spurs Under 17’s 0-6 Manchester City: (match report)

A Spurs Under 17 side met Manchester City in the final of the 2021/22 Under 17 Premier League Cup, on Wednesday evening at the Loughborough University Stadium. Spurs lost the Cup final 6-0 against a Manchester City side who were excellent throughout the match. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while a back four of Maxwell McKnight, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Jordan Hackett started in front of Maguire. Han Willhoft-King and George Abbott started in central midfield, while Sam Amo-Ameyaw and Jaden Williams started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rio Kyerematen. Captain Jamie Donley led the line. Spurs got the game underway, and after an early penalty appeal from Jaden Williams, which the referee didn’t agree with, Rio Kyerematen had an effort blocked as Spurs started the match quite well. A good move from Manchester City followed however, as Carlos Borges passed the ball to Max Alleyne on the left flank, and he then delivered a low cross into the Spurs box, to find Luca Barrington who hit the ball wide of the goal, and he was possibly put off by the sliding Charlie Sayers.

After receiving the ball out on the right flank Jamie Donley looked up before threading through a brilliant pass towards Rio Kyerematen, who had made a run in behind the Manchester City defence. After getting onto the ball Kyerematen took the ball around the goalkeeper George Murray Jones inside the Manchester City box, before unluckily only managing to find the side netting of the goal from his effort. Not long afterwards Manchester City took the lead. After Maxwell McKnight’s back heeled clearance inside the Spurs box went to a Manchester City player, he then found Dan Ogwuru, who from near to the penalty spot was able to find the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 0-1. After receiving a pass from Rico Lewis down the right side of the Spurs penalty area, Luca Barrington hit an effort wide, across the Spurs goal. Josh Adam then hit a low effort wide of Aaron Maguire’s goal, before another good move from Manchester City led to them scoring another goal. Barrington was found with a pass from Rico Lewis, on the right side of the Spurs box. The winger then passed the ball across to Carlos Borges, who finished low past Aaron Maguire, 0-2.

Luca Barrington hit one of Maguire’s posts after meeting Josh Adam’s pass inside the Spurs box. A couple of minutes later the impressive Luca Barrington hit an effort just over the Spurs goal, from the edge of the Spurs box. Maguire managed to tip behind a powerful effort from distance, before Kian Breckin hit a low effort wide of the Spurs goal. Manchester City were in control of the game, and after Dan Ogwuru received Luca Barrington’s pass on the edge of the Spurs box, Ogwuru saw his effort deflected go over the Spurs goal, off of defender Alfie Dorrington. Just before half-time, Charlie Sayers had a headed effort saved by Manchester City goalkeeper George Murray Jones, after meeting Sam Amo-Ameyaw’s free-kick. Manchester City got the second half underway, after Spurs made their first change of the game as Sam Amo-Ameyaw was replaced by defender Will Andiyapan, who went to right-back. This impressive Manchester City side made it 3-0 not long in to the half, after Josh Adam received Dan Ogwuru’s pass inside the Spurs box, before finishing low and well past Maguire, 0-3. 

Aaron Maguire was able to tip over Luca Barrington’s powerful effort from down the right side of the Spurs box, before Dan Ogwuru hit an effort wide of the goal. After showing some good skill with the ball Carlos Borges hit the ball across the face of the Spurs goal, from the left side of the Spurs box. Josh Adams hit a free-kick effort into the Spurs wall, before Luca Barrington then hit the ball wide of the goal. Manchester City substitute Will Dickinson received a nice pass on the right side of the Spurs penalty area, and would go forward with the ball before finishing low past Maguire, 0-4. Spurs then made two changes in quick succession, as Tyrese Hall replaced Maxwell McKnight, before Riley Owen came on to replace Rio Kyerematen. A good lofted pass from Justin Oboavwoduo to Luca Barrington inside the Spurs box, resulted in Barrington volleying the ball against the woodwork, before it bounced back out to Josh Adam, who finished well with a first time effort from inside the Spurs box, 0-5.

After latching onto a through-ball pass into the Spurs box, Luca Barrington hit an effort over Maguire’s goal. Shortly after Manchester City extended their lead, as Han Willhoft-King, who a couple minutes later would have to leave the field because of injury, would have the ball taken off of him by Will Dickinson. The Manchester City substitute ran into the Spurs box, before delightfully lofting the ball over Maguire and into the back of the goal, 0-6. The referee brought the game to an end a couple of minutes later.

My Spurs player of the match: Jamie Donley. The centre-forward was in my opinion Spurs’ best and most influential player against Manchester City. The Spurs captain for the game would often drop deep to receive the ball, and he made some very good passes forward.

Spurs Under 23’s 1-3 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced West Ham United at their Rush Green training ground on Monday evening in a Premier League 2 match. Spurs lost the match 3-1, against a West Ham side who deserved to win. Spurs lined-up with Joshua Oluwayemi in goal, while a back four consisting of Maksim Paskotši, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Marcel Lavinier started in front of him. Captain Jamie Bowden and Matthew Craig started in central midfield, while Kallum Cesay and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Romaine Mundle. Midfield player Max Robson led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway, but it was West Ham who had the first real chance of the game, with Sonny Perkins heading over from inside the Spurs box, after connecting with a cross from the left flank. After receiving Keenan Appiah-Forson’s pass on the edge of the Spurs box, Armstrong Okoflex had an effort saved by Joshua Oluwayemi. After showing some good skill with the ball on the left flank, Marcel Lavinier came inside with the ball onto his right foot, but his curling effort from distance was saved by Krisztián Hegyi. Yago Santiago then had a penalty shout waived away by the referee, after Harrison Ashby had made a challenge inside the West Ham box.

Romaine Mundle had an effort blocked for Spurs, before Matthew Craig hit an effort over the West Ham goal, after Yago Santiago was able unable to take the ball in his stride inside the West Ham box, after initially controlling the ball well. Pierre Ekwah hit an effort over for West Ham, and then in the 42nd minute of the game, West Ham took the lead. Harrison Ashby’s cross from the right flank was met by Sonny Perkins inside the Spurs box, and the centre-forward managed to control the ball before finding the bottom right corner of Oluwayemi’s goal, 0-1. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time shortly after. West Ham got the second half underway. Spurs had made two changes for the second half as Dante Cassanova and Dermi Lusala came on to replace Jamie Bowden and Makism Paskotši respectively. After receiving the ball on the right side of the Spurs box, Thierry Nevers hit a low effort on goal, which took a slight deflection off of a Spurs defender, before going just wide. West Ham captain Ajibola Alese headed behind Harrison Ashby’s resulting corner-kick.

After Spurs went forward with the ball Marcel Lavinier headed wide after meeting a cross inside the West Ham box. Malachi Fagan-Walcott was shown a yellow card by the referee for making a challenge, and then a couple of minutes later West Ham  doubled their lead. Emmanuel Longelo’s free-kick delivery into the Spurs box was met by Thierry Nevers, who headed the ball into the goal, despite the best efforts of Spurs goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi, 0-2. A good Spurs move after the game got started again saw Lavinier pass the ball to Santiago down the left side of the West Ham box. Santiago squared the ball for Robson, but his first time effort went just wide of the goal. Armstrong Okoflex volleyed an effort over Oluwayemi’s goal, from a corner-kick, before Robson just missed being able to tap home a Marcel Lavinier cross, at the other end of the pitch. The impressive Romaine Mundle had a penalty shout waived away by the referee, and then a couple of minutes later Mundle delivered a really good cross into the West Ham box, which was just missed by Dermi Lusala.

Marcel Lavinier hit an effort wide from distance for Spurs, before Romaine Mundle created a good chance out of nothing. After receiving Kallum Cesay’s pass, Mundle skilfully brought the ball to the edge of the West Ham box, before having a good effort saved by Krisztián Hegyi. Harrison Ashby volleyed an effort wide of Joshua Oluwayemi’s goal from inside the Spurs box, just before West Ham got their third goal of the game. After Sonny Perkins received the ball he brought it forward towards the edge of the Spurs box, and then made a pass to Kamari Swyer on the right side of the Spurs box. Swyer hit a low effort past Oluwayemi, and into the bottom left corner of the goal, 0-3. Marcel Lavinier received a yellow card, before Malachi Fagan-Walcott headed over from a Dermi Lusala cross. Spurs managed to score a late goal, in stoppage time of the second half. After receiving Romaine Mundle’s pass down the right hand side of the West Ham box, Dante Cassanova passed the ball into the feet of Max Robson, in the centre of the box. Robson turned with the ball and showed good composure, before powerfully hitting the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal, 1-3. 

Malachi Fagan-Walcott managed to block behind Keenan Appiah-Forson’s effort, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ next Premier League 2 game is away to Chelsea on the 15th of April.

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: The Spurs goalkeeper was unlucky not to stop West Ham’s second goal of the evening, and he was vocal throughout the game.
  • Maksim Paskotši: I thought that the Estonia international made a couple of good challenges, and did a good job at defending against West Ham player Armstrong Okoflex, on the right flank. Maksim only completed the first half of the game.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The centre-half won a good amount of challenges, but both Malachi and also Tobi Omole had quite a lot of defending to do in the game against West Ham.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half brought the ball out well from defence, but like Malachi Fagan-Walcott he had a lot of defending to do, and was busy throughout the match.
  • Marcel Lavinier: Starting the match at left-back and showing some good skill on the ball as he brought it forward well, the former Chelsea Academy player later moved into a midfield position for the second half.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain only completed the first half of the match, a game in which he started in central midfield, just behind Matthew Craig. Bowden used the ball well in midfield.
  • Matthew Craig: The midfielder worked well off the ball, and after Jamie Bowden left the field for the second half Craig moved into a more defensive midfield position.
  • Kallum Cesay: The Sierra Leone international started the game out on the right flank as a winger, but would finish the game at right-back.
  • Romaine Mundle: My man of the match, see below.
  • Yago Santiago: The former Celta Vigo youth player started the game out on the left flank as a winger and he was unlucky not to get a goal during the first half.
  • Max Robson: The Spurs centre-forward for Mondays game completed the whole of the match. Robson worked really well off the ball, was clever in his movement off the ball and could have scored an earlier goal, but was unlucky on that occasion. However, he deservedly got his first competitive goal at this level very late on in the game, as he finished well after showing good composure in front of goal.
  • Dante Cassanova: The midfielder and second year scholar completed the whole of the second half and he set-up Max Robson’s late goal.
  • Dermi Lusala: The full-back went to left-back after replacing Maksim Paskotši. Lusala went on some good forward runs with the ball down the left flank, and he linked up well with Yago Santiago.

My man of the match: Romaine Mundle. The skilful winger showed throughout the second half his ability to go past players with ease. Mundle showed some excellent skill with the ball as he went forward with it. By far Spurs’ most inventive and creative player during the game, Romaine played a part in Spurs’ only goal of the game. He also delivered some very good crosses into the West Ham box. After starting the game as a CAM, the first year professional went out to right flank as a winger for the start of the second half.

Spurs Under 18’s 2-1 Reading: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side met Reading at their Bearwood Park training ground, in a Premier League South fixture on Saturday. Spurs won the match 2-1, against a Reading side who managed to create more chances than them during the game. However, Spurs defended really well throughout the match, and in the end they deserved to win, because of how well they defended. Adam Hayton started in goal for Spurs, while a back four consisting of Maxwell McKnight, Alfie Dorrington, captain Charlie Sayers and Jordan Hackett started in front of him. Tyrese Hall and Billy Heaps started in central-midfield, and Sam Amo-Ameyaw and Thomas Bloxham started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Riley Owen. Jamie Donley led the line for Spurs. Reading got the game underway. Early on in the match and after receiving the ball out on the left flank, Thomas Bloxham managed to find Tyrese Hall, who had made a run towards the back post inside the Reading box. Hall’s resulting headed effort was saved however, by Reading goalkeeper Tom Norcott. At the other end of the pitch Alfie Dorrington cleared away Ajani Giscombe’s effort inside the Spurs box, before Reading came very close to taking the lead. As Jeremiah Okine-Peters put Princewill Ehibhationham’s low cross from the left just wide, from the centre of the Spurs penalty area.

Alfie Dorrington did really well to block Princewill Ehibhationham’s effort inside the Spurs box, as Reading started the game well. Adam Hayton saved Princewill Ehibhationham’s headed effort from a Reading corner-kick. Then a couple of minutes later Caylon Vickers met a pass inside the centre of the Spurs box, but he put the ball over the goal. A good Spurs move followed, as Jamie Donley made a pass through to Riley Owen inside the Reading box, and Owen went past the Reading goalkeeper before passing the ball to Sam Amo-Ameyaw. The Spurs winger saw his resulting low effort cleared on the line by a defender. After meeting Maxwell McKnight’s clearance inside the Spurs box, Princewill Ehibhationham hit the ball wide of the Spurs goal. Dorrington blocked Ajani Giscombe’s effort, before Jamie Donley hit a free-kick effort into the Reading wall, a couple of minutes later. After receiving Tyrese Hall’s pass on the edge of the Reading box, Sam Amo-Ameyaw hit an effort over the goal. Reading took the lead in the 30th minute of the match. 

After Caylon Vickers went on a good and skilful run with the ball towards the Spurs box, he tried to score a goal. His effort hit one of the posts, before going back in his direction, and this time he was able to finish well, past Adam Hayton, 0-1. Spurs did respond well though, and around four minutes later Jamie Donley managed to get Spurs level in the game. After meeting Sam Amo-Ameyaw’s cross inside the centre of the Reading box, Donley got up well to head the ball past Tom Norcott and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 1-1. Spurs almost took the lead a couple of minutes later, after Amo-Ameyaw received the ball out on the right flank, came inside onto his left foot and hit a low effort against one of Tom Norcott’s posts. Maxwell McKnight then had an effort blocked, in what turned out to be the final real chance of the half. Spurs got the second half underway. After receiving a through-ball pass inside the Spurs box, Ajani Giscombe seemed likely to score however, Tyrese Hall managed to get in front of him and deflect his effort on goal behind for a corner-kick.

Adam Hayton managed to save Jeremiah Okine-Peters’ low effort on goal, before Spurs took the lead in the match. After receiving the ball the impressive Tyrese Hall went down the right side of the Reading box, before squaring the ball for Jamie Donley in the centre of the penalty area. Donley did well to put the ball into the back of the net, possibly via a deflection off of a Reading defender. Adam Hayton saved a deflected effort from Jeremiah Okine-Peters, before at the other end of the pitch Thomas Bloxham hit an effort wide from inside the Reading box. Leo Black replaced Thomas Bloxham a couple of minutes later, as Spurs made their first change of the game. Jordan Hackett made two important blocks in quick succession, to stop Jeremiah Okine-Peters from scoring, inside the Spurs box. A good pass from Jamie Donley to Leo Black, resulted in him hitting a low effort just wide of the goal, from inside the Reading box, as Riley Owen was close to being able to guide it into the goal. After cutting inside from the left flank, Owen had an effort saved by Tom Norcott. After Alfie Dorrington made a good challenge, Billy Heaps blocked an effort on goal. 

Damola Ajayi and Jahziah Linton replaced Jamie Donley and Riley Owen respectively, with around seven minutes of the game remaining. After Caylon Vickers passed the ball to Ajani Giscombe on the edge of the Spurs box, the Reading midfielder hit a powerful effort, which was well saved by Hayton, before the ball was then cleared. Then after Maxwell McKnight’s headed clearance was met by Princewill Ehibhationham inside the Spurs penalty area, Adam Hayton managed to tip his effort over the goal. Hayton then saved well from Ajani Giscombe’s effort on goal, before Alfie Dorrington importantly blocked Princewill Ehibhationham’s effort very late on in the game. Reading’s last effort of the game was from Harry Furlong, whose effort went over Adam Hayton’s goal, with the referee then sounding his whistle for full-time. Spurs face West Ham United away next Saturday, in their next Premier League South game.

Player reviews:

  • Adam Hayton: The Spurs goalkeeper made some very important saves as the game went on. The second year scholar was vocal throughout the match, and the saves that he made made sure that Spurs won the game.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Starting the match at right-back once again, Maxwell McKnight showed his quality while going forward with the ball and he put some good crosses into the Reading box. I also thought that McKnight defended solidly down his side of the pitch, in what was a very good defensive performance from the whole Spurs defence.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half had a very good game today. Dorrington stepped out well with the ball from defence on occasions, but it was his many important blocks and also his good challenges, which helped to stop Reading from getting something out of the game. Dorrington and Sayers worked really well together today in central-defence.
  • Charlie Sayers: The Spurs captain managed to get in front of the Reading forwards really well on occasions today. Sayers defended well throughout, and also showed his fine ability on the ball.
  • Jordan Hackett: The left-back had one of his best games of the season today, in my opinion. The England youth international made some important and brave blocks, and also some good challenges as well.
  • Tyrese Hall: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Billy Heaps: This was another hardworking midfield performance from first year scholar Billy Heaps. The footballer from Stevenage worked well with Tyrese Hall in central-midfield, and they both complimented each other well.
  • Sam Amo-Ameyaw: Carrying on from his impressive performance against Aston Villa last weekend, winger Sam Amo-Ameyaw went on some good and skilful runs with the ball down the right flank. He set-up Jamie Donley’s opening goal of the game, before then going close to scoring a goal himself.
  • Riley Owen: The first year scholar started the game as a CAM, where he linked up well with centre-forward Jamie Donley. Owen would later move out to the left flank, before later being substituted.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The Republic of Ireland Under 17 international worked hard out on the left flank as a winger, and he also helped out the team defensively on occasions, while also getting forward well with the ball.
  • Jamie Donley: The centre-forward impressed with his link-up play, and he dropped deep well with the ball to make some good forward passes. Donley took both of his goals well, and during his time on the pitch he worked really hard.
  • Leo Black: Making his debut for Spurs at this level against Reading, Leo Black started in the CAM position, after being introduced to the game in the second half.
  • Damola Ajayi: The late substitute went into central midfield.
  • Jahziah Linton: The late substitute went out to the left flank where he played as a winger, during his time on the pitch.

My man of the match: Tyrese Hall. Starting the match alongside Billy Heaps in central-midfield as the deepest of the two midfielders, schoolboy footballer Tyrese Hall had a really good game in midfield, as he had a good influence on the game throughout. Hall’s all-round performance in midfield was very good in my opinion. He got forward well on occasions, showed good skill on the ball throughout the match, and covered a lot of ground. On his fifth competitive appearance of the season for Stuart Lewis’ side, Tyrese Hall, who is clearly a versatile player, showed a real desire to want to make a real difference in the game. He set-up Jamie Donley for his second goal of the game and also made a very important block. Hall knew when to get forward well, but also when to stay deep to help out the defence.

Spurs Under 18’s 0-2 Aston Villa: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed Aston Villa to Hotspur Way on Saturday afternoon, for a Premier League South fixture. Spurs lost the match 2-0, and although they were missing a number of regular starters, they did well, and were in the game all match, creating a lot of chances. Spurs lined up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while a back four of Maxwell McKnight, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and Jordan Hackett started in front of him. George Abbott and Billy Heaps started in central-midfield, and Sam Amo-Ameyaw and Riley Owen started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Han Willhoft-King. Captain Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Aston Villa got the game underway on a really nice day at Hotspur Way. After receiving the ball out on the right flank Sam Amo-Ameyaw came inside onto his left foot before having an early effort saved by Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Lewis. A couple of minutes later a loose pass from Alfie Dorrington came to Dewain Sewell, who went down the right side of the Spurs box, before hitting an effort just wide of the goal.

Another loose pass from a Spurs player (Han Willhoft-King) saw the ball come to Dewain Sewell, who crossed the ball to Kadan Young, whose first time effort was saved by Aaron Maguire. A good run down the right flank from Amo-Ameyaw resulted in the winger cutting inside onto his left foot, but his curling effort was tipped over by Sam Lewis. After Alfie Dorrington headed Billy Heaps’ free-kick across goal inside the Spurs box, Jaden Williams did well to catch the ball on the volley, but his effort went narrowly wide of the Aston Villa goal. After receiving Travis Patterson’s pass inside the Spurs penalty area, Chisom Afoka hit a low effort wide of Maguire’s goal. Amo-Ameyaw hit a low cross right across the face of the Aston Villa goal a couple of minutes later, after again showing good skill with the ball. Amo-Ameyaw then had an effort saved by Sam Lewis inside the Aston Villa box, before a Billy Heaps free-kick almost deflected into the path of Archie Chaplin inside the Aston Villa box, but Sam Lewis was able to gather the ball in time.

Travis Patterson hit an effort low and wide from distance for Aston Villa, before at the other end of the pitch Billy Heaps hit an effort wide. Heaps then blocked Aston Villa captain Aaron O’Reilly’s effort, a minute or so after. Aston Villa took the lead about eight minutes before half-time. Dewain Sewell managed to latch onto Billy Heaps’ loose pass on the edge of the Spurs box, before showing good composure in front of goal and finishing well with a low effort past Aaron Maguire, 0-1. Spurs tried to respond before half-time. Jaden Williams had a deflected saved by Sam Lewis, after receiving a pass from Riley Owen inside the Aston Villa box. Sam Amo-Ameyaw then appeared to be fouled inside the Aston Villa penalty area, but he was still able to pass the ball to McKnight, who came inside onto his left foot well, before curling an effort over the goal. Han Willhoft-King then had an effort blocked, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time.

Spurs got the second half underway. Chaplin headed an effort wide from a Billy Heaps free-kick, before McKnight had an effort on his left foot saved. George Abbott played a one-two with Riley Owen inside the Aston Villa box, before seeing his effort saved well by Sam Lewis, with a defender then clearing the ball off the line. Maguire saved well with his feet to stop Kadan Young from scoring inside the Spurs box. Spurs then made their first change of the game, as Damola Ajayi came on to make his debut at this level for Spurs, in place of Billy Heaps. A corner-kick from Ajayi was met by Chaplin inside the Aston Villa box. His headed effort was saved by Sam Lewis, and then Williams also had an effort saved on the follow up. Before Owen then had an effort on goal cleared on the line. Tyrese Hall came on to replace Riley Owen, before Archie Chaplin did well to clear Travis Patterson’s effort. Hall then had an effort blocked, as Spurs continued to look for an equaliser. McKnight hit an effort narrowly over Sam Lewis’ goal, from the edge of the Aston Villa box.

Charlie Pavey headed an effort just over from a cross, before Maxwell McKnight’s fine cross to Tyrese Hall inside the Aston Villa box at the back post, resulted in Hall having his effort tipped behind by the impressive Sam Lewis. Another cross from McKnight a couple of minutes later found it’s way to the unmarked Tyrese Hall at the back post of the Aston Villa box. However, Hall was unlucky as he ended up putting the ball over the goal. Spurs continued to create chances. Jaden Williams’ lofted pass through to George Abbott inside the Aston Villa box, resulted in Abbott having an effort saved by Lewis. However, after Aston Villa player Todd Alcock made a good run in behind the Spurs defence to latch onto Travis Patterson’s pass, he continued into the Spurs box, before finding the bottom right hand corner of Maguire’s goal, 0-2. An impressive challenge from Archie Chaplin on Travis Patterson inside the Spurs box, stopped a chance for Aston Villa late on in the game, with the referee sounding the full-time whistle moments later. Spurs’ next Premier League South game is away to Reading, next Saturday (the game starts at 11.30am).

Player reviews:

  • Aaron Maguire: The second year scholar and goalkeeper had a solid game in goal, and couldn’t have done anything to stop either of Aston Villa’s goals. Maguire made one really good save with his feet during the second half.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Starting this match at right-back rather than as a winger, first year scholar Maxwell McKnight often stayed quite deep to defend during much of the first half (he was still involved quite a bit in the final third). However, as the second half went on McKnight got forward down the right flank a lot more, showed his quality on the ball and delivered some good crosses into the Aston Villa box.
  • Alfie Dorrington: Regardless of the score line, Alfie Dorrington formed a good defensive partnership with the slightly less experienced Archie Chaplin. Dorrington made some good defensive interventions during the game.
  • Archie Chaplin: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Jordan Hackett: The left-back often stayed quite deep on the pitch to help out the two centre-halves.
  • George Abbott: The deepest of the two central midfielders got forward with the ball well, and was involved in some clever play in the final third. Abbott was unlucky not to score again today.
  • Billy Heaps: The midfielder started the match just ahead of George Abbott in central-midfield, where he worked hard during his 61 minutes on the pitch.
  • Sam Amo-Ameyaw: Showing some really good skill on the ball out on the right flank. Particularly during the first half the schoolboy footballer was very direct with the ball and would really test Aston Villa left-back Harvey Rhoades. This was in my opinion Amo-Ameyaw’s best game so far for the Spurs Under 18 side.
  • Han Willhoft-King: Starting the game as a CAM but later going to a central-midfield role, the hardworking midfielder once again showed good composure with the ball when he went on forward runs.
  • Riley Owen: Again showing good skill on the ball, left-winger Riley Owen was direct with the ball and went on some skilful runs with it.
  • Jaden Williams: The Spurs captain was very unlucky not to score today, such was his good movement and hard work off the ball.
  • Damola Ajayi: The second half substitute initially went to start in the CAM position, but later went out to the left flank, on his debut for Spurs at this level.
  • Tyrese Hall: The schoolboy footballer made his fourth appearance of the season for Spurs’ Under 18 side today, when he came on in the second half. A skilful player with the ball, Hall went to the CAM role following his introduction to the game. On another day he could have scored a brace.

My man of the match: Archie Chaplin. The centre-half had a very good game on the left side of central defence. The schoolboy footballer made some really good clearances, challenges and defensive interventions against Aston Villa, and his overall reading of the game was very good. Chaplin is a very quick defender, and he formed a good central-defensive partnership with Alfie Dorrington.

Spurs Under 18’s 7-0 Birmingham City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed Birmingham City to Hotspur Way on Saturday, in their latest Premier League South game. Spurs impressively won the game 7-0 (Jaden Williams got five of Spurs’ goals), and it was a game in which they were much the better team in, throughout. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while a back four of Will Andiyapan, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and Jordan Hackett-Valton started in defence. Han Willhoft-King and George Abbott started in central midfield, with Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj starting out on the flanks, either side of CAM and Spurs captain Rio Kyerematen. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Birmingham got the game underway on a nice day at Hotspur Way, and it was the visitors who actually started the game the better of the two sides. Kieran Wakefield managed to latch onto a loose pass, and he went on a surging run with the ball, past Alfie Dorrington, before continuing into the Spurs box. However, Wakefield’s first effort was saved well by Aaron Maguire, and then moments later Maguire saved well again from the same player, before Jordan Hackett-Valton headed an effort clear on the line.

Spurs responded well to Birmingham’s early chances, and after Renaldo Torraj received Rio Kyerematen’s pass down the left side of the Birmingham box, he came inside onto his right foot before having an effort saved by Alfie Brooks. Rio Kyerematen hit a free-kick from the left flank just over, before then hitting an effort over from the edge of the Birmingham box. A couple of minutes later the England Under 17 international was again involved, this time seeing his effort towards goal blocked by a defender. Renaldo Torraj then had an effort blocked inside the Birmingham penalty area, before at the other end of the pitch Archie Chaplin did well to block Ife Oni’s effort inside the Spurs box. A nice lofted pass from defender Alfie Dorrington managed to pick out Jaden Williams, who had made a good run in-behind the Birmingham defence, but his resulting lofted effort towards goal went just over. Spurs took the lead shortly after, as Archie Chaplin took a free-kick quickly to Maxwell McKnight down the right flank, and his early cross into Jaden Williams in the centre of the Birmingham box, was smartly volleyed low past Alfie Brooks, and into the back of the goal, 1-0.

A lofted pass to McKnight from Williams inside the Birmingham penalty area, resulted in McKnight trying to score from a headed effort. However, the Birmingham goalkeeper managed to punch the ball clear. Dorrington made a good defensive intervention at the other end of the pitch, before Spurs doubled their lead. After Jaden Williams received Rio Kyerematen’s nice ball forward, Williams went forward with the ball, past a Birmingham defender before entering the penalty area and finishing low into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 2-0. Rio Kyerematen hit an effort over from a free-kick, before finding Archie Chaplin inside the Birmingham box, from a corner-kick, but Chaplin’s effort went over the goal. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time a couple of minutes later. Spurs got the second half underway and not long into the half they extended their lead, as Jaden Williams got his hat-trick. After receiving McKnight’s pass inside the Birmingham box, Williams tried to score with an effort on goal, and it ended up taking a significant deflection off of a Birmingham defender, before going into the goal, 3-0.

Midfielder Han Willhoft-King went on a good forward run after receiving the ball in midfield, and it ended with him bringing the ball towards the Birmingham penalty area, and hitting a low effort wide of the goal. After Luke Carsley had brought down Jaden Williams inside the Birmingham box, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Williams stepped up confidently to find the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 4-0. Renaldo Torraj hit a free-kick effort wide, before Billy Heaps came on to replace Han Willhoft-King in midfield. After Williams had an effort blocked inside the Birmingham box, the ball came to George Abbott, who hit the ball into the top left hand corner of the goal, 5-0. Spurs made their two final changes shortly after as Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj were replaced by Riley Owen and Sam Amo-Ameyaw. Amo-Ameyaw and Riley Owen came close to making the perfect start to their time on the pitch, with Amo-Ameyaw’s low cross from the left, almost being tapped home by Owen, but for a Birmingham defender getting to the ball just in time.

After turning well with the ball, Riley Owen passed the ball to Jaden Williams down the left side of the Birmingham penalty area, and Williams calmly put the ball past Alfie Brooks, and into the back of the goal, 6-0. Spurs made it 7-0 less than ten minutes later, after Williams had held the ball up well, before making a good pass to Rio Kyerematen inside the Birmingham box. The Spurs midfielder and captain for the game finished well past Alfie Brooks, with a low effort, 7-0. Aaron Maguire saved an effort on goal from Felix Miles, before Ben Beresford volleyed over from a corner-kick. A couple of minutes later a good Birmingham move ended with Felix Miles having an effort deflected wide of the goal, and then a couple of moments later he had an effort which went over the Spurs goal. The referee sounded the full-time whistle a couple of minutes later. Spurs’ next Premier League South game is at home to Aston Villa, next Saturday at Hotspur Way.

Player reviews:

  • Aaron Maguire: Making two impressive and important saves during the opening minutes of the game, goalkeeper Aaron Maguire didn’t have a lot to do after that. However, the Republic of Ireland youth international was vocal throughout the match, and was always giving out instructions to his teammates.
  • Will Andiyapan: The right-back had a solid game down his side of the pitch. Although Birmingham didn’t test Spurs a lot going forward.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The centre-half started the match to the right of Archie Chaplin, and he made a couple of important defensive interventions during the game.
  • Archie Chaplin: The left sided centre-half once again did not look at all out of place at this level, as he defended well alongside the more experienced Alfie Dorrington.
  • Jordan Hackett-Valton: The left-back made a good headed clearance on the Spurs goal line during the first half. The second year scholar had a solid game defensively. 
  • Han Willhoft-King: Starting the game in a more defensive role to George Abbott, midfielder Han Willhoft-King again showed his quality on the ball on occasions during the game. He worked well with Abbott, and also brought the ball forward well, during his time on the pitch.
  • George Abbott: This was a good all round performance from the first year scholar, who took his second half goal well, helped Spurs to win the midfield contest and also did some good defensive work. 
  • Maxwell McKnight: The winger provided two assists from out on the right flank against Birmingham City, taking his total amount of assists this season at this level to nine. McKnight went on some good runs with the ball during his time on the pitch, as he impressed once again at this level.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Starting the game as a CAM, England youth international and Spurs captain Rio Kyerematen provided a fine assist and scored a goal on Saturday afternoon. Kyerematen tried to score on a number of occasions throughout the match.
  • Renaldo Torraj: The winger who started the game out on the left flank was involved quite a lot in the game during the first half. The second year scholar completed 65 minutes of the match. 
  • Jaden Williams: My man of the match, see below.
  • Billy Heaps: The second half substitute went into central midfield after entering the pitch.
  • Riley Owen: The winger came on during the second half and made a good impression on the game. Owen turned well with the ball before setting-up Jaden Williams for one of his second half goals.
  • Sam Amo-Ameyaw: The winger and second half substitute almost got an assist during his time on the pitch, and he also had a goal ruled out for offside.

My man of the match: Jaden Williams. The centre-forward was outstanding against Birmingham City, leading the line so well as he scored five goals and provided two assists. The first year scholar was involved in all of Spurs’ goals today, and the quality of his performance was so good. Williams made some good runs in-behind the Birmingham defence, held the ball up well on occasions, moved really well off the ball and took all of his goals well. Jaden has now scored 12 goals and provided six assists at Under 18 level for Spurs this season.

Spurs Under 23’s 3-1 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Leicester City in a Premier League 2 fixture on Friday evening, at the Lamex Stadium. Spurs won the game 3-1, after starting the match really well, and going into the half-time break 3-0 up. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while a back four consisting of Maksim Paskotši, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Marcel Lavinier lined-up in front of him. Captain Jamie Bowden and Matthew Craig started in central midfield, and Kallum Cesay and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine, while first year scholar Jamie Donley led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway, and early on in the game Leicester City player Tawanda Maswanhise had an effort blocked inside the Spurs penalty area by Maksim Paskotši. A couple of minutes later at the other end of the pitch, Jamie Bowden had an effort from distance saved by Leicester goalkeeper Brad Young. Jamie Donley then had an effort on goal saved by Brad Young, before Yago Santiago headed an effort wide, after meeting Marcel Lavinier’s cross from the left flank.

Spurs were playing very well, and in the 23rd minute of the match they deservedly took the lead. After controlling Marcel Lavinier’s header well and showing good skill on the ball, Yago Santiago brought the ball forward at pace down the left side of the Leicester box, before finishing low, inside the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 1-0. Less than ten minutes later Spurs doubled their lead, through Alfie Devine. Devine gave the ball to Jamie Donley, who then played the ball through to him inside the Leicester penalty area. Through on goal the England Under 19 international never looked likely to miss, and he confidently finished past Brad Young, 2-0. Spurs wanted to extend their lead before half-time, and after the impressive Jamie Bowden passed the ball out to Alfie Devine on the right flank, Devine brought the ball forward before sending a low cross into the Leicester box. He was almost able to pick out Jamie Donley, but he couldn’t reach the ball, and it deflected past Brad Young off of Leicester player Lewis Brunt, 3-0. This was the final chance of the first half, for either side. 

Leicester got the second half underway and early on in the half Thanawat Suengchitthawon hit a free-kick from distance towards the Spurs goal, but Thimothée Lo-Tutala was able to gather his effort. Lestyn Hughes then had a low effort saved by Lo-Tutala, before the Spurs goalkeeper made another save to stop the same Leicester player a couple of moments later. Lestyn Hughes curled an effort over from the left side of the pitch, before Will Russ hit an effort wide on the turn. Spurs then went on a good forward run, as Alfie Devine showed great pace to go past a Leicester defender and enter the Leicester box, before attempting to square the ball for Jamie Donley in the centre of the penalty area, but his pass was put behind by a Leicester player. A couple of minutes later Jamie Bowden took a free-kick early and managed to pick out Jamie Donley inside the Leicester box, but Donley’s resulting effort was blocked by a defender.

After going on a surging forward run with the ball past Malachi Fagan-Walcott and into the Spurs box, Will Russ tried to score past Lo-Tutala with a lofted effort, but it went wide of the Spurs goal. Dermi Lusala came on to replace Maksim Paskotši at right-back, before Tobi Omole received a yellow card. Ethan Fitzhugh hit a free-kick wide for Leicester, from the right side of the pitch, and then captain Jamie Bowden handed the captains armband to Tobi Omole, as he left the field to be replaced by Romaine Mundle. After latching onto Khanya Leshabela’s through-ball pass, Ethan Fitzhugh was through on goal inside the Spurs penalty area, and the midfielder finished past Lo-Tutala, 3-1. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time moments later, as Spurs won their first game of the year at this level. Their next Premier League 2 game is not until the fourth of April, when they travel to East London to face West Ham United.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper and France Under 19 international made some fairly comfortable saves during the match, but he was very vocal throughout. And he was constantly organising the Spurs defence.
  • Maksim Paskotši: Starting the match at right-back and completing 77 minutes of the game, Estonia international Maksim Paskotši had a solid game in defence. The 19 year old made an excellent long run at pace to get back to make a really good and important challenge on a Leicester player to win the ball, not long before he was substituted.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: Starting the match on the right hand side of central-defence, Malachi Fagan-Walcott defended well alongside Tobi Omole, although they weren’t really tested too much by the Leicester forwards. 
  • Tobi Omole: Like Malachi, Tobi Omole hardly made a mistake during the match and he defended well.
  • Marcel Lavinier: This was an impressive performance from the 21 year old at left-back, as he went on some very good forward runs at pace with the ball, got an assist for the opening goal of the game and defended well down his side of the pitch.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain had a really good game in my opinion, on his first competitive start for the Spurs Under 23 side of the season. Bowden showed some really good skill and composure on the ball in midfield, as he helped Spurs to be the better team in midfield, also making some good forward passes. The 20 year old completed 83 minutes of the game.
  • Matthew Craig: Starting the match alongside Jamie Bowden in central midfield, Matthew Craig covered a lot of ground and did well alongside Bowden. He completed the whole of the match.
  • Kallum Cesay: The full-back actually completed Fridays game as a winger on the right flank. Cesay did however, do some good defensive work. 
  • Alfie Devine: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Yago Santiago: Taking his and Spurs’ opening goal of the game really well, and also going on some nice runs forward with the ball down the left flank and also linking up well with left-back Marcel Lavinier, Santiago had a fine game for Spurs.
  • Jamie Donley: On only his second ever competitive appearance for the Spurs Under 23 side, the forward and first year scholar didn’t look out of place at this level, and he led the line well and got an assist for Alfie Devine’s goal. 
  • Dermi Lusala: The full-back replaced Makism Paskotši at right-back for the final part of the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger replaced midfielder Jamie Bowden in the 83rd minute of the game.

My man of the match: Alfie Devine. The Spurs CAM for the match scored a goal and got an assist, to take his total goal involvements at Under 23 level for Spurs this season to 13 (nine goals and four assists). Devine would often drop deep to try and get on the ball and influence the game, and the second year scholar showed some really good pace and energy both with and without the ball. He took his goal well during the first half, and it was his cross that resulted in the third goal of the game. The England Under 19 international worked really well both on and off the ball, and he is definitely one of the most clinical finishers in the Premier League 2.