Spurs Under 18’s 0-3 Southampton: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Southampton in a Premier League South game on Saturday, at Spurs’ Hotspur Way training centre. Spurs lost the game 3-0, and I thought that Southampton did deserve to win, and they were particularly strong in the second half of the match. First year scholar Luca Gunter started in goal for Spurs, while a defence consisting of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Will Andiyapan and Jahziah Linton started in-front of him. Captain Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started in midfield, and Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway, and an early chance which came Jaden Williams’ way resulted in the Spurs forward trying his luck on goal from inside the Southampton box. However, the centre forward’s effort deflected behind off a Southampton defender, for a Spurs corner-kick. Léon Pambou blocked behind an effort from Rio Kyerematen, and then at the other end of the pitch the same Southampton player headed wide from Fedel Ross-Lang’s free-kick. Luca Gunter made his first save of the game shortly afterwards, when he saved Kaya Tshaka’s deflected effort on goal.

Brandon Bryan-Waugh was shown a yellow card on 18 minutes, as the game continued to be a close one. Gunter saved Fedel Ross-Lang’s effort from distance, before Joshua Squires came quite close to accidentally putting Maxwell McKnight’s fine cross into the box at the other end of the pitch into his own goal, but he did well in the end. Southampton player Tyler Dibling hit an effort over the Spurs goal, and then a couple of minutes later Jaden Williams had a looping headed effort from a corner-kick saved by Southampton goalkeeper Eddie Beach. After cutting inside onto his left foot, Tyler Dibling hit an effort just over the Spurs goal, and then Jimmy Morgan hit a deflected effort wide, with Fedel Ross-Lang then hitting an effort wide after receiving the ball down the left side of the Spurs box. After Dante Cassanova’s corner-kick came to him on the edge of the Southampton box just before half-time, Brandon Bryan-Waugh had a low effort saved by Eddie Beach, in what was the final chance of the half. Southampton got the second half underway. After Maxwell McKnight won a free-kick on the edge of the Southampton box, Jamie Donley stepped up to take it. However, his curling effort was saved by Eddie Beach.

McKnight then made an impressive headed clearance at the other end of the pitch, as he diverted Luke Pearce’s headed effort from a Southampton corner-kick onto the left hand post of Luca Gunter’s goal. Khalon Haysman came on to replace Renaldo Torraj out on the left flank shortly afterwards. Then in the 55th minute of the game Southampton took the lead. Southampton broke forward as Jimmy Morgan went forward with the ball down the right flank, before squaring the ball for Fedel Ross-Lang inside the Spurs penalty area, and he was able to slot the ball home from close range, 0-1. Jez Davies returned to replace Rio Kyerematen in midfield shortly afterwards, and afterwards Southampton had further chances to extend their lead. Jimmy Morgan had an effort saved by Gunter, before Fedel Ross-Lang had an effort blocked by Jahziah Linton, as Southampton missed a number of good chances. However, not long afterwards the away side did extend their advantage. Jimmy Morgan received the ball on the right flank, and he brought the ball into the Spurs box, before finding the bottom left hand corner of the Spurs goal, with a composed finish, 0-2.

Luca Gunter saved Luke Pearce’s headed effort well, before Spurs created a great chance to get a goal from. As Jahziah Linton played a pass through to Jaden Williams, who was was through on goal, but his effort was straight at Eddie Beach, who also saved McKnight’s effort on the follow up. Luke Pearce hit an effort over the Spurs goal, before Alfie Dorrington received a yellow card. At the end of a good Southampton move Tommy-Lee Higgs hit the ball over Luca Gunter’s goal. Billy Heaps then came on to replace Dante Cassanova in midfield, before in the final real moment of the game Southampton made it 3-0. As Tyler Dibling’s deflected effort from the edge of the Spurs penalty area went past Luca Gunter and into the back of the net, 0-3. Spurs will now travel to Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground next Saturday, in their final Premier League Cup group game of this season.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The goalkeeper made a number of good saves, and he also commanded his box well during the game.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: Making some good blocks and challenges down the right flank, I thought that this was another solid performance from the first year scholar.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half defended well in the air and also showed his quality on the ball.
  • Will Andiyapan: Showing good pace in defence on occasions, Wales Under 17 international Will Andiyapan played on the left side of central-defence today, having played at left-back for most of the games this season.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back got up and down the left-flank well and he made one good clearance off the line in the second half.
  • Dante Cassanova: The Spurs captain made some good passes from midfield against Southampton, during his time on the pitch.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Starting just above Dante Cassanova on the pitch, central-midfielder Rio Kyerematen completed 60 minutes of the match.
  • Maxwell McKnight: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs CAM made some good passes during the game and he tried his best to create chances for Spurs.
  • Renaldo Torraj: It was a strong first half performance from Renaldo Torraj out on the left flank, and once again he showed some tremendous skill with the ball, during his time on the pitch.
  • Jaden Williams: Leading the line once again for Spurs, Jaden Williams pressed the Southampton defence well and he also worked very hard up front.
  • Khalon Haysman: The second half substitute played out on the left flank, and he was very direct with the ball during his time on the pitch.
  • Jez Davies: The midfielder returned today for the first time in a while, as he played in central midfield during the final 30 or so minutes of the match.
  • Billy Heaps: The late substitute was always looking to pass the ball forward from midfield.

My man of the match: Maxwell McKnight. The Colchester born full-back has been playing out on the right flank as a winger quite a bit this season, and today he put in a very good and direct performance, in my opinion. McKnight was quicker than the Southampton left-back, and he went on some really good and strong runs down the right flank, while also showing good ball control and skill. Maxwell also delivered some fine crosses into the Southampton box, and he tracked back well too.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side return to playing Premier League South football, when they host Southampton at Hotspur Way, on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:30am). Last season Spurs beat Southampton 7-0 at home, and then 3-0 away from home at Southampton’s training ground. Southampton have been in good form so far this season, and they currently occupy second place in the league, having picked up 19 points from nine games. Spurs are seven points and seven places behind Southampton, in ninth place. However, Spurs have played one game less than Southampton, going into Saturday’s match. Spurs have a very good record against Southampton at this level in recent years, but this will be another good challenge for Spurs, to play against a team who have scored a lot of goals already this season, and who are also in good form. Spurs will face (at home) Ipswich Town in the third round of this seasons FA Youth Cup, after Ipswich beat Aldershot 4-1 on Thursday, in a second round tie. This will be another difficult game for Spurs. However, I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game against Southampton on Saturday, and my report will be out on Saturday evening.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Chaplin, Andiyapan, Cassanova (c), Kyerematen, McKnight, Donley, Torraj, Williams.

Subs from: Gunter, Abbott, Haysman, Bloxham, Owen.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Kami Doyle. The Southampton player has scored seven goals and provided two assists from from five Premier League South appearances this season.

Some notes on Spurs Academy player Jamie Donley’s excellent start to the 2021/22 season:

Jamie Donley’s start to the 2021/22 season for the Spurs Under 18 side has been superb. The England Under 17 international who was born in Antrim, Northern Ireland, but brought up in Colchester, England, has shown great maturity during the Under 18 matches that I have seen him play this season, as well as in international games. Donley (16) is a centre-forward, but he is also very comfortable playing as a CAM as well. The first year scholar who has been at Spurs for many years, made his competitive Under 18 debut for the club in a 1-1 Premier League South draw with Leicester City, at Hotspur Way in November 2020. He scored Spurs’ only goal of that game. Donley made an additional 12 competitive appearances for Spurs’ Under 18 side that season, scoring two more goals. An excellent individual performance against AFC Wimbledon in that seasons FA Youth Cup, which saw the centre-forward score a brace, would make sure that Spurs progressed to the fifth round of the competition that season. Jamie has started the following 2021/22 season really well. He has made eight competitive appearances for Spurs’ Under 18 side so far this season, scoring a very impressive eight goals, and registering seven assists. In addition to his statistics from Spurs, Donley scored two goals from two appearances for Northern Ireland Under 19’s, and two goals from three appearances for England’s Under 17 side.

A tremendous athlete, who has a good amount of pace despite being tall, Jamie Donley has demonstrated some excellent athleticism so far this season. Strong in the air, and with a good jumping reach as well. Physical and good at holding the ball up and bringing others into play, Donley loves to drop deep into good pockets of space to really show his impressive range of passing (he has a consistently nice weight of pass, from whenever I have seen him play). He has shown that he is very clinical in-front of goal, and also that he scores all different types of goals, with some spectacular goals already scored this season. A player who likes to try and test the goalkeeper from long distance, Jamie is a good runner off the ball, and this season I have paid close attention to his impressive movement off the ball, and his willingness to make late runs into the box from playing in the CAM role. Donley is a very consistent performer and despite his great goalscoring form so far this season for club and country, he has really shown that he is a very unselfish player. He has really fine vision for a pass and he really does take responsibility with the ball. He is a creative and clinical forward who has already shown how effective him and centre-forward Jaden Williams are at linking up on the pitch in the Spurs Under 18 side.

Personally Jamie reminds me very much of Troy Parrott at the same age, in how creative he is with the ball and also his willingness to drop deep to get on the ball to try and create chances, even in these very early days. Both players press the opposition’s defence consistently well, and have a real tenacity about them. Whenever I have seen Donley play this season for Spurs and England, he has consistently shown a real desire to track back and make strong challenges to win the ball when out of possession. In addition both players have shown their ability to dribble really well with the ball, and also win a lot of free-kicks and penalties. Donley has really impressed me in all of the games that I have seen him play in so far this season for club and country, but the game against Reading, where he really showed the great all-round ability that he has, throughout the game and also that ability to link up so well with Jaden Williams, as both complimented each other for 90 minutes, was in my opinion his most impressive performance so far this season, that I have seen. Donley recently won the Spurs goal of the month competition for a simply outstanding overhead kick goal that he scored in a game against West Bromwich Albion, in October. Another excellent goal, this time a lobbed effort was scored against West Ham United during the previous month.

This has been a sensational start to the season from Jamie Donley, and I’m hoping that he’ll get a chance to play in the Spurs Under 23 side at some point this season, but all in good time. Donley will also be key for the Under 18 side in this seasons FA Youth Cup, and of course during the remainder of the league season.

Spurs Under 18’s 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed Brighton & Hove Albion to Hotspur Way on Saturday morning, for a Premier League South game. Spurs won the match 2-1, and it was another good team performance. Making his second competitive appearance of the season following his return from injury, Luca Gunter started in goal, while a back four consisting of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and William Andiyapan started in-front of him. Captain Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started in central midfield, while Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Brighton got the game underway on a cold day in Enfield, but the first chance of the game came Spurs’ way. McKnight passed the ball to Donley inside the Brighton box, but his effort was blocked behind for a corner kick. From the resulting corner kick from Dante Cassanova, the ball ended up coming to Donley, but his effort was saved well by the Brighton goalkeeper Fynn Talley, who made himself big. At the other end of the pitch Donley headed narrowly over Cassanova’s corner kick, before the Spurs forward then hit a free-kick wide. Alfie Dorrington received Spurs’ first yellow card of the game shortly afterwards.

After Jaden Williams had an effort on goal blocked by a Brighton defender, the ball came to Jamie Donley, who hit the crossbar from his deflected effort. After receiving William Andiyapan’s pass inside the Brighton box, Jaden Williams had a low effort saved by Fynn Talley. Joshua Duffus had an effort cleared off the line, before Spurs took the lead in the 37th minute of the game. The impressive Renaldo Torraj picked the ball up on the left flank, before cutting inside and going on a fine and skilful run towards the edge of the Brighton box. He then hit a wonderful and powerful effort past Talley and into the top right hand corner of the goal, 1-0. Shortly after the game got back underway Dante Cassanova received a yellow card, and then a couple of minutes after that Jack Hinshelwood volleyed over Samy Chouchane’s free-kick. Luca Gunter made an important save shortly afterwards to stop Marcus Ifill’s effort, in what was the final piece of action from the first half. Spurs got the second half underway, and early on in the half Alfie Dorrington made a good block to stop Joshua Duffus from testing Luca Gunter. Then Jack Hinshelwood hit an effort just over the Spurs goal, before at the other end of the pitch Maxwell McKnight had an effort blocked. 

Spurs doubled their advantage after McKnight passed the ball to Donley, who then threaded a nice pass through to Rio Kyerematen down the right hand side of the Brighton box. The Spurs midfielder then calmly tucked the ball past the Brighton goalkeeper and into the back of the goal, 2-0. Brighton tried to respond, Jack Gee hit Luca Gunter’s crossbar before Kyerematen blocked a Brighton free-kick. Marcus Ifill had an effort blocked behind for a corner, inside of the Spurs box, before Brighton managed to get a goal back. Luca Gunter dropped a delivery into the box, and the ball fell for Jack Hinshelwood, who was able to score. However, Luca Gunter was not at all happy with the referee that the goal was allowed to stand, and soon afterwards he received a yellow card. Khalon Haysman came on to replace Renaldo Torraj out on the left flank, before Samy Chouchane hit an effort just wide of the Spurs goal. Elliot Jenks then headed just wide at the back post, after meeting Bailey Smith’s cross. 

Thomas Bloxham then replaced Jaden Williams, as Head Coach Stuart Lewis made his second change of the game. A deflected effort from Donley came to Rio Kyerematen inside the Brighton box. He was one on one with Fynn Talley, but the Brighton goalkeeper was able to save his effort from close range. After latching onto Jamie Donley’s pass down the left side of the Brighton penalty area, Thomas Bloxham skipped past a Brighton defender before having his effort saved by the Brighton goalkeeper, in what turned out to be the final chance of the game. Spurs’ next league game is after the international break, when they host in-form Southampton at Hotspur Way.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The Spurs goalkeeper didn’t have a lot to do today, in regards to making saves. He did make one important save in the first half and he was unlucky to concede in the second half.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: This was a solid performance at right-back from the first year scholar. Bryan-Waugh made some good challenges during the game.
  • Alfie Dorrington: Central-defender Alfie Dorrington was assertive in defence, made some good blocks and also led well from defence.
  • Archie Chaplin: I thought that this was another strong defensive performance from Archie Chaplin, overall. Chaplin showed his quality on the ball, but also in defence as well.
  • William Andiyapan: Playing at left-back Wales Under 17 international William Andiyapan read the game well down our left flank, and kept good positioning throughout the game.
  • Dante Cassanova: The Spurs captain worked really hard in midfield, and he also worked well alongside Rio Kyerermaten. Cassanova broke up play well in the middle of the pitch.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Getting forward well from midfield, England Under 17 international Rio Kyerematen took his goal well in the second half, but he also kept good positioning in midfield.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Playing as a winger out on the right flank, Maxwell McKnight went on some strong forward runs down the right flank. He was always looking to take on the Brighton left-back.
  • Jamie Donley: The England Under 17 international had a couple of good chances in the first half, which he was unlucky not to score from. Donley worked well off the ball and his passing was good as well.
  • Renaldo Torraj: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jaden Williams: Making some good runs off the ball, centre-forward Jaden Williams led the line well and worked hard to try and influence the game.
  • Khalon Haysman: The second half substitute moved out to the left flank initially before moving to the CAM role.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The late substitute showed good skill to go past a Brighton defender, before having an effort saved by the goalkeeper, late on in the game.

My man of the match: Renaldo Torraj. Playing out on the left flank Renaldo Torraj gave the Brighton right-back a difficult game. Going on some really fine and skilful runs, the versatile player was creative and unpredictable out on the left flank, and he could even have won a penalty in the first half. It was a very strong first half performance from Renaldo, who took his goal excellently well.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side host Brighton & Hove Albion at Hotspur Way on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:30am), in a Premier League South game. Spurs’ Under 18 side won 2-1 away to Aston Villa in their most recent away game, and they face a Brighton side tomorrow who have picked up 13 points from eight league games this season, and who occupy seventh place in the Premier League South. Last season Spurs recorded a 2-1 win and a 1-1 draw with Brighton in the league. Always a difficult team to play at this level, Brighton are a talented team who like us, play good football. This should be an interesting game of football, and I will be in Enfield reporting on tomorrow’s game. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Chaplin, Andiyapan, Cassanova, Kyerematen, McKnight, Donley, Torraj, Williams.

Subs from: Gunter, Willhoft-King, Abbott, Haysman, Bloxham.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Zak Emmerson (17). The former Oldham Athletic player, who made two senior league appearances for the Lancashire based club, is an England Under 18 international. The forward has scored an impressive nine league goals and provided two assists from eight league games for Brighton’s Under 18 side so far this season.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Aston Villa: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side travel to the Midlands on Saturday to face Aston Villa at their training ground. The game which starts at 12:00pm, is a game which will see Spurs play against the current FA Youth Cup winners, in Aston Villa. Drawing 1-1 and losing 2-0 in competitive meetings with Aston Villa at this level last season, tomorrow’s home side have picked up seven points from seven league games so far this season, and are one point above Spurs in the league. Spurs’ Head Coach Stuart Lewis should be able to welcome back England Under 17 internationals Rio Kyerematen and Jamie Donley back to the Under 18 side for Saturday’s match, after both were recently away with England on international duty. Tomorrow’s game will be another tough one for Spurs, especially as Aston Villa are unbeaten at home in the league this season. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, McKnight, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Linton, Cassanova (c), Haysman, Kyerematen, Donley, Owen, Williams.

Subs from: Gunter, Bryan-Waugh, Abbott, Bloxham, Amo-Ameyaw.

Injured/unavailable: Roshaun Mathurin.

Doubtful: Jordan Hackett.

Previous meeting: 1-1

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Dewain Sewell. The Aston Villa player has been involved in nine goals (six goals and three assists) from six league appearances so far this season.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Stoke City: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side will play their second group game of this seasons Under 18 Premier League Cup, when they face Stoke City at Hotspur Way on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 13:30pm). Not a side that Spurs would usually face at this level, Stoke City are currently bottom of the Under 18 Premier League North, having picked up four points from their opening six league games of this season. This is a game which Spurs will need to win to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition, after losing their opening group game to Leeds United. Spurs’ last competitive meeting with Stoke City actually came in this competition back in 2019. On that day Spurs won 3-2. This will be an interesting game, and I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for it. My match report will be published on Sunday.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, McKnight, Bryan-Waugh, Chaplin, Andiyapan, Cassanova (c), Haysman, Torraj, Bloxham, Owen, Williams.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Linton, Abbott, Heaps, Amo.

Injured/unavailable: Roshaun Mathurin.

Doubtful: Jordan Hackett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Emre Tezgel (16). The centre-forward has scored seven league goals from just five appearances so far this season.

Spurs Under 18’s 3-0 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side hosted fellow London side West Ham United at Hotspur Way in a league meeting on Saturday morning. Spurs won what was a very lively match 3-0, with Jamie Donley, Jaden Williams and Rio Kyerematen getting Spurs’ goals. Spurs lined up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while Maxwell McKnight, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and Will Andiyapan lined up in defence. Captain Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started in central midfield, and Khalon Haysman and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the match underway. Renaldo Torraj headed away an early headed effort on the Spurs goal before Alfie Dorrington blocked Regan Clayton’s effort inside the Spurs penalty area. Divin Mubama headed just over the Spurs goal from a cross, as West Ham started the game well. However, Spurs took the lead in the 14th minute of the game through Jamie Donley. Maxwell McKnight’s lofted pass over the top of the West Ham defence set Donley through on goal, and with the West Ham goalkeeper off his line the Northern Ireland Under 19 international decided to try a lobbed effort on goal. Donley’s looping effort went over the West Ham goalkeeper and bounced into the back of the goal, 1-0. Not long afterwards Regan Clayton lost the ball just outside of the West Ham box, and Jaden Williams was there to receive the ball, enter the West Ham box and finish low past Jacob Knightbridge and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 2-0.

Lo-Tutala saved a free-kick from Archie Woods before Archie Chaplin lost the ball to Woods, who then hit an effort across the face of the Spurs goal. Dante Cassanova had an effort blocked before George Earthy hit an effort over from the edge of the Spurs box. After Jaden Williams had won the ball off of Archie Woods he tried to catch the goalkeeper off his line from distance, but his effort went wide. Donley had a headed effort saved from Khalon Haysman’s cross, before the final piece of action of the half saw Renaldo Torraj latch onto McKnight’s cross inside the West Ham box. The Spurs wingers resulting effort hit against the woodwork. West Ham got the second half underway. Khalon Haysman was shown a yellow card for a challenge, before Maxwell McKnight was also shown a yellow card a couple of minutes later. Substitute Gideon Kadua had an effort well saved by Lo-Tutala from close range, in what was West Ham’s best chance of the game so far. Jacob Knightbridge tipped behind Haysman’s curling effort inside the West Ham box, and then from the following corner kick Rio Kyerematen met Dante Cassanova’s very good ball into the box, and headed it past the West Ham goalkeeper, despite his best efforts, 3-0. Jamie Donley was shown a yellow card shortly after the restart, and then a couple of moments later Will Andiyapan prevented Gideon Kadua from being through on goal, by making a very good and well timed challenge.

Renaldo Torraj had an effort blocked, and then Spurs made their first change of the game as George Abbott came on to replace Renaldo Torraj. Abbott was fouled soon after coming on, by Asher Falase, who was shown his second yellow card of the match and sent off. Thomas Bloxham replaced Khalon Haysman a couple of minutes before Jaden Williams headed an effort just over the West Ham goal from Dante Cassanova’s corner kick. Lo-Tutala saved well from Gideon Kadua’s headed effort, before Maxwell McKnight came off to be replaced by Jahziah Linton. A long ball over the top allowed Gideon Kadua to be through on goal, but his low effort went wide of the goal. Regan Clayton then hit an effort over the Spurs goal from distance, before at the other end of the pitch Williams cut the ball back inside the West Ham box for substitute George Abbott, but his effort went wide. George Earthy hit a late effort over, before Dorrington headed over Cassanova’s free-kick, in what was the final piece of action from the game. Spurs’ next game at this level is away to West Brom in the league – next Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: Making a couple of good and important saves and commanding his box well, I thought that the France Under 19 international had a good game.
  • Maxwell McKnight: The right-back got the assist for Spurs’ opening goal of the game after making a good pass over the top of the West Ham defence to set-up Jamie Donley. McKnight played well today and also got forward well too.
  • Alfie Dorrington: It was an assertive performance from the right-sided centre-half. Dorrington was good in the air, kept good positioning throughout the game and also made some good challenges as well.
  • Archie Chaplin: My man of the match, see below.
  • Will Andiyapan: Starting at left-back and then later switching to right-back for the latter stages of the game, Wales Under 17 international Will Andiyapan had another good and solid game. Andiyapan made a really important and courageous challenge to stop Gideon Kadua from being through on goal during the second half.
  • Dante Cassanova: The Spurs captain impressed with his excellent deliveries from set-pieces today, and the midfielder also played well in the central areas of the pitch. 
  • Rio Kyerematen: The midfielder went on some good forward runs through the middle off the pitch, worked hard off the ball and also took his second half goal well.
  • Khalon Haysman: Playing out of position out on the right flank against West Ham – Khalon Haysman got stuck in defensively, tracked back well and also got forward well with the ball on occasions.
  • Jamie Donley: Showing good skill on the ball Jamie Donley took his first half goal excellently. Donley made some good passes and runs into good areas of the pitch, and he pressed the defence really well. 
  • Renaldo Torraj: Making some good forward runs off the ball, left-winger for the match Renaldo Torraj came very close to scoring just before half-time.
  • Jaden Williams: The Spurs centre-forward led the line really well again. Williams took his goal well, moved well off the ball and came close to scoring more goals on the day.
  • George Abbott: The second half substitute was lively out on the left flank and he came close to scoring during his time on the pitch.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The second half substitute went out to play on the right flank, where he was forward thinking whenever he received the ball.
  • Jahziah Linton: The late substitute filled in at left-back for Spurs on Saturday.

My man of the match: Archie Chaplin. Carrying on from his impressive performance against Reading two weeks ago, central defender and schoolboy footballer Archie Chaplin did well once again for the Spurs Under 18 side today. Like Alfie Dorringotn he was assertive in defence, kept good positioning and passed the ball out well from the back. Early on in the game Chaplin made an important challenge to stop a West Ham forward from being through on goal, and he also made some more tackles during the game, as him and Dorrington complimented each other well. I was impressed with how he has stepped up to play for Spurs at this level, and hopefully he’ll start again against West Brom next Saturday.

Spurs Under 18’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side return to league action this Saturday when they host West Ham United at Hotspur Way (the game starts at 11:00am). Head coach Stuart Lewis saw his side win their first competitive match of the new season in their last league match, which was against Reading, earlier this month. Spurs most recently lost 3-1 to Leeds United in the Premier League Cup, last Saturday. Last season Spurs won their opening match against West Ham 4-1, before then recording a 1-1 draw at Hotspur Way later in the season. West Ham have picked up six points from their opening four league games of this season, while Spurs have picked up three points from their opening four league games. Always a tough game, Spurs versus West Ham at this level has been a memorable fixture in recent years. Spurs will be hoping to record their second competitive win of the season tomorrow, but with players like Sonny Perkins (West Ham’s top scorer at this level this season), Michael Forbes and Gideon Kadua, it will be a tough game. I shall be reporting on tomorrow’s game, and my match report will be out late tomorrow. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Torraj, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Linton, Cassanova (c), Haysman, Bloxham, Donley, Owen, Williams. 

Subs from: Krasniqi, McKnight, Chaplin, Kyerematen, Heaps.

Injured/unavailable: Roshaun Mathurin.

Doubtful: Jordan Hackett.

Previous meeting: 1-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Sonny Perkins. West Ham’s top scorer in the league this season – Sonny Perkins has been involved in five goals from four appearances (four goals and one assist).

Spurs Under 18’s versus Leeds United: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side will play their first group game of this seasons Premier League Cup on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 14:00pm), when they face Leeds United at their Thorp Arch Training Centre. Spurs are in a difficult group which also contains Fulham and Stoke City. However, hopefully Spurs can start the group off well, by getting a good result against a Leeds United side who have picked up six points from their opening four league games of this season, and they haven’t actually faced Spurs at Under 18 level in a competitive game for a long time. Spurs got their first competitive win of the new season last Saturday, against Reading, and that will give them confidence going into tomorrow’s game. Leeds have a good Under 18’s side, and one of their players to watch out for is Northern Ireland youth international Charlie Allen, who could be a difficult player to play against if involved on Saturday. Unfortunately I wont be able to make Saturday’s game, as I’m at the Under 23 game against Blackburn Rovers the night before. And it’s just too difficult to get from there to where the Leeds match is being played. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Torraj, Dorrington (c), Andiyapan, Linton, Haysman, Kyerematen, Bloxham, Donley, Owen, Williams.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Chaplin, McKnight, Cassanova, Amo. 

Injured/unavailable: Roshaun Mathurin.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Northern Ireland Under 19 international Charlie Allen (17). The former Linfield midfielder has made three competitive appearances for Leeds United’s Under 18 side so far this season, and last season he scored three league goals from 15 appearances for them.