|In A Forest|
Spurs Reserves vs. Notts. Forest Reserves 28.8.2001
|If any of you are thinking of
making the trip to Stevenage to see a reserve's home game, I for one,
would wholly recommend it. I took Jonesy Jnr. and two of his mates
and at £5 at the turnstile for me and £3 each for the 'ankle-biters'
it wasn't too extortionate. There is plenty of free parking across
the road and running the gauntlet of crossing the dual carriageway puts
you right at the turnstiles. Chips and cold drinks are also quite
reasonable at £1 each.
So to the match. Spurs looked a lot stronger on the team-sheet to me. This is probably due in part to me having heard of six of ours and none of their players. After a bit of a shaky start - Consorti looked particularly uncomfortable - Tim Sherwood began to boss the midfield. This allowed Etherington down the left and Ferguson, who was operating mainly down the right, to get in some testing crosses. Kamanan, who was the main target, had the ball delivered to his feet within the penalty area on three or four occasions, but was unable to get a clear shot on goal. Sherwood came closest from an Etherington cross, heading just over the bar. In amongst such a small crowd, you can clearly hear the players shouting to each other and the coach shouting at the team, I obviously need to watch a few more games though, before I get the hang of what Colin Calderwood is actually saying.
All Spurs supporters will appreciate the
feeling I then started to get. We were dominating the play
and creating everything but the pass that put the goalscorer in. All
of a sudden, up front for Forest, a speedy-looking David Johnson and
Gareth Edds on the left flank started to make our centre-backs, Perry
and O'Donoghue look less than confident. On the break, we looked
stretched and the unthinkable (Forest scoring) looked a possibility for
about fifteen worrying minutes. Fortunately the game turned our
way after a slick move lead to Leonhardsen putting Ferguson through with
only the 'keeper to beat. While four men in red held a hand in the
air, one in black shook his head and Ferguson calmly slotted the ball in
the corner. Half time swiftly followed.
Man Of The Match - Leonhardsen
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