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Spurs Reserves v West Ham United Reserves

Spurs  2 - West Ham Utd  2

Rather a disappointing result against our East London rivals, after a very good display in the first half.

As early as the fifth minute Kitson, after chasing a long through ball while holding off Thelwell, shot beyond Keller to put the visitors one up.

Directly from the restart, Etherington made an excellent run down the left before squaring the ball for Sherwood, who drilled his shot into the bottom corner of the net past Bywater, the England Under-21 keeper from 20 yards out. Sherwood then headed Spurs into the lead, in the 22nd minute, from Etherington's corner.  Tim's glancing header left the keeper standing !!

The remainder of the half was dominated by Spurs, with the visiting keeper making fine saves from Rebrov and Etherington.  During this period Kamanan and Bunjevcevic also went close, without testing the goalie.

West Ham were more in the game in the second half, with Keller forced to make three superb saves to preserve Spurs lead.  At the other end Rebrov (twice), Piercy and Sherwood all narrowly failed to add to that lead. 

With only 2 minutes remaining, Kitson reacted quickest after a corner was headed down in the 6 yard box, to level the scores at 2-2.

There were several encouraging performances from Spurs most notably from Etherington, but he must try to be more involved for the whole game.  Rebrov is a class act, Keller showed what a good keeper he is, Bunjevcevic had a good run out in midfield and Gardner will shortly be back in first team reckoning, as his fitness level improves.

Spurs : -  Keller; Toner, Thelwell, Gardner, Thatcher, Piercy, Sherwood, Bunjevcevic, Etherington, Kamanan (Sutton 82), Rebrov.
Subs not used : Snee, Kelly, O'Donoghue, Consorti.

Chris Engel

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