Spurs earned their first points of the season with a hard-won win at Southampton in the first game of the month on the 9th. Spurs started well and took the lead when a run by Griffiths ended with a good finish. They got a second when good work by Lock down the right fed Patterson who finished from a tight angle. They had to withstand a strong fightback by the home side in the second half which saw them pull a goal back as well as hitting the woodwork three times. A good result for a young side due to the midweek game ahead in the CYL.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin(C), Lock(Mukendi 68), Hinds, Statham, Reynolds, Bowden, Markanday(Pochettino 89), Shashoua, Maghoma, Patterson(Richards 81), Griffiths.
Unused Subs. - Oluwayemi, Thorpe.
Scorers – Griffiths 10, Patterson 26.
Spurs second game of the month saw Aston Villa visit Hotspur Way on the 23rd. Their bad results against the villains continued as Villa won 1-0. Spurs were not allowed to play football being knocked out of their stride and conceded to one of numerous counter attacks. Most of Spurs attacks were blunted by solid defending with Griffiths hitting a post. Villa won a penalty but De Bie saved the spot kick.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Hinds(Richards 73), Omolabi, Lyons-Foster, Reynolds(Statham 60), Bowden, Markanday, Shashoua, Maghoma, Patterson, Griffiths.
Unused Subs. - Oluwayemi, Pochettino, Tanio.
Spurs third game of the month was away to Reading. With Reading on the bottom of the table without a win was almost a cert for Spurs to lose and that is what happened. Despite Spurs having most of the play and more shots the home side pinched a late goal from a corner to gain their first points of the season. Spurs had early chances including drawing a double save by the royals keeper from Mukendi and then Richards. The game drifted in the second half with few chances. Reynolds did pick up a booking for stopping a counter attack.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Hinds, Statham, Dinzeyi(Reynolds 46), Lyons-Foster, Omolabi, Mukendi(Markanday 64), P. Maghoma, A. Shashoua, Patterson(Griffiths 56), Richards.
Unused Sub. - Freeman, Pochettino.
Booked – Reynolds 75.
Spurs ended the month in ninth place in the Southern League.
U-18 Premier League Cup
This is a new competition that replaces the Merit play-offs section of the League played at the end of the last two seasons. This will see groups of four teams play each other once before knockout rounds being played during the season. Spurs were drawn with Leicester City, Fulham, and Aston Villa.
The first game was away to Leicester on the 16th a month after meeting them in the league when Spurs lost 4-2. This time they came away with a 2-1 victory. Both Spurs goals were scored by Markanday, thanks largely to the other wideman Patterson, in the opening period. Patterson fired in a shot that came back off the far post in the second minute and Markanday reacted quickest to head in. Ten minutes later Patterson shot again and the keeper saved but Markanday was again in the right place to put it in the net. Spurs already had a penalty appeal turned down for a foul on Lock. The foxes keeper had to make a double save from Lyons-Foster and Markanday along with many more before the home side pulled a goal back in the second half from a penalty given against Lock but Spurs continued to create chances to add to their two. Leicester did hit the post late in each half but Spurs ran out winners.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Lock, Statham(Omolabi 72), Lyons-Foster, Reynolds, Bowden, Patterson(Mukendi 68), Maghoma, Shashoua, Markanday, Richards(Pochettino 83).
Unused Subs. - Oluwayemi, Tanio.
Scorer – Markanday 2, 12.
UEFA Champions U-19 League
The first group game was at home to Borussia Dortmund on the 13thbefore the first team took on the same club at Wembley. It turned out to be a comfortable 4-0 win for the youngsters. In an open game Spurs took the lead after only five minutes when Edwards jinking run drew a penalty and he got up to score from the spot. The game was made safe by two goals in two minutes. Bennetts was sent clear after exchanging passes with Duncan and ran into the area before firing in. Edwards corner was headed goalwards by Tanganga and nodded in by Sterling for the third. Early in the second half Edwards free-kick was turned onto the far post by a defender before Edwards hit the fourth after a run from the right wing. Spurs saw out the game to pick up the points.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Eyoma, Marsh, Tanganga, Brown, Skipp, Edwards(C), Oakley-Boothe, Duncan(Shashoua 64), Bennetts(Roles 71), Sterling(Griffiths 81).
Unused Subs. - Hinds, De Bie, Omolabi,Lyons-Foster.
Scorers - Edwards 5(pen), 61, Bennetts 30, Sterling 32.
Booked – Roles 75.
The second group game was against APOEL in Nicosia on the 26th. This should have been an easy victory but the cypriot side had learnt a thing or two from the heavy 10-0 defeat to Madrid. They sat deep and defended with numbers preventing Spurs from getting near their goal. All Spurs team have problems breaking down these type of teams leaving themselves open to a counter. This game saw Spurs camped in the APOEL half for just about the whole 90 minutes. APOEL scored the only goal from a free kick in the first half. The kick followed on from one conceded by Edwards in the centre circle for handball after a tackle. The free kick was over the wall intothe near post De Bie got a hand to it but could not push it out. Despite continuing attacks going to 3-4-3 the cypriots held out for a win – their very first. Spurs did not show enough invention to break them down.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie, Eyoma, Skipp, Tanganga, Brown(Dinzeyi 85), Marsh, Edwards(C), S. Shashoua, Roles(Griffiths 71), Bennetts, Stirling.
Unused Subs. - Austin, Lyons-Foster, Omolabi, A. Shashoua, C. Maghoma.
After two games all sides in the group have 3 points from one win.
Premier League 2
The first game of the month was away at Everton and despite being a close game the home side ran out 4-1 winners. Spurs conceded early under pressure but got into the game by the break. Spurs equalised when Tracey played in Pritchard to see his deflected effort beat the keeper. Everton were back in front with a rocket from Lookman and with Spurs pushing forward Everton took advantage to break and add another two goals. A tough game against the current champions.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Whiteman, Lyons-Foster, Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Amos, Marsh(Roles 64), Shashoua(Brown 64), Pritchard(C), Georgiou, Loft(Tracey 55).
Unused Subs. - De Bie.
Scorer – Pritchard 56.
Booked – Bennetts 33, Georgiou 73.
The second game was at Stevenage with Swansea City the visitors. Swansea defended well and broke whenever they could going home with a 2-2 draw. After a tight first half, Swansea took the lead via an own goal by Tanganga at a corner. Spurs quickly equalised when a ball over the top by Brown for Sterling was finished in style. The visitor hit Spurs again on the break before Bennetts run and finish earned Spurs a point.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Whiteman, Eyoma, Maghoma, Tanganga, Brown, Amos, Edwards, SkippShashoua 87), Pritchard(C), Georgiou(Bennetts 67), Sterling(Tracey 73).
Unused Subs – O'Reilly, Loft.
Scorers – Sterling 56, Bennetts 80.
Booked – Amos 71, Skipp 71.
Spurs last game of the month saw them go back to Merseyside to face the league leaders Liverpool on the 22nd. The home side started off playing fast attacking football taking the lead inside a minute when a poor header by Maghoma was punished by Wilson. Wilson had a shoot on sight policy and fired in number two soon after. Spurs hit back when Sterling won a penalty that was converted by Edwards. Spurs drew level when Maghoma scored from a half block on Bennetts effort. While they matched Liverpool they fell behind again to Wilson who completed his hat-trick. With Spurs pushing forward in the second half they were caught out to concede a fourth to lose 4-2.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Eyoma, Maghoma, Tanganga, Brown, Amos, Edwards, Duncan(Marsh 26), Pritchard(C)(Shashoua 83), Bennetts(Tracey 60), Sterling.
Unused Subs – Whiteman, Loft.
Scorers – Edwards 17(pen), Maghoma 34.
Booked – Tanganga 33, Amos 51.
Spurs finished the month bottom of the table.
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