Over Easter Spurs sent a squad to the Borgaro Maggioni Righi Tournament in Italy. It included some U-15 players and came a creditable third. They won all three group matches – Dynamo Kiev(2-1), Borgaro(3-1) and Juventus(3-2). Atalanta got a late equaliser from the penalty spot to get a 2-2 draw in the semi-final before winning 5-4 on penalties. Spurs beat Juventus 2-1 to take third place. They came back with a load of individual honours. Troy Parrot won the golden boot for top scorer with 10 goals, Maximus Tainio best defender, Jamie Bowden midfielder and Dilan Markanday for best overseas player.
Spurs began the month with an away game at Fulham on the 7th. Spurs took the game to the home side who relied on defence and counter attacks to win 2-1. They went behind early in the game from a counter-attack but kept up the pressure with Parrot having an effort cleared off the line before drawing level. When Lloyd-Bennett's cross was only cleared to Shashoua the little midfielder dribbled into the area before finishing well. Lloyd-bennett and Markandy had efforts saved before the break. The winner came when Shashoua set up Hinds for a drive that the keeper could not hold and Parrot put in the loose ball. Spurs were able to see out the game which saw six bookings to beat Fulham for the first time in three games this season.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Hinds, Skipp, Dinzeyi, Reynolds, Bowden, Markanday, A. Shashoua(Tainio 90), Patterson(P. Maghoma 69), Lloyd-Bennett(Mukendi 83), Parrot
Unused Subs. - Freeman, White
Scorers – Shashoua 21, Parrot 53
Booked – Reynolds 67, Skipp 78
Spurs' second match of the month was the rearranged trip to Norwich City on the 11th. Spurs took an inexperienced team to Norwich because of the fixture congestion which showed in their play. They continually gave the ball away which led to them losing 5-3 despite Griffiths getting a hat-trick. The Norwich striker stood between the two centre-backs and was given the ball three times in the opening 8 minutes scoring once on his way to a hat-trick of his own. Griffiths led by example but could not prevent the mistakes at the back. He scored twice with drives from the edge of the area and put away a penalty given for handball to go 2-1 in front. If they had held that lead until the break it could have been a different second half but the lead lasted two minutes.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Freeman, Tainio, Statham, Bowden, Reynolds(Hinds 58), White, Pochettino(P. Maghoma 69), Mukendi(Thorpe 80), Richards, Clarke, Griffiths
Unused Sub. - Oluwayemi
Scorer – Griffiths 31, pen.42, 57
The last two games were against Chelsea and Arsenal who got to the Youth Cup Final which meant both games had to be rearranged with the trip to Chelsea brought forward to the 17th. On a sunny morning Spurs totally dominated the hosts to win 3-0(the first time Chelsea have lost at home in 3 years). In a tight first half, Spurs took the lead when Griffiths shot was deflected over the keeper. De Bie saved an early penalty in the second as Chelsea tried to make a fight of it before Spurs regained control. Richards made it two soon after coming on after Shashoua forced the keeper into a mistake. The scoring was rounded off by Markanday scoring at the far post from Hinds cross as a reward for his dominating performance. The whole team did their jobs to complete a clean sweep of away wins over Chelsea as the first team and the U-23's also beat them this month.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Tainio, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Hinds, Skipp, Markanday(Clarke 82), Bowen(Parrott 80), A. Shashoua, Patterson(Richards 70), Griffiths
Unused Subs – Oluwayemi, P. Maghoma
Scorers – Griffiths 15, Richards 73, Markanday 80
Spurs last match of the season was a NLD at Hotspur Way on the 24th. This ended with Spurs having their biggest win of the season 9-0. Following on from the win at Chelsea Spurs took a weak Arsenal side to the cleaners. After Griffiths had a goal chalked off he set up Richards to score from the left. Richards got his second when Eyoma's header was blocked on the line and he reacted quickest. Griffiths set up the third for Markanday before halftime. Griffiths finally found the net when running onto a Bowden long ball at the start of the second half. Griffiths set up Markanday for his second and Spurs fifth before he got the sixth from the penalty spot after Bowden was brought down going for Shashoua's header off the bar. Arsenal added number seven stopping Griffiths completing his hat-trick. The Spurs striker still got his third heading in Bowden's far post ball and completed the rout with a fourth just before the end. The visitors were run off their feet finishing with nine players which should not be used as an excuse for the defeat.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Tainio, Hinds, Dinzeyi, Eyoma(P.Maghoma 75), Skipp(Thorpe 75), Markanday, Bowden, A. Shashoua, Richards(Clarke 70), Griffiths
Unused Subs – Oluwayemi, Mukendi
Scorers – Richards 29, 31, Markanday 33, 55, Griffiths 48, pen.68, 71, 88, o.g. 70
Spurs ended the season in fourth place in the Southern League
Spurs started the month with a home game against Derby County played at Hotspur Way on the 7th. It was a good performance by Spurs who won 4-2 and hit the woodwork three times but was in the balance for much of the second half as they were pinned back by the wind as Derby pushed up. Spurs went ahead in comical fashion as the keeper let a backpass slip uner his foot. Pritchard was played in by Bennetts for the second having hit the post earlier. Derby pulled level with two goals in two minutes before Georgiou scored from long range to give Spurs the lead at the break. Derby pushed up in the second half with the wind behind them restricting Spurs attacks which still saw Tracey hit the post twice before Stirling won a penalty in added time which he converted.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Whiteman, Eyoma, C. Maghoma(C), Tanganga, Georgiou(Brown 62), Marsh, Tracey, Oakley-Boothe, Pritchard(Duncan 84), Bennetts(Griffiths 77), Sterling
Unused Subs – Austin, Roles
Scorers – o.g. 9, Pritchard 11, Georgiou 30, Sterling pen90+4
Booked – Marsh 78, Tracey 69
Spurs travelled to Stamford Bridge for the second game of the month on the 13th. Spurs came away with a 2-1 win despite going down to ten men in the first half. In a first half of few chances, Maghoma picked up two yellow cards for fouls on players running through. Chelsea could only get one effort on target in the first half. It did not look good for Spurs when Tanganga conceded a free kick for getting out of the way of two Chelsea players who ran into each other. In the second half Spurs played deep using Bennetts pace to counter which induced Chelsea to foul him. Chelsea scored from a corner but Spurs replied quickly when Bennetts was fouled just outside the area. The player was booked and Bennetts curled the free kick into the near post to equalise. Bennetts was fouled again with the home player booked. This time Bennetts curled it inside the far post to put Spurs infront. Bennetts was fouled again without a booking and no goal to follow. Chelsea continued to press but failed to get most chances on target and Spurs were able to see out the game.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Eyoma, C. Maghoma(C), Tanganga, Georgiou(Brown 60), Skipp, Tracey, Oakley-Boothe, Pritchard(Duncan 81), Bennetts, Sterling(S. Shashoua 90+1)
Scorer – Bennetts 68, 72
Booked – Eyoma 15, Maghoma 25, 38
Sent Off – Maghoma 38
Spurs finished the month in ninth place in the league safe from relegation.
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