Reserves 1-3 Tottenham FT

 Barclays Premier Reserve League South
Tuesday 24 February 2009
West Ham United Reserves v Tottenham Hotspur Reserves
Kick-off: 7pm
Referee: P W Mellin


90 min - After a little over three minutes of added-time, the final whistle is blown.

90 min - GOAL! McNaughton slides in and brings down Hutton. It's a penalty. Taarabt calls for the ball. He wants a hat-trick, and he gets one by slotting the ball into the bottom right-hand corner from the spot.

90 min - There will be three added minutes. Spurs are in possession, though, and deep inside the Hammers' half.

89 min - Alnwick flies to his right to punch clear Payne's header from a Stanislas free-kick. That was close!

87 min - Time is running out for the Hammers. Edgar tries to jink into the box but is held off by Caulker.

84 min - GOAL! After a long period of inactivity, Taarabt reminds everyone that he is still on the pitch by cutting between Kearns and Harvey and lashing a low, left-foot shot past Stech. That was a fine goal.

78 min - The game has quietened down a bit. Maybe the introduction of Balint Bajner for Hines will stoke things up a bit?

74 min - Two big let-offs for Tottenham in the space of 30 seconds. First, Edgar races on to Stanislas' delightful through ball, but his low shot is straight at Alnwick. Then, Kearns beats a defender but drags his shot wide of the far post.

73 min - Changes for both sides. Callum McNaughton is on for Miller, with Fry moving to left-back. For Spurs, Nathan Byrne replaces Oyenuga.

72 min - Oyenuga's shot is deflected out for a corner. Caulker is penalised for a foul as he attempts to head the ball into the net.

70 min - Jeffery races on to Stech's huge clearance but is unable to control the bouncing ball with his head, allowing Hughton to get back in and make the challenge.

67 min - Hutton shoots through Miller's legs, but the alert Stech goes down well to block. This is a game that either side could win quite easily. It is just end-to-end.

66 min - O'Neill breaks up a Spurs attack on the halfway line. Edgar races away down the right and crosses for HInes, but his first-time volley flies well over.

64 min - Edgar wins a corner off substitute Caulker. Stanislas takes, Alnwick flaps, but Spurs eventually hack the ball clear.

62 min - Fry and Payne have been superb at the heart of the West Ham back-four tonight. The two youngsters have won numerous important headers and tackles.

60 min - Jeffery attempts to shoot from 20 yards, but the ball rolls into the arms of Alnwick.

58 min - Edgar's bouncing cross just eludes Stanislas and goes out for a goal kick.

56 min - Stanislas beats three defenders before eventually being crowded out.

54 min - A second change for Spurs. Sam Cox replaces Berchiche. The defender appears to have pickeed up an injury.

52 min - Edgar wins a right-wing corner. The ball is cleared back to Stanislas, but his low cross is gobbled up by Alnwick at the near post.

50 min - Stech plunges to his left to hang on to Maghoma's low volley after Payne can only half-clear Hutton's cross.

48 min - Grasser is replaced by Daniel Kearns. Stanislas launches the delayed free-kick into the danger zone where Fry's flicked header comes back off the inside of the far post.

47 min - Hines is fouled by Berchiche wide on the right.

46 min - Spurs make a half-time switch. Rocha is replaced by the Steven Caulker. Hines and Jeffery get the second half under way.

Half-time 1-1

45 min - The half-whistle goes with the teams level at 1-1. That was an entertaining first half to say the least. Taarabt has caught the eye for the away side, while Hines, Edgar and Stanislas have probed for an opening at the attacking end for West Ham. Let's hope for more of the same after the break.

45 min - Hughton gets forward well before launching a shot that flies three yards over Stech's crossbar.

45 min - There will be one minute of added-time.

44 min - Maybe not! Taarabt has another shot on target, but Stech is equal to his powerful half-volley.

43 min - The chances have dried up a bit here. Perhaps both sides have got one eye on getting to half-time level at 1-1.

40 min - Hines is penalised for bringing down Taarabt. The striker is not happy with that decision. He felt he won the ball cleanly.

39 min - Miller does well to block Mtandari's shot after the right-back goes on a slalom run inside the penalty area. The Hammers break and Hines wins a corner, which is cleared by Alnwick's punch.

37 min - Edgar is booked for tugging down Taarabt. Seconds before, Oyenuga slams a shot out of the stadium.

36 min - Payne robs Taarabt and finds Harvey, who plays in Stanislas. The winger runs at the Spurs back-four before slotting the ball through to Jeffery, who finishes with aplomb, only for the celebrations to be muted by the assistant referee's flag.

33 min - Spurs win a free-kick 25 yards out. Taarabt takes, but the ball hits the wall. Hutton curls in the resulting corner and Stech grabs the ball at the second attempt.

32 min - Taarabt shows a lovely piece of skill to beat one defender, but Fry is able to block his powerful low shot.

30 min - Payne fouls Taarabt and then kicks the ball away. He receives a talking to from the referee.

29 min - Hines tackles back and takes the ball away from Taarabt with a neat sliding challenge. The African replies by fouling the Hammers striker.

28 min - Rocha fouls Hines. The Jamaican youngster is causing the Portugal international defender a lot of problems.

27 min - Spurs send two of their substitutes out to warm-up, including the goalkeeper David Button.

25 min - Another Taarabt shot is blocked by Grasser and Hines leads the counter-attack, winning a corner off Yuri Berchiche. A short corner routine leads to Ryan O'Neill finding Stanislas, whose low deflected shot is scrambled behind again by Alnwick. The ensuing corner is cleared.

22 min - Two more let-offs for Spurs. First, Daniel Hutchins blocks Tom Harvey's shot on the line from a Stanislas corner. Seconds later, the winger's centre is header over by a stretching Jeffery.

21 min - Edgar tests Alnwick with a low shot, but again the goalkeeper is able to push the ball to safety. The shots are raining in here at Bishop's Stortford in front of a sizeable crowd.

20 min - Taarabt goes close again! The young Moroccan slices wide from 20 yards this time.

19 min - Payne is left in a heap on the floor following a late challenge from Oyenuga that the referee fails to spot.

18 min - Stech is called into action this time, flinging himself into the air to divert Jacques Maghoma's rising shot over the crossbar.

17 min - This is a really open game. Both sides are passing the ball around well on a beautiful playing surface at Woodside Park. Ashley Miller goes on a weaving run through the Spurs rearguard, but Alnwick is able to parry his low shot.

16 min - Taarabt lets fly with another shot, this time with his left foot, but captain Payne gets in the way.

15 min - The mercurial Taarabt is at it again, but this time Stech dives low to his right to divert his powerful shot out for a corner. From the resulting David Hutton flag-kick, Stech scrambles the ball clear.

14 min - Ryan O'Neill does well to head a dangerous cross clear from inside his own six-yard box

12 min - Grasser is caught in possession inside the West Ham penalty area by Oyenuga, but the striker drives his shot into the stanchion behind the goal.

10min - GOAL! - Adel Taarabt shows his class with a fine shot from 20 yards. The No10 showed why he has already played in the Premier League by bamboozling the home defence before letting fly with a drive that gave Marek Stech no chance.

9min - Yet another corner is won. This time Georg Grasser takes it and Alnwick needs a second go to claim the ball.

8min - Stanislas takes another corner, won this time by Jeffery. It comes to nothing

7min - The hosts are having the better of this on a misty evening in Bishop's Stortford.

5min - GOAL! - Edgar scores with a firm first-time finish from an acute angle that beat Ben Alnwick at the near post after Hines' ball in from the right wing.

4min - Lovely run by Stanislas at the heart of the Spurs defence sees him go past one before a last-ditch foul by Ricardo Rocha drags him down. Stanislas takes the free-kick and just curls it wide from 25 yards out.

3min - Oyenuga clears the corner at the near post. West Ham are soon on the attack again with bright play along the right through Anthony Edgar and Jack Jefery before being dispossessed.

2min - Bright play by Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas leads to the first corner of the game. Stanislas will take the corner.

1min - Kudos Oyenuga and Adel Taarabt get us under way. The visitors play the ball around at the back before Ricardo Rocha launches one forward that runs out of play.

West Ham United: Marek Stech, Ryan O'Neill, Josh Payne, Matthew Fry, Ashley Miller (McNaughton 73), Anthony Edgar, Tom Harvey, Georg Grasser (Daniel Kearns 48), Junior Stanislas, Jack Jeffery, Zavon Hines (Baling Bajner 78)
Subs: Peter Loveday, Ahmed Abdulla

Tottenham Hotspur: Ben Alnwick, Takura Mtandari, Ricardo Rocha, Yuri Berchiche, Cian Hughton, David Hutton, Daniel Hutchins, Yaser Karim, Jacques Maghoma, Adel Taarabt, Kudos Oyenuga
Subs: David Button, Nathan Byrne, Jack Nicholson, Sam Cox, Steven Caulker