Cocky Second String Start the Season with a win
Date: 03/09/1908 At Homerton
With Tottenham’s First team playing at home against the FA Cup holder with crowds of over 20,000, Tottenham’s second string kicked of their season against Clapton Orient at Homerton,
No more than nine of the eleven players on show today being new signings, Boreham was chosen as the custodian, with Leslie and Watts at the Back position hoping to show what they can do as a partnership. Gipps, Bentley and Bullock were selected to hold the middle and support the front with Woodruff, Morton and Wood being added to the Attacking front line with Seeburg and Payne.
The weather was terrible with the rain beating down for much of the morning before Kickoff did it’s best to dampen the mood of the football fans that had braved the weather to see the match today.
Gates, W. Hales, T.Willis;
Ward,Scott,Prior, O’Gara, Candy
Gipps, Bentley, Bullock;
Woodruff, Seeburg, Morton, Wood, Payne
The Rain has started a few hours before kickoff making the pitch a difficult pitch to play on, this was shown in the performance of both teams, and it never really reached a high standard
In the beginning both teams went at each other and both had a even amount of play, Seeburg had a great start to the match with his powerful effort going wide of the goal The home team looked to have the best first effort with Scott hammering a shot at the Spurs custodian who saved well.Clapton looked to attack more with Ward sending a great ball across the box but unfortunately no Clapton heads were unable to meet the ball and score.
The Spurs looked at creating the best move of the First half with some great passing between the forwards but Morton was unable to hold on to a ball from Woodruff and a great chance to score went a pegging. The resulting shot went for a corner from which Woodruff back held the ball wide Tottenham soon pushed forward again and were rewarded with the first goal of the game, Woodruff picked up the ball and passed the ball into the middle of the Clapton box, Morton then latched onto the ball and with a first time shot, slotted the ball into the back of the Net with thirty minutes played.
Clapton now needed to get back into the game but the match evened out and the forwards found it hard to get passed some resolute defending. Ward now trying to create some magic for Clapton made a great pass for Candy but he was unable to control the ball and the chance was lost. As the half drew to a close Clapton continued to push for the equaliser and Boreham had to make a great save from the centre O’Gara to keep The Spurs in front going into the half time whistle.
Half time Clapton Orient: 0 Tottenham Hotspur: 1
The Second half kicked off with a bang with the clock only just ticking round, Payne scoring a fantastic goal to spark the drowning supporters into life, Woodruff again provider with a perfect cross again into the path of Payne, Tottenham continued to push forward and put the home defence under lots of pressure for the start but soon dropped off as Clapton improved as the second half continued. Boreham’s goal started to be peppered with shots, he was able to make a series of good save but one attack resulted in a coroner, the ball was sent into the Spurs box and Gates was able to strike the ball well enough to score and bring Clapton back in the match.
Clapton now got the bit between their teeth and went at The Spurs to get the equalizer and as the game became stretched then the home team started to get the better of the exchanges in front of goal. Boreham who was having a great debut in the goal miss-judged a cross and dropped it as it came across, thankfully it was not as dangerous as it could have been and was able to recover. Ward continued to give the away team’s goal trouble and the Clapton outside left Candy also came close but for some smart work again from Boreham.
Tottenham continued to hold firm with both Boreham and Leslie both showing good form and Woodruff if he had more chances in the second half could have scored himself. Ward and Johnson were the standout players from the Clapton team who will walk away from this match thinking they should have had more from this game and a share of the 2 points. The final whistle sounded with Tottenham winning their opening match 2-1.
Full time Clapton Orient: 1 Tottenham Hotspur: 2