Cocky remains Undefeated at Home
Date: 23/09/1908 At White Hart Lane
After three games of the season gone this is Tottenham’s third home match to be played and they are currently unbeaten at White Hart Lane with victories over wolves and Barnsley. Their one and only away game was at Leeds City and they came away with a very narrow and unjustified one nil defeat. Bolton come into this match with just as good a record from their five matches played, boasting three wins, one draw and one defeat. The only defeat in the season coming from their opening match away to Birmingham City followed with victories over Barnsley,Gainsborough Trinity and Hull City and their only draw being at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Tottenham go into the match with only one team change to mention and that is they will be without the goal scoring threat of Vivian Woodward who is not available for the match due to tennis commitments and will be defiantly missed as he bring plenty of composer and skill around and in front of the goal as well as being able to bring players into the game , Minter stepped into the rather large boots looking to make his mark on the team.
Bolton Wanderers also line up without some notable players and have been forced to make a few changes of there own from their last outing, with Owen, Stuart and Woods coming into the forward line for Shephard, McClarence and White retrospectively.
Morris ;Steel D; Darnell;Walton;
Minter; MacFarlane; Steel R; Middlemiss
Gaskell; Clifford; Greenhalgh; Stokes;
Woods; Owen; Stuart; McEwan.
Referee: F Heath. Birmingham
The first-half was started with out the bang as was seen against the likes of Wolves and Barnsley and the midfield provided a very back and forth match with neither side really pressing the defense or the goal keepers to there limit’s. After ten minutes the first real opportunity fell to Middlemiss, who had received a clever through ball and guided a hard shoot past Edmondson and into the back of the net, one – nil to Tottenham.
This was what the game needed and with the cheers of the crowed celebrating, Bolton needed to come back and respond. But it failed to materialize and the match fell back into a midfield and defensive battle. Bolton looked to find an equalizer and almost did just that with Stokes played a difficult ball into the box that pulled Hewitson out to collect but he failed to meet the ball and it was played back into the box, Croquet was luckily on hand to clean up and save the custodian and clear the ball out and away from danger. with very little excitement and not much to note the First half whistle gave the match a chance to liven up in the second half after the team talks.
The half time whistle went with the score at One – Nil to the Spurs.
With the interval out the way and with Tottenham leading; Bolton started the second half much the better than the first, though Bolton really struggled to find the goal, with Stuart having a terrible time and missing golden opportunities to bring Bolton level or if not in front in the game.
Just after the whistle started the second half off Stuart managed to get himself behind the Backs and only had a one on one with Hewitson but shot straight at the keeper who made a good and confident save to deny Stuart.
Minter also fell short in his shooting by missing a number of good opportunities placed in front of him the first was a nice bit of play from MacFarlane who passed the ball to him but his final was high over the cross bar and then some clever foot work from Middlemiss and Robert Steel left Minter with another great opportunity but his shot was without any power and was easily saved.
Stuart’s bad day in front of goal continued and if you could believe it got very much worse as he was even more better placed for scoring than his first opportunity with the open goal at his mercy and being six yards out managed to miss the goal completely and shot over the crossbar. The miss was meet with rapturous laughter from the home crowed with some even saying “that a schoolboy could of scored that goal!!!”
Walton was not having a great game since the kick off in the first half and this was continuing in the second as he looked like he missed the partnership he was forming with Woodward and struggled against a industrious and strong half back Greenhalgh, although he had one smart bit of play that showed his class when he received a running ball from Morris and he ran with the ball at his feet and managed to square the ball into the box, picking out Middlemiss who put in a fine shot in but was unlucky to see it rebound off the Crossbar with Edmondson beaten.
Bolton continued to press Tottenham and make life hard at the back the best they could, however as the second half continued Tottenham started to see more and more of the ball and started to become more aggressive in there attacks, as the game ticked down to the final minutes it suddenly went Tottenham’s way with Minter who had been guilty of missing some great opportunities earlier made amends and received a nice pass from Robert Steel after a great run down the wing, he then proceeded to run with the ball passed the Bolton Backs and smacked the ball into the back of the net past the helpless Edmondson, Two – Nil to the Spurs.
Bolton showed great character and did not give up even as the seconds ticked down and Darnell had to be on hand to make a smart clearance when Croquet & Burton where both beaten, but as the referee looked at his watch Tottenham switched off at the back and allowed Woods to score one of the easiest goals he would have that season after a easy pass into the box from McEwan.
With a Crowed of over 25,100 people this match proved to have everything to entertain them from some of the worst shooting seen to some fine play and goals matched only by some great defensive displays.
Tottenham Hotspur: 2 Bolton Wanderers: 1