|Tottenham Hotspur Reserves|
Hutton travelled away for the last of their very tough friendlies against Tottenham Hotspur Reserves.
The pitch was in fantastic shape allowing both teams to keep the ball down when needed. Each side used it for experimenting with formation and player positions. This meant a lot of changes in personnell as roll on subs had previously been agreed.
Spurs started brightly, maintaining position and running off the ball well. Saying this, they only managed to create one clear cut chance in the opening 25 minutes when a great through ball split the hutton defence before the shot blazed over the bar.
Hutton, with their strongest side out so far, attempted to play short and then release Agombar or Stanley when possible but it just wasn't quite working for them.
Spurs added pressure with their strong wing play and forced Mingay into a couple of saves. Hutton looked dangerous on the counter, forcing the spurs keeper to scramble out of goal on a few occassions. Judd and Stanley linked up well in the centre before releasing Agombar with a well timed run. Unfortunately her shot screamed over the cross bar but the home side seemed slightly rattled by it.
Shortly after, Sian broke forward, beating three players before reaching the spurs area. Agombar had peeled off unmarked but Sian continued her run instead. The defender stepped across causing the ball to roll trhough to the keeper for an easy pick up.
A number of changes were made for both teams on the half hour with the Hutton defence being altered around. This is when Spurs struck. The ball was initially cleared from defence but knocked back inside the area. The spurs attacker reacted first and squeezed a slow shot through four players into the bottom corner. After this, Spurs continued to work well but did not create a lot thanks to the Hutton defence marshalled by Johnson and Pope.
Half time came and went and The game seemed to increase in tempo. Spurs still mainly in control, now had Judd and Agombar to contend with and they proved a tricky concept for the Spurs defence.
Mingay once more did well in goal and Satnley played well at left back working with Jones in at left mId. However, It was Spurs that struck next. A poor Hutton goal kick fell to a completely unmarked attacker who beautiful struck the ball past Mingay for the second.
Hutton responded well with a series of good chances. The best fell to Judd who rounded the keeper well but used the outside of her right foot which curled the ball firstly towards the goal and then away.
On the Whole, it was a promising performance but also slightly dissapointing. The main difference was the way that spurs continuously worked as a team whilst Hutton played in twos or more individually.
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