Fran Constancio’s South Premier Northampton Town Football & Education squad faced off against Tottenham at Sixfields Stadium on Monday evening. Constancio named a team of mostly second year students in the first half with the first years playing the second half.
Tottenham started strongly with Cobblers keeper Brad Timlin doing well to produce a save from a close range effort. However a Spurs counter attack had them in the lead before a header from a wide free-kick yielded their second just before half time.
They almost extended their advantage in the second half, with a close range shot striking the post. Bradley Cheshire started finding his way into the game and his brilliant through ball was met with a composed finish from Elliot Balchin-Love to pull a goal back for the Cobblers. Cheshire himself was the scorer of the equaliser after a long shot from captain Jake Webster deflected off him and left the goalkeeper flat footed.
Spurs retook the lead with a brilliant finish into the top corner from outside the box, however Cheshire was involved again, winning the ball off a defender before dribbling into the box and shooting through the goalkeeper's legs to level things up once again. A defensive mixup gave Tottenham the lead again just four minutes later and they held on to claim victory in an entertaining, hard fought contest.
The South Premier squad are in action on Wednesday as they make the long journey to Truro to face Chelsea.