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1 August 2015

Despite an improved second half, Stevenage lose 2-0 to a Spurs XI...

Stevenage lost 2-0 to a Spurs XI side that was made up from their development squad as goals from Oduwa and a late penalty from Harrison sent the visitors home with the victory.

After being down 1-0 at half-time, Teddy Sheringham made five changes including the inclusion of four trialists and what followed was a vast improvement in the performance from the team.

Fraser Franks was back into the side after recovering from a knock and Steven Schumacher was back in the squad with a place on the bench.

Stevenage made a decent start to the game, Brett Williams looking lively trying to get in-behind the Spurs defence but a late offside call and then a foul against him impeded his progress both times.

It was Spurs who took the lead after only 6 minutes as Nathan Oduwa showed dazzling feet to weave in and out of the backline before finding the top corner.

Around the half hour mark there were concerns across the ground as a late challenge by Charlie Lee on goalscorer, Oduwa left the Spurs youngster on the ground and in need of medical attention.

After receiving treatment for nearly 10 minutes, Oduwa was carried off the pitch on a stretcher to warm applause from across the stadium. After the match it was confirmed that the injury wasn't anything serious.

The rest of the second half saw little goal threat from either side and the teams went into the break with Spurs deservedly leading 1-0.

The manager introduced Tom Conlon and four trialists at half-time, hoping to get a look at potential new signings ahead of the 2015/2016 season.

The changes worked as Boro were much improved for the second half, the introduction of Schumacher ten minutes into the half helped sure up the midfield and it was the home team who were asking most of the questions.

Tom Conlon came close twice within quick succession, first his header from the back-post was saved off the line by a Spurs defender and when the ball came back to him he thrashed it wide with a deflection.

Williams had a great chance to equalise after turning his man out wide, driving inside and forcing the keeper into a good save from a narrow angle. Shortly after Akinyemi missed a point-blank header off Schumacher’s free-kick and the crowd were encouraged by what they were seeing.

Boro continued to push during the second half but the visitors secured the win with minutes to go as the trialist goalkeeper took out Harrison, who converted the penalty.


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