News from the New Stadium

Mike Kelly always better known as ‘Cheds’ celebrated his testimonial match at home to Sheffield United under 23’s in style at the New Stadium before a good turnout when his team’s first run out on the preseason against a young Blades saw a 4 – 1 success.

On a steaming hot afternoon the first half was well contested but goal less, however the hosts began to get on top after the interval and returning to his former club Jamie Roberts fired Hostpur ahead, John Littlemore made it two and Luke Mc Given and David Williams added two more and even a late Joe Lumley goal for the Bramhall lane youngsters failed to spoil and emphatic score line.
Of Hotspur’s new signings on view Harry Galeotti and Caio Hywel both impressed and will prove an asset in the coming 2018/19 campaign while returning to the fold keeper Carl Jones and Jamie Roberts need no introductions.

A well contested first half saw both sides go close with Sammy Sharif impressing for the Blades while Charlie Revees’s net finder was ruled offside.

The second half saw the hosts begin to get on top and on 50 minutes Jamie Roberts rifled home from 15 yards to give Hotspur the lead. The celebrated Mike Kelly then shot just over from a free kick while Carl Jones between the sticks again made a fine save to deny Sharif. John Littlemore struck the second goal on 61 minutes and Luke Mc Given made it 3 – 0 on 74 before David Williams made it comfortable for Kelly’s team only for Joe Lumley to strike late for United.

The Hotspur management team will be pleased with the second half showing while the very popular Ched’s will have enjoyed his day to remember. Next season he takes on the responsibility of managing and coaching the reserves.

The main match was followed later by a ‘Legends’ contest with two teams of ex Hotspur players and others ,managed by former managers Emlyn Manly Williams and Campbell Harrison.
Hotspur committee had made the whole event  a ‘Family Day’ with various attractions for children and the huge crowd showed how well the day had been received.