A Spurs XI were back on the pitch last night and after a widescale culling of the youth players, those that remain began their quest for a place in the first team squad.

Overall, it was a strong Spurs side that beat Kingstonian by two goals to one and it included players that had already seen first team action – either at White Hart Lane or at a loan club further down the pyramid.

Spurs’ starting line up included John Bostock, Cristian Ceballos and Alex Pritchard but ultimately it was goals from Ryan Mason and second half substitute Jack Barthram that settled the game.

“The players needed the minutes and they will improve for it,” said Tim Sherwood after the game.

“I thought they did well. It was difficult for us to get a foothold in the game in the first 20 minutes but after that we got into a rhythm and passed the ball well.

“Overall, it was a good work out.”

The second string now head to Como on Saturday as a busy pre-season continues.

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  1. The two Croatians Veljkovic and Gomelt, along with Bentaleb were the best performers. No idea we had signed Grant Hall from Brighton – he was solid and composed which was great to see from a centre back. Was looking forward to seeing Coulibaly, but he was not there. Bostock playing at number 9 was really weird and frustrating, just could not lead the line at all, as obviously it’s not his position. Not sure what was going on there. Ceballos was a hit and hope player the majority of the game, though had a few good individual moves. Agree with Sherwood’s analysis though.

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