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Tuesday 18 September 2012

Barclays U21 Premier League: Spurs claim first win in style

Tottenham hit seven past Stoke, while Arsenal are held by Norwich City

Tottenham's Cristian Ceballos has a shot on Stoke's goal

Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Stoke City

Tottenham Hotspur’s U21s secured their first win in the Barclays U21 Premier League in style, beating Stoke City 7-2 at Hotspur Way. Midfielder Ryan Mason hit a hat-trick in the Group 2 match, leaving Stoke still seeking their first point after four games.

The visiting side took the lead through Jordan Keane but Mason soon equalised and within minutes Spurs were 3-1 up through Yago Falque and Jonathan Obika. Full-back Nathan Byrne curled in a fourth midway through the first half before Stoke pulled a goal back through Lucas Dawson. Mason restored the three-goal cushion with his second shortly before the break.

It took 15 minutes after half-time before another goal was scored, this time from Dean Parrett to make it 6-2 and Mason earned his hat-trick with a penalty 15 minutes  from time after Adam Smith was fouled. (Full report here)

Arsenal 1-1 Norwich City

A late goal from Norwich City's Jacob Murphy ended Arsenal's 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season at Underhill.

Arsenal took the lead when Sanchez Watt poked home after a corner was headed on in the 27th minute. Norwich fought back and eventually levelled when Murphy picked up a blocked clearance to beat Damien Martinez with only six minutes remaining. (Full report here)

Fulham 0-0 Middlesbrough

Fulham earned their first points of the season in Group 3 as they were held by Middlesbrough at Motspur Park. Kit Symons, the Fulham U21 manager, felt that his side were the better team but could not provide a finishing touch.

"We're pleased to get a point and a clean sheet but slightly disappointed as it's a game we feel we should have won," he told the club's website. "If we'd have that little bit of extra care then we would have had the three points."

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Crystal Palace

Also in Group 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers went top after beating Crystal Palace at AFC Telford United's ground. All the goals came in a 10-minute spell before half-time, with Frank Nouble and Jack Price giving the home side a two-goal lead.

Ibra Sekajja halved the deficit for Palace but shortly afterwards Palace goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons was unable to prevent Nouble's cross from going into his net. (Full report here)

At the Sports Direct Arena on Wednesday evening, Newcastle United host Sunderland. Entry is free to season ticket-holders and members, tickets are £3 for adults, £1 concessions and entry is via the East Stand turnstiles. More information here

Barclays U21 Premier League results and fixtures

Friday, September 14th

GROUP 1
Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Bolton Wanderers, Ewood Park
Reading 1-1 Everton, Hogwood Park

GROUP 2
Newcastle United 0-1 Southampton, Northumberland FA

GROUP 3
Chelsea 1-4 Liverpool, Brentford FC

Sunday, September 16th

GROUP 1
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 West Ham United, The Hawthorns (2pm)

Monday, September 17th

GROUP 1
Arsenal 1-1 Norwich City, Barnet FC

GROUP 2
Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Stoke City, Hotspur Way

GROUP 3
Fulham 0-0 Middlesbrough, Motspur Park
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Crystal Palace, AFC Telford United

Tuesday, September 18th

GROUP 2
Newcastle United v Sunderland, Sports Direct Arena (7pm) Ticket info here

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

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Key Points

  • Spurs secure first win in Barclays U21 Premier League, beating Stoke
  • Arsenal lose 100% record after being held at home by Norwich City
  • Fulham earn first points of the season but disappointed to draw 0-0 with Middlesbrough