Sunday Sep 19, 2010
For a match report from Wednesday's game please click the title of this story
Coming the day after the 1st teams Birmingham Senior Cup Match against Birmingham City, they were again visitors to the Lamb, this time to take on the Lambs Academy.
The game started off at a good tempo with both sides exhibiting a passing style of football. However, as the half went on this played into the hands of the Tamworth boys as the opposition struggled to cope with the Academy lads ball retention, 1 and 2 touch passing, and the front line that drove straight at the Blues at every opportunity. From half way through the 1st half Tamworth set up camp in the B'ham City half, with several good saves, a few goal mouth scrambles and the wood work saving the visitors from conceding. With the best of the efforts coming from Danny Hall and Jake Sleet.
In a break to the pattern of play, following one of many Tamworth attacks in the 1st half, the Blues took advantage of the Lambs growing confidence with a clinical counter attack, feeding in their left winger between Tamworth's centre half and full back to defeat Lewis Conner one on one and break the dead lock in the 20th minute.
It too the Lambs until the 30th minute to find a reply, coming from one of many edge of the box shoots as the Birmingham City players defended deeply.
The Lambs took full advantage of the passing ability of Tom Busby, switching the play and provide a safe option to lay the ball back to keep the pressure up on the Visitors. Tom made his 1st start as a centre back for the Lambs after featuring last year in midfield and his performance in the 1st half demonstrated the trust Manager Dale Belford had placed in him to help dictate the game in the Lambs favour.
Following an extended half time from the Lambs returned to the field several minutes before the B'ham City players the pattern of play began to change; with B'ham resorting to the long ball, trying to turn the Lambs back line as they kicked down hill towards the castle end. The game became scrappy for the final 30 minutes with the physical condition of the two teams playing the major factor dictating the game. The superior fitness of the Lambs opponents was retorted by substitutions in the back line and the ended a stalemate. Following the Lambs dominance in the 1st 60 minutes in the style of the senior team, Manager Dale Belford and academy fitness expert and coach Steve Hinks will keen to work hard with the lads to up their fitness to bring it line with the standard of their passing game and team work.