Thursday Sep 30, 2010
For a match report from Wednsday's 6 goal thriller, please click the title of this story.
Tamworth FC Academy vs. Chasetown FC Academy - Wednesday 29th September
Chasetown were the visitors to The Lamb on a rain soaked Wednesday afternoon late in September as the Lambs looked for their 1st league win of the season after the postponement of last weeks away fixture.
The Lambs in a change of tact from their opening season game and tradition of the 1st team, choose to kickoff attacking the Away end of the ground; leaving Chasetown to be concerned with being turned on the slope in the early exchanges.
Even before the kickoff the academy lads knew they were going to be in for a physical game as the majority of their older opponents choose to drive to The Lamb, and in the opening 20 minutes this was confirmed as Danny Hall and Conner Fulford worked hard in midfield to strip Chasetown of the ball on numerous occasions.
It was The Lambs that opened the scoring on 25 minutes with a tap in from Troy Wallen, after successfully gambling on a clearance that both centre half and goalkeeper both hesitated to clear. Using his speed to round the keeper Troy was left with a simple task of sliding the ball into the net for his 1st of the day.
It wasn't long before The Lambs were 2 - 0 up; with 31 minutes on the clock Troy Wallen headed into the net from close range from a ball whipped in his strike partner Orlando Lewis, on his return to the A team.
The Lambs looked dominate for the remainder of the 1st half and were well worth the 3rd goal scored on the stroke of half time. Breaking the opponents play up deep in our half, Michael Bloore was released down the left to run at the Chasetown back line. Approaching the edge of the box, Michael shifted the ball out of his feet and drove the ball across the keeper towards the far post. The shot saved by the finger tips of the keeper was only pushed out to the on rushing Troy Wallen to claim a 1st half hat-trick with a simple conversion for a young lad with high confidence.
The half time break saw Chasetown wound up for a battle as they retook the field for the 2nd half. With the objective of muscling the younger Lambs out of the game and within 3 minutes of the restart this tactic started to pay dividends as Chasetown's number 11 opened their scoring with a shot drilled past Lewis Conner at his near post.
It wasn't long before Chasetown were again beating Lewis at his near post as a slip from centre half Ahmed Mwimba during a clearance in the box after dispossessing a Chasetown forward, saw number 11 again pounce onto the ball and convert for his 2nd of the game.
Following Chasetown's second goal Lamb's captain Conner Fulford and midfield partner Danny Hall regained control of the midfield as Dale Belford got them going again from the side lines. For the remaining 30 minutes of the game Alando Lewis became a bigger part of the game, holding the ball up better, and using his physical strength turn the Chasetown centre halves on a hand full of occasions to take the pressure off The Lambs in the increasing wet conditions.
The final goal of the game came on 80 minutes when a Chasetown centre half running back to his own goal under-estimated the pace and tenacity of Troy Wallen who stole the ball off his outwitted opponent. Driving towards the box Troy's jinking run gave him the space required for a shot as he breached the penalty box. The ball was driven low and hard into the bottom near corner of the net to complete a terrific performance from Troy.
The Lambs learnt a lot from a game in which they could have collapsed under the 2nd half pressure and momentum shift. But the attitude of the team was best summed up by the enforced change at left back for this game with Hoshaine Gabbidon out with a broken finger; instead of a like for like swap Dale Belford opted to play two wingers down the left to increase the pressure on the Chasetown defence. With attack the best form of defence The Lambs were victorious in tricky conditions.