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Tamworth FC Academy vs. Fleetwood FC Academy

Wednesday Nov 10, 2010

The Lambs Academy pick up three points against Fleetwood Town in the Youth Alliance League. Click the story title to read the match report.

Tamworth FC Academy vs. Fleetwood FC Academy

The Lambs took to the field Wednesday (10th Nov.) afternoon with shaken up starting eleven following a disappointing cup exit away to FC United, in which a number of defensive mistakes left the Lambs Academy 3-0 down inside 20 minutes. The game finished with Dale Belford resolute to make changes and work hard on his back line all week, to deliver a solid platform to build on against Fleetwood in the league.

The lads started the game with a tempo not sure since their draw well earned draw against Birmingham City. The first significant chance of the game fell to Alando Lewis with a bicycle kick parried away by the keeper from Danny Hall cross. This spectacular effort was followed up just a minute later by Troy Wallen, as a series of one-two’s with Lambs players got Troy his first shot of the afternoon, and another reflex save from the visiting team’s keeper. The fans watching the academy game were to be in for a treat of a first half as the two lads looked to dominate after spending a few weeks training with the first team.

Fleetwood had a great opportunity to take the lead on 14 minutes as the Lambs confidence got the better of them as Hoshaine Gabbidon tried to take the ball round a Fleetwood centre forward on the half way line; setting up a quick break. To the relief of the defensive unit the resulting cross was out of reach for the away teams supporting players.

The small crowd at the Lamb was aloft applauding Troy Wallen on the 20 minutes mark, before an excellent goal was rightly disallowed for a minor flick-on by Danny Hall. With a free kick on the left Micky Bloores whipped in cross found its way to Troy who improvised quickly, performing a cruyff turn / back heel on the run, first time, into the net which left the keeper rooted to the spot. But it wasn’t long before the score read TFC 1 - Fleetwood 0, as Micky Bloore turned the goal scorer this time, timing a run beyond the Fleetwood back four, giving Alando Lewis the opportunity to chip a ball directly into his run. Faking the shot, the keeper was left stranded outside his area as Micky slid the ball past a defender trying to get back to cover the goal line to get the Lambs on the way as the clock struck 25 minutes.

Not to be outdone by the antics of Micky, the Lambs other Winger Jake Sleet was denied a goal after half on hour by the finger tips of the keeper, after cutting in onto his favoured left foot and letting fly on a curler which was destined for the back of the net.

Two minutes later the shed rang to the cry of PENALTY! As Danny Hall was brought down in the box as Fleetwood misjudged the explosive 10 yard pace Danny has available. The resulting spot kick was dispatched into the keeper’s right hand top corner of the Fleetwood net with a pace and precision that would have given even the top professional little chance. 2 - 0 to the Lambs and the first of the day for Troy Wallen.

The reshuffled Lambs went on to dominate the rest of the 1st half, with a solid spine to the team the younger Lambs out battled their opponents on a cold but sunny afternoon in Tamworth. Their reward for this hard work came just before the half time whistle as Alando Lewis was on hand to fight off a series of challenges and play in Troy Wallen on the run. With pace to burn Troy had time to take it round the keeper, but instead from outside the box decided on a snap shot, which caught the keeper unset and unable to dive quick / far enough to stop the ball from nestling in the back of the net. The Lambs went into the break 3 - 0 up, knowing though that they had been in a similar position against Chase Town and still had a lot of work to do.

The second half started disappointingly for the Lambs when Fleetwood Town pulled a goal back from a low driven ball across the goal which passed between the Lambs keeper and centre half pairing, with only the Fleetwood number 10 alert enough to turn it goal-wards at a stretch. The second half was largely uneventful, but of particular note was the work rate of Alando and Troy upfront, forcing the play in the Lambs favour. The game played out with the visitors gaining in confidence as the TFC academy lads tired from the effort they had put in, in the first half, response to Dale Belford’s rallying pre-match team talk.

With a man of the match performance from Alando, a 2 goal per game ratio in the League from Troy, and a superb work ethic from a team which started with 7 1st year’s, the lads continue make progress.

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