Monday Sep 27, 2010
For a match report from Wednsday's game please click the title of this story.
The Academy B team kicked off their season against Newcastle Under Lyme College away on Wednesday 22nd September at their brand new state of the art sports centre.
In the pre-match team talk delivered by Richard Sneekes and Daryl Burgess the academy team made up completely of 1st years were warned to stay faithful to their passing game and close down quickly the larger and older opposition. Within 5 minutes of the kickoff however the B team conceded their 1st goal as centre half Callum Hemmings decided to try to shield the ball and call out his keeper to make a clearance beyond the edge of the box. Callum was unable to hold the Newcastle striker at bay for long enough and had the ball stolen from him just as the keeper was preparing to volley to safety; leaving an easy tap in for the striker to make it 1 - 0.
Tamworth struggled attempting all to often to try and play through the middle in the 1st half on a smaller than they were used to pitch, with the dry grass left long following a preseason in which Newcastle had struggled to prepare the pitches in time for their 1st match. The outlet came down the left hand side for The Lambs with Wingers Michael Bloore and Georgio Sneekes playing left back and wing respectively having the beating of their counterparts on nearly every occasion, which lead to a handful of corners conceded by Newcastle most from blocked shots and terrific reaction saves from a keeper that was small in stature but quick across his goal mouth.
The B team failed to convert headers from a handful of corners with one wide, four over the bar and a disallowed goal for a push on the Newcastle defender.
The Lambs went into the break 2nd best across most of the pitch, with Sneekes making it clear to the players his disappointment with the level of team work, the number of times the lads tried to find the kill ball from back to front instead of playing the simple pass and the failure to convert chances. Following a constructive half time break and a couple of changes in the back four that released Michael Bloore further up the pitch and saw Georgio Sneekes switch wings, Tamworth delivered the style of playing those that saw the A team play Birmingham City at the Lamb would have been accustomed too.
The Lambs levelled the game on 55 minutes, with Michael Bloore volleying home Liam Degsville's chipped in free-kick. It was quickly followed on 60 minutes by Aaron Daley pouncing onto Michael Bloores driven cross from the left.
The second half performance was a significant improvement over the 1st half with Newcastle unable to match the Lambs as the simple pass and move style set out by Dale Belford and the coaches in preseason became 2nd nature to the Tamworth lads as they grew into the match.
A stand out performance by Georgio Sneekes was capped with a goal ten minutes from the end as he beat two players on the wing, cut into the box, faked to cross the ball and guided the ball into a small gap left by the outwitted keeper at his near post.
Newcastle scored a consolation goal late on with an own goal from Luke Ringsell as he was caught out running towards his own goal by a crossed ball that he expects others in front of him to clear.
The game finished 2 - 3, with the Lambs receiving significant praise from Richard Sneekes and Daryl Burgess for their second half performance. With the bar now set, the B team face Burton College next week, in a bid to perform effectively as a team across the full 90 minutes and for individuals to be recommended to make the switch to the A team as the face a local derby against Chase Town next Wednesday (29th September).