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Rain soaked MacKenzie strike extends unbeaten pre-season

FT: Solihull Moors 0    1 Tamworth

01 August 2009Gary Mills welcomed back Richard Tait and Michael Blackwood to the starting eleven and also gave trialist Seb Lake Gaskin a full game at number seven as the rain poured down at Damson Parkway during the first half.

An early push on Rodman gave MackEnzie a freekick right of centre and the Lambs worked the ball around back to Rodman who shot accross the face of goal but out past the far post.
Good play from MacKenzie, Pritchard and Lake-Gaskin set up MacKenzie shortly after to win a corner and a freekick from MacKenzie shortly after went close but not close enough.
The Tamworth defence coped well with a deep cross from former Lamb Dean Lea on 15 and Junior Brown brought a good save from Alcock a few minutes after which was taken out wide and back on to the head of another ex-Tammie, Jake Edwards, but his header went wide of the mark.
A spell of Lambs pressure around the 20 minute mark saw Rodman force a save from Danny Crane, Pritchard feed Lake-Gaskin who had a tame shot at Crane and then Tait swept the ball over the box into the path of the in coming Sheridan but he put his shot well over the bar from the left of the area.
The rain by this point was coming down in buckets making control difficult but it didn't hamper the enthusiasm on the pitch as Moors, via Edwards on the right, set up Junior English to curl a shot wide of the right upright from outside the box and on 34 Blackwood's right wing cross to the far post saw Lake-Gaskin head just wide of the opposite post.
Lea crossed from the right again only to find Alcock in fine form as the rain subsided and a minute or two latr MacKenzie scored what proved to be the winner with a low drive from outside the area after Crane could only punch a cross clear and into his path. (1-0, 40 mins)
the final action of the first half, in added time, saw Edwards force Alcock to make a save at his hnear post from a corner.

HT: Solihull Moors 0    1 Tamworth

Former £1.3 million Leicester forward Trevor Benjamin replaced Sheridan after the second half kicked off and then Briscoe came on for Smith as Wylde took over the captains armband.
A flowing move involving Benjamin, Pritchard and Rodman won a corner for The Lambs 15 minutes in but Crane took the flag kick easily.
There were loud shouts for a penalty three minutes later when Pritchard turned on the edge of the area and was brought down by Lea but the referee ruled the foul had taken place on the line on the edge of the box rather than just inside and MacKenzie fired his freekick in only for Crane to push it away with a low save.
Nicholson replaced Pritchard on 70 as Rodman unleashed a right footed shot which would have hit the target had it not been for a Moors defender blocking it's path and Benjamin then saw his header cleared away.
With ten minutes to go a foul on Benjamin set up Nicholson with a freekick chance which he curled low around the wall but sub Moors keeper Jamie Atkins batted it away and in the final 5 minutes Nicholson appeared to have been brought down as he went past the last defender in the area but no penalty was given.
Nicholson picked up a yellow card shortly before the final whistle blew for a challenge on Indy Khela which sounded worse than it perhaps looked as he hit his opponents shin pad and removed the Moor's defenders boot. Khela was able to walk away from the incident after the challenge but was immediately replaced and Benjamin had the final chance of the game but saw his shot blocked.

Tamworth Team:

Alcock, Tait, Blackwood, Smith (Briscoe 61), Wylde, MacKenzie, Lake-Gaskin, Shaw, Sheridan (Benjamin 50), Rodman, Pritchard (Nicholson 70)
Unused: Lyttle, Mills, Belford

Solihull Moors Team:
Crane, Khela, Johnson, Streete, Daly, English, Lea, Pritchard M, Edwards, Brown, Downes
Subs: Faulds, Price, Recci, Dempster, Lewis, Pugh, Gardner, Atkins (GK)

Referee: Mr. L. Martin (B'ham)

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