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Pics take gold in friendly win

FT: Rushall Olympic 2    1 Tamworth

17 July 2012

Evostik Premier side Rushall got the better of Tamworth in the third pre-season run out with a winner in the latter stages of the second half.
It was a typical game of two halves and was watched from the terraces by former Lambs skipper Adie Smith, now turning out for the home side (but not tonight).

Tamworth took the honours in the first half and looked far more comfortable in the first period than they did in the second, which was disrupted by numerous changes.
Alhtough the 'Pics had the first chance of the game Kerry almost found ex-Fleetwood man Till with a good cross from the right shortly after.
A very good ball from Barrow on the left then almost found Wright but his header was off target and then Kerry struck for goal but saw his effort go over the bar from the right channel.
Marna then made space down the left and crossed for Till whose ball back into the danger area was adjudged to have been handled by a Rushall player and Marna stepped up to take the spot kick but Gemmell chose the direction of his spot kick correctly and pushed the ball away high to his left.
Breeden was called into action a few times in the game and made a good save at the feet of the Olympic forward as the half went on but The Lambs countered with a couple of chances.
First Till put a ball into the near post from the right of the area and Wright was unlucky not to connect fully to test the keeper then Marna's left sided cross was well headed by Wright, but header went wide of the near post.
A fine move through the centre left saw Marna feed Kerry but he could only find the top of the woodwork with a shot from the right of the area.
The high work rate eventually paid off for Tamworth though and they ended the half with a well taken finish from Till, although Gemmell almost denied him a 'debut' strike as his shot went in off the keeper's feet, to give the visitors a 1-0 half time lead.

HT: Rushall Olympic 0    1 Tamworth

Two half time subs brought two trialists into the Lambs side and Rushall capitalised on a gap which allowed a fine finish from Obeng to level the tie.

Glimpses of chances came and went for the home side who looked the more likely to score next including one effort which was born from a miskicked clearance from Breeden.
The home striker found himself unexpectedly with the ball at his feet and tried an audacious lob from distance but Breeden recovered to push the high ball away only to find Walker well placed, but the Lambs keeper was not to be beaten as he pushed the angled drive round the post at full stretch.

A well worked corner involving Gudger and Hendrie brought a good save from the home keeper late on but it was left to Obeng to secure victory for Rushall with a close range finish from a left sided freekick.

Tamworth Team:

Breeden, Tait, Barrow, Marshall, Oji, Hendrie, Kerry, Kelly, Till, Wright, Marna
Subs: Wren (not used), Gudger, J. Smith, Flanagan + trialists (all used)

Rushall Olympic Team:

Gemmell, Naylor, Haynes, Spittle, Tolley, Langston, BNeckett, Brown, Landell, Walker, Clarke
Subs: Abbott, Stephens, Daniel, Keenan, Forde, Craddock, Obeng, Gomes, Amos

Attendance: 164

Referee: Mr. J. Clark

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