The Lambs beat The Baggies
24 July 2012
Tamworth's first run out at home of the pre-season brought a West Brom reserve side to The Lamb.
Marcus Law's preparations for the new season, on the field, were taking shape and this was reflected by what could be considered a first team line up.
The Lambs kicked off the game towards the Castle End but WBA soon gained possession and kept the home side in their own half.
The Lambs did make a foray into their opponents half though, with Tait putting a chipped cross into the box which keeper Lewis gathered, and then a freekick was awarded which Hendrie lined up from 30 yards but played it short and a foul on Tait set up Kelly on the right with a dead ball which only threatened.
A long throw into the box on 10 fell kindly for Cunnington but he had his back to goal and was unable to back heel the chance towards the target.
A high catch but the WBA defender when no flag or whistle appeared saw the game restart with a drop ball on 13 and a corner was won shortly after which Hendrie took but was cleared and Tait did well to deny Kargbo a run down the wing.
Good work by Kelly down the left saw Barrow hit a deep cross to the far post but no one could finish the chances with Kerry striking a curling shot wide of the left hand post.
Anothe corner came on 17 which Hendrie curled to the far post but Wright was unable to get anything more than a glancing header on it, diverting it past the far post.
On 24 a whipped in freekick from the right was put over the bar by Gayle from close range.
The Baggies then won a corner on the left from Marshall's clearance and the same player put a hefty boot through the ball to clear it. Till advanced but his chip to the far post was headed behind for a Lambs flag kick by the clubhouse. Hendrie stepped up but it was just too high and Tait won a throw on the left but WBA were quick and Oji put in a timely challenge to deny the run of Kargbo.
The visitors won another corner on 30 which Cunnington headed behind for another on the opposite side which Barrow cleared.
Birch brought Kerry down as he looked to pass to the left wing 30 yards out in a central position but Kelly's strike went straight into the keeper's grasp.
Breeden was forced to punch away a shot from O'Sullivan on 36 and although Kelly tried to clear the ball, a corner was the result on the left.
Till's cross allowed Cunnington to try a flying header on 39 but was unable to get it on target.
But it came right as the final minute of the first half came into view when Kelly put the Lambs into the lead with a fine right footed strong rolling shot from 25 yards into the bottom left hand corner. (1-0, 44 mins)
After the break, Danny Moore escorted the WBA players onto the pitch and the visitors kicked off the second half.
Kargbo miss hit his shot early on when well placed and a freekick for the Lambs came on 49 which Kelly put into the box but it was cleared with a hefty boot.
Barrow unleashed a right footed drive on 50 which whizzed past the left hand post.
Breeden ventured far out of his box to clear the danger on 53 as WBA pushed forwards and Sawyers showed some skill, but couldn't get past Marshall and won a corner on the right which was cleared.
Cunington broke past his covering defender and fired straight at Lewis the goal on 57 and Kelly made light work of getting to the touch line before crossing into the area, but Lewis caught it at height.
A pull on Cunnington won a Lambs freekick on the edge of the D but Hendrie's attempted curling shot hit the wall on the hour.
Barrow's ball into the box from the left on 61 was aimed for Wright and he got his head to the ball but under pressure, was unable to direct it at Lewis and the visitors made the first change of the evening.
Patterson replaced Cunnington up front for The Lambs with 20 to go and the visitors made two more changes before Till cut into the box and saw his attempted lob take a deflection over the bar for a corner on the right. There were shouts for handball as the dead ball came in but the referee was unmoved.
After a very good spell of attacking possession, Till's shot went out for a corner on the right on 79 but it was too long and went out on the far side, untouched.
Gudger replaced Barrow in defence and Marna replaced Till in attack with 10 to go and there were a few forays into the final third of the field, until QWB sub Brown was felled and O'Sullican went up for a header but won a corner instead and although the visitors pressed the was no clear cut chance and Breeden was able to restart play with a goal kick.
Play continued for a couple of minutes after, and Breeden was called into action to catch a long range curler cross / shot from the left wing and when the final whistle blew there were cheers of appreciation from the bumper crowd.
Tony BREEDEN (GK), Richard TAIT, , Scott BARROW (Connor GUDGER 80), Sam OJI, Tom MARSHALL, Marcus KELLY, Lloyd KERRY, Lee HENDRIE, Adam CUNNINGTON (Kyle PATTERSON 70), Tommy WRIGHT, Peter TILL (Jean-Paul MARNA 80)
Subs: James WREN (GK), Callum FLANAGAN, Luke BOTTOMER, Scott MEER
West Bromwich Albion Team:
Shane LEWIS (GK), Wesley ATKINSON, Bradley GARMSTON, Aaron BIRCH (Ryan PACE 73), Donervorn DANIELS, Cameron GAYLE, James BANTOM (Isaiah BROWN 73), ? DOBIE (Kay BROWN 83), Abu BAKARR KARGBO (Alex JONES 63), Romaine SAWYERS, Mani O'SULLIVAN
Subs: Alex PALMER, Callum JONES, Jordan FRANCIS, Joel AMBALU, RAMADANE