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Lambs refuse to be thunderstruck by Alex

FT: Tamworth 1    1 Crewe Alexandra

04 August 2012

Following the midweek display against Bristol Rovers Marcus Law a starting eleven for the final home friendly ahead of the competitive season kick off at Dartford in a weeks time, and welcomed Duane Courtney back into the side.

Crewe got the game underway with Tamworth kicking towards the Meadow Street End and it was the visitors who had the first sight of goal as West curled a shot from the left of the box which Breeden caught below his bar.
A left sided corner for Crewe was punched clear by Breedon on 4 but he could do nothing to stop a powerful low drive from the left channel into the far right corner from 20 yards by former Wrexham striker Pogba (0-1, 6 mins)
Marshall escaped a penalty shout against him when Clayton fell under pressure on 12 and on 17 Pogba got the better of Courtney but was unable to turn on the ball and Barrow cleared the danger.
The Lambs won a corner on 20 and it eventually fell to Marna on the right of the box but he hit his shot into the right hand side netting.
After some encouragement from the Tamworth bench, Till latched onto a good move forward and fired agonisingly wide of the far post from the left of the box.
Crewe forged their way through on the half hour but the attempted back heel from Pogba did not connect and Breeden was able to collect.
The rain started coming down with increasing vigour with 10 to go and forced fans on the Castle End terrace to scamper for cover and Courtney was forced to put a last ditch tackle in to deny Pogba's run towards the edge of the box on 40.
Cunnington made a run into the box shortly after, but was denied and at the other end Pogba latched onto a pass from Daniels but screwed his shot wide.
Cunnington then tested Martin with a right footed drive hoping the wet would add to the difficulty but the keeper was equal to it as the mosson continued.
Marna had the ball in the net with a good finish on 45 but it was ruled out for an earlier foul and the referee blew his whistle.

HT: Tamworth 0    1 Crewe Alexandra

A flurry of substitutions and a change in top for the referee occurred at half time and The Lambs almost equalised immediately but Marna's shot took a deflection from 8 yards and the resultant corner was cleared.
Thunder struck and lightening crashed around the ground as Marna put the ball in the net again, but the linesman's flag had ruled out the strike long before.
On 54, Cunnington lifted a header goalward from Marna's ball on the right but sub keeper Garratt was equal to it.
Cunnington chested the ball back to Kelly on 57 who in turn lifted a pass to Marna advancing through the middle, but he was unable to get a clean touch and the chance was lost.
Kelly sent a fine ball into the mix from the left looking for Wright or Cunnington and although a header was got away it skimmed wide of the mark.
Cunnington set up Marna with a chested down ball on the edge of the box on 63 but the latter was unable to keep his shot from going over the bar.
Marshall tried a lob of the keeper from the half way line shortly after and it dropped just a yard or two over the bar, although Garratt was more than happy to watch it out of play without too much worry.
Clayton and Daniels combined to try and effort at Breeden but the shot was wayward, while at the other end Kerry almost found the target with a low drive and Cunnington followed up but the flag ruled out the equaliser on 68.
A freekick was then won by Cunnington in the left channel and he struck the low shot with some venom but watched in agony as it came back off the far post and then the keeper before being cleared.
Crewe made an enforced change on 75 after a challenge left Osman needing treatment and The Lambs continued to search for a goal, but were denied by the woodwork again when Wright was first to the loose ball into the box but saw it rebound off the right hand upright and out.
With 10 to go, Marcus Law made a trio of changes and a corner was won on the right and was taken shot and the ball moved around well, which allowed The Lambs to attack, but Garratt was first to it.
Then on 84, Kelly picked up the ball and drove it home from 30 yards with a powerful right footed strike which gave Garratt no chance, for his 6th of the pre-season. (1-1, 84 mins)
A dangerous ball in from the right forced another corner on 85 but it was cleared and Kelly tried again, but from further out this time, but this time Garratt was looking straight down it and stopped it's flight with a routine stop.
As a tremendous clap of thunder rang around the ground, Barrow almost drove his angled drive from the left inside the far post but it took a touch for a corner on the right and was cleared.
And after a short delay for an injury to Clayton play resumed then was halted immediately by the full time whistle.

Tamworth Team:

Tony BREEDEN (GK), Richard TAIT, Duane COURTNEY (Jordan IVEY-WARD HT), Tom MARSHALL, Adam CUNNINGTON, Marcus KELLY, Tommy WRIGHT (Connor GUDGER 80), Jean-Paul MARNA (Charlie COLLINS 80), Lloyd KERRY, Scott BARROW, Peter TILL (Troy WALLEN 80)

Subs: James WREN (GK), Kyle PATTERSON, Callum FLANAGAN

Crewe Alexandra Team:

Alan MARTIN (Ben GARRATT (GK) HT), Oliver TURTON, Andy WHITE, Abdul OSMAN (Paris BATEMAN 75), Mark ELLIS (Gregor ROBERTSON HT), Harry DAVIS (John GUTHRIE HT), Michael WEST (George RAY HT), Luke MURPHY (Harry CLAYTON HT), Mathius POGBA, Max CLAYTON, Brendan DANIELS

Subs: Ashley WESTWOOD

Attendance: 475

Man of the Match: Teambuilder chose Richard Tait

Referee: Mr. R. Merchant

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