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Lambs cruise to win at Heather

FT: Heather St.Johns 0    7 Tamworth

30 July 2013

The Lambs were invited to Heather St.Johns to play a friendly match to celebrate the opening of their new 106 seater stand. The game kicked off with the sun shining making viewing from the new stand a little difficult and in the opening minutes of the game the home side were making all of the running. Cameron Belford was the first keeper to be in action after a good ball was fed through for a HST forward to run onto, his first time effort was taken by the Lambs keeper.

A HSJ defender under hit his header back to his keeper but as Jake Jones was nipping in to take advantage George Woodward came out of his box to kick the ball away to clear the danger.

After soaking up HSJ's early pressure the Lambs started to stroke the ball around and in the 11th minute Tony Capaldi hit a great ball in from the left which saw Tom Eckersley and Richard Baker compete for the ball with Baker getting the final touch heading the ball back into the left hand side of the goal.

Richard Peniket was held up by a defender on the floor but he still managed to lay the ball back to Baker who placed the ball just wide of the goal

In the 24th minute Baker went close getting on the end of a pass into the box after a good passing move which started at the back.

On the half hour mark Jake Jones was brought down just outside of the box having already beaten two players. Richard Baker took the free kick and hit a firm low shot under the wall as they jumped to score his second and the Lambs second goal of the game.

Andy Todd mad a good run from the right into the penalty area and just as he was about to shoot the defender made a last ditch tackle clearing the ball away to safety.

Woodward denied the Lambs in the 37th minute making a double save, first the HSJ keeper dived full length to push the ball away only to the feet of Richard Peniket but the keeper was quick to his feet to block the Lambs strikers shot.Two minutes later Woodward denied Peniket again this time the former Fulham man sent a left foot strike towards the goal.

In the 41st minute it became third time lucky for Peniket as he gave Woodward no chance finishing off another good passing move. In added on time Peniket scored another to make it four before the break and his third brace in four games. This goal was hammered home after the ball bounced to him by the left hand post.




HT: Heather St.Johns 0    4 Tamworth

Dale Belford made seven changes at half time ensuring all the players that travelled to the game had at least 45 minutes of action. One substitute making an instant impact was Stuart Hendrie who shortly after the kick off saw a shot rise just over the crossbar. He was soon on target as in the 49th minute his low shot into the right side of the net made it 5-0.

Andy Todd who moved further forward in the second half went close with a shot from the edge of the box which went just over the crossbar. In a rare break into Tamworth's half Jose Veiga had to be on his toes leaving his area to kick clear.

Louis Harris hit a firm low strike from 25 yards in the 62nd minute which went inches wide of the right hand post then minutes later hit an identical shot with the same result.

With the game totally being played in HSJ's half Dale and Scott continued to urge the side on, Harris sent a cross field ball from the right to Kaiyne Woolery on the left. The tricky winger took the ball on to the bye-line then pulled it back into Andy Todd who slotted the ball home to make it 6-0 in the 75th minute despite the keeper getting a hand to the ball.

 Only three minutes later it was seven when Lloyd Kerry was well placed in the box to hit home after another good passing move created the opening.

It could have been eight but on this occasion the keeper's luck held up as he managed to tip a good effort from Stuart Hendrie onto the post after Hendrie had made a dribbling run with the ball into the box.

Despite the score line it was still an entertaining match and the majority of the 220 who turned up went home happy and to count the scarecrows on display in the village as it Heathers annual scarecrow festival.

Tamworth Team:
Cameron Belford (Jose Veiga45), Andy Todd, Tom Eckersley, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Gudger, Duane Courtney (Louis Harris 45), Richard Baker (Lloyd Kerry 45), Tony Capadi (Scott James 45), Richard Peniket (Darren Byfield 45), Justin Richards (Stuart Hendrie 45) , Jake Jones (Kaiyne Woolery 45)

Heather St.Johns Team:

George Woodward, Matt Addcock, Chris Waldrum, Eoin Bradford, Steve Dennahy, Ben Minshull, Martin Davies, Ryan Pirrie, Conal Powall, Jimmy Slack, Richard Lonsdale

Subs all used:- Angus Parker, Jacob Wright, Alex Rowland, Joe Price, Lee Barrow, Nathan McAllister, Jack Keyte, Dan Harris

Attendance: 220

Referee: Mr Andy Parker

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