Lambs coast to friendly victory
29 July 2014
Its been close on 30 years since the Lambs last made a visit to the Red Lion Ground to play Brereton Social but the welcome was still warm and on a sunny Late July evening. Manager Dale Belford had taken all of the squad plus the remaining trialists who only had this game and Saturdays friendly at Rushall to push for a place in the new seasons squad.
Two sides were selected to play and with the ball predominately in the home sides half of the pitch it was the Social who should have scored first when a long ball through caught the defence up field and a shot from the right went just wide of the left hand post in the 13th minute.
In the 16th minute Brendan Daniels scored the opening goal jumping up at the right hand post to head home from close range after a right sided corner was not cleared and the ball was played back in from the left. It was Daniels second goal in two games for the Lambs. Dave Hibbert should have made it two in the 22nd minute when he headed over when well placed from a pin pointed cross from Daniel Sleath.
Six minutes later in the 28th minute Hibbert made amends as he was on hand to follow up from close range to make it two after the keeper had blocked Shane Clarkes effort. Before the restart Dale Belford replaced James Belshaw with trialist Raaj Gill. Before the break in the 39th minute Dave Hibbert went close again when from a Paul Green cross his diving header went just wide of the left hand post.
The half ended with the Referee sending the home number 8 off to cool down and be substituted after he continued to have words with the official after he and Adams had been spoken to after an incident in the penalty box.
The Lambs made eight changes at half time with only Gill, Green and James who were on the pitch at the end of the first half. As with the first half it was Brereton who should have scored the first goal of the half when another shot went just wide of the post with Gill beaten. It did not take long for the Lambs to extend the lead when in the 48th minute a Connor Taylor shot was parried by the keeper and fell to trialist Luke Williams who slotted home.
Connor Taylor made it 4-0 in the 57th minute when he was picked out from a left wing cross and volleyed home from edge of the six yard box giving the keeper no chance of making a save.
In the 62nd minute Assistant Manager Steve Farmer replaced Paul Green in the heart of the defence. With the Lambs well on top it was surprising that it was not until the 90th minute that the fifth goal went in when Donovan Simmons scored to send the Lamb fans home happy with a win and an enjoyable evening at Brereton Social.
Belshaw (Gill 28th min),Green, Purdie, James,Clarke, Preston, Daniels, Adams, Hibbert, Jackson, Sleath
Gill, Pursehouse,Green (Farmer 62nd min), James, Grayson,L.Williams, Cox, Rush, Simmons, Taylor, S.Williams