A run in the sun for Lambs and Dragons
18 July 2015The Lambs welcomed former boss Gary Mills back for the third pre-season fixture and with it a few old faces amongst the squad including Cameron Belford, Javan Vidal and Kayden Jackson.
Brother of Lambs assistant Mike Fowler, Lee lined up for the opposition and of course current Lambs boss Andy Morrell refreshed his links with a club that continues to mean a lot to the former Red Dragons player and Manager. After a minutes silence for Tony Hughes, Roy Andrews and Joel Richards The Lambs kicked off towards the Meadow Street End.
The goalless scoreline after 15 minutes did not reflect the application or intensity of the play from both sides, with The Lambs probably shading it with Newton having the best chance from a corner, turning on the ball and curling it just over Belford’s bar into the away end.
Racchi forced a low smother of the ball on 20 with a shot from 20 yards and Jennings driven effort from 20 yards on 31 took a slight deflection and wide of the left hand post as the visitors threatened.
Warlow picked up a booking (which was rescinded by the man in the middle after the final whistle) for tripping Vidal as he advanced through midfield on 42 and he half time whistle blew on a goalless first half.
Wrexham restarted the game with Tamworth attacking the Castle End but it was the visitors who won a corner early on when Fowler’s freekick was glanced behind by Preston and came to nothing.
Dyer connected well enough with a Taylor ball in from the right on 50 but his volley, that beat Belford, went over the bar from 6 yards.
It took a body block by Smith on 67 to deny Taylor from 18 yards and a flurry of changes followed. The visitors forced a corner late on and Smith struck the bar with a header at the far post and Hubbins forced a corner at the other end in added time but neither side could do enough to claim the victory.
After the final whistle, Andy Morrell thanked Wrexham for making the journey to The Lamb and said 'It's been tough in the heat against higher league opposition and we didn;t have as much of the ball as we would have liked, but the cleansheet is a definite positive and we kept our shape well.
I told the lads that there would be games where we had to play with 'less ball' and we defended well and headed it away from the box but did play it forward to quickly at times wen working the ball out would have been a better option.
One thing I pointed out to the team was that one lapse of concentration, like at the end when they struck the bar in the final minute, could have cost us the game but we can take a lot of positives from the match.
The centre backs did their job particularly well. They are young and with a good work ethic but I need one more as we are bit light in that area.
Up front Ross (Dyer) and Danny (Newton) worked hard and it was good to for some of the squad to get 90 minutes under their belt.
Preseason results don't always transcribe into league form but we have got some good momentum at the moment and it is backed up by a winning mentality in the dressing room and I can't ask formore than that at this stage.'
Tamworth Belshaw, Burns, Warlow (Millard 70), Tomassen (Ezewele 78), Preston, Green (Smith 70), Durrell (Hubbins 73), Clarke (Wilkins 70), Dyer (Paratore 78), Newton (Morrell 84), Taylor (Davies 78)
Belford, Vidal, Smith, Hudson, Newton, Racchi (Reynolds 68), Fowler (Walsh 59), Vose (York 59), Moke (Evans 68), Gray (Jackson 65), Jennings (Royle 78)
Subs: all used
Referee: Mr. B. Cooke