Assured display for opening victory
10 August 2013
Newly promoted Salisbury City provided the first test for new Lambs boss Dale Belford and
And so the waiting was over and The Lambs travelled to The Raymond MacEnhill Stadium for their opening Skrill League fixture against the promoted side.
Boss Dale Belford and assistant Scott Lindsey had worked hard during pre-season assembling a squad of their own choosing mixing old and new faces of differing ages and experience and the travelling faithful who had made the long journey to Wiltshire would soon be able to cheer and encourage their side onto a hopeful three points.
The Lambs kicked off proceedings with Tamworth fans in great voice.
After penning the home side inside their own half for the opening couple of minutes, Thomas got on the end of a long Courtney throw and it went high and over the stand behind the goal
A foul by Kerry on the right of the box set up Wright with a dead ball chance on 5 and the ball swung towards goal but Courtney was able to head the danger away and although the ball came back into the box, Capaldi shepherded it out of play for a goal kick.
On 8 a freekick was awarded in a similar position but this time is was not cleared and fell to Lewis who tried a shot from the edge of the area, curling it goalward with his right boot and missing the targets top right corner by a few feet.
Feeney found some time and space to try and cut the ball across the face of the goal on 15 but it was allowed to roll out past the far post by Belford.
Just over the half way line on 18, Capaldi tried to float the ball into the box with a measured free kick but sent it too long to trouble Puddy and a foul on Richards as The Lambs looked to build again appeared to gave him another but a good ten yards closer however Evans actually took it and a deflection took it back to the keeper.
Baker charged down a Puddy clearance 12 yards out on 24 but the ball rebounded out of play although it could have gone anywhere and was good thinking by the Lambs midfielder.
Capaldi continued to be involved preventing most things down the Salisbury right with Jones, playing slightly fowards, backing him up, and Sinclair was twice denied attempts of crosses by the player.
Wilson felled Richards on the half hour on the left of the front edge of the box and Baker and Capaldi lined up the freekick but Baker struck the wall and the ball went for a right sided corner.
The ball was punched clear by Puddy and Capaldi put it back into the area from the right allowing Thomas to steal in and lift his header over Puddy and into the back of the net (1-0, 32 mins)
As the game entered the final 5 minutes of the first half Dale Belford encouraged his lads to be positive and keep it up to half time with the home side becoming a little frustrated at times with their lack of incisiveness although effort from The Whites and The Lambs was definitely not lacking at all.
Stuart Sinclair forced the first real save from Belford on 44 with a driven right footed effort from the left and the keeper was equal to it but had to concede a corner in the process which was over-hit and wasted.
A corner at the other end was almost met by the head of Peniket as two added minutes was shown and duly ended without further incident.
Salisbury got the second half underway and with The Lambs now attacking the open end of the ground fans were split as to whether to stay in the shade or venture into the sun.
The home side quickly won a corner and Thomas powered it away with a fine defensive header.
At the other end on 49 Kerry, Richards and Jones combined to force Puddy to concede a left sided corner and Jones flashed his header just wide of the near post.
White forced a superb near post stop from Belford on 51 and the ball span out past the far post to safety when it looked like it may sneak in untouched but The Lambs survived.
Thomas was adjudged to have fouled sub Fitchett on the hour and a freekick was awarded in the left channel around 35 yards out and Belford set himself to deny Wright's freekick but it was well wide of the mark and didn't trouble the keeper.
Robert Sinclair skipped past Richards-Eventon and then won a corner with a blocked shot off Courtney on 63. It earned Richards-Everton a booking before Wilson saw his header blocked and booted away from danger. Sinclair was also booked after play was stopped for a foul.
Belford had to be quick to gather the ball when Evans headed back towards him on 70 and Sinclair was quick to get a cross in on 71 as Wright came into the box but failed to get the necessary direction on his header whipped away towards the corner flag.
The Lambs won a corner from a Courtney effort that was blocked in right of the box on 75 but play had to be stopped as a blood shirt was required by the home side and on 80 Belford was called into action again, again to deny a strike from Wright - this time on the right of the box.
Baker felled R Sinclair on the right cannel on 84 and Wright set himself for the dead ball but only found the wall and won a corner which came to nothing.
As the clocked ticked towards 90 Byfield and Woolery came on for Peniket and Jones respectively and the clock ran down for three points for The Lambs
Belford, Evans, Richards-Everton, Kerry (Todd 81), Baker, Richards, Jones (Woolery 90), Courtney, Peniket (Byfield 90), Capaldi, Thomas
Subs: Harris, Wren
Salisbury City Team:
Puddy, Hart, Clarke, Wilson, Wilson, Wellard (Frear 68), Lewis, Sinclair R (Kamdjo 89), Sinclair S, Wright, Dutton (c), Feeney (Fitchett 59)
Subs: Ruddick, Brett
Referee: Mr. C. Hicks (Sutton)