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Experimental side falls to Pitmen

FT: Hednesford Town 3    1 Tamworth

01 August 2006

With last season's FA Cup final referee Alan Wiley in charge of proceedings, Lambs' boss Mark Cooper was not apologetic about the result on Tuesday night as, although it was disappointing, it answered some questions for him regarding squad selection for the forthcoming season.

"This game, and next Tuesday's at Sutton Coldfield, will allow us to look at players who do not normally get a full run out and tonight's showing has already made my mind up regarding some of the players," he said.

Tamworth started well against Hednesford, but fell behind to a penalty on the half hour mark after Emmett Friars was adjudged to have handled on the line. Mario Pedro stroked the ball past James Dormand to make it 1-0 to the home side.

In the second half, The Pitmen made it 2-0 when David Whittaker chipped over Dormand from close range after a good move left the Lambs' defence standing.

Tamworth pulled one back via ex Adders man Matt Brown who put the ball in at the second attempt folllwing good work from Kyle Storer.

But Ross Dyer left Richard Dryden for dead with 10 minutes remaining giving Dormand little chance to deny the substitute's side their third goal of the evening.

Cooper rested Dave Bampton, Matt Redmile and Graham Ward who should all feature against Nuneaton on Saturday.

Dormand, Smith (Dryden 78), Norris (McGrath 72), Law, Neilson (Cooper 82), Friars (Douglas HT), Hall (Brown 55), Munday, Ridgway (Storer 61), Stevenson, Williams (Moore 78)

Unused: Bowles

Att: not known.

A programme was issued for this game

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