Four of the best from The Lambs
23 July 2011
After Friday's run out at Bolehall, Marcus Law had an almost full complement of signed players to choose from for the visit of Paul Peschisolido's League 2 Brewers side which featured ex-Lambs John McGrath, Ade Yussuf and Ross Atkins.
The Lambs got the game underway towards the Albion fans, populating the Meadow Street End.
Yussuf made a sprinting darting run into the left of the box on five but was unable to keep his feet and referee Mr Woolmer was having none of his penalty appeal.
At the other end Thomas put a fine ball into the box but the towering Bossu collected at a height most of us would need step ladders to reach.
The Brewers won a corner shortly after and Barrow headed it away and a midfield battle ensued, halted on 8 minutes by James' tackle on Christie in the centre circle.
Then on 10 Cain made the most of hesitancy in the back of the Burton defence, sprinting through the gaps to get onto Smith's chipped pass and steal the ball away from Bossu who came out too late. Cain was then left with the relatively easy task of slamming the ball home from a yard out. (1-0, 10 mins).
Sharrif almost made mincemeat of the defence on 14 but was denied his ball juggling set up by a last ditch clearance and was unable to get a shot away.
Tamworth survived a strong attack on 18 first, Yussuf made a mazy run into the area and struck a low shot on a tight angle which was cleared off the toes of Pearson and when the ball came out Bolder smashed a low drive at goal and looked to be going in through a crowd of players, but Hedge was more than equal to it and definitely deserved the plaudits he received.
After 25 minutes The Shed reacted vocally to a clash on the by-line between Pearson and Green and Mr Woolmer took time to calm things down with Green earning himself a yellow card for his efforts.
MacDonald tested Bossu with a rising shot from 25 yards a minute later.
A second goal came on the half hour when Thmoas set up MacDonald to send a superb spinning cross to the far post and there was only one possible outcome as Shariff arrived unmarked at the to head powerfully down past Bossu and into the back of the net (2-0, 30 mins)
A bouncing cross from Taylor evaded the heads of two Burton forwards, in amongst a crowd of Lambs defenders on 38.
The Lambs defence coped admirably with a Yussuf and Taylor attack four minutes before the end of the first half and the attacking mentality won a corner on 44which Kanyuka headed just wide of the far post.
At the other end Webster stuck the far post with a close range header before the whistle blew.
Green denied Zola's shot inside the box with a fine sliding intervention on 50 and from the corner Francis headed away strongly.
Marcus Law made three subs on 55 and Christie was fouled setting up Cain with a freekick which struck the wall.
Bolder, the only player remaining from the first half floated a hopeful effort at goal after spotting Hedge slightly off his line, but lifted his shot wide of the mark on the hour.
A change of Lambs strike force was introduced shortly after but it was The Brewers who should have pulled one back through Zola's header which went back across the face of goal and cleared for a corner.
A third goal came on 70 via low long range strike from MacDonald from some excellent interchange play down the right which set him up in the left channel and gave Atkins no chance. (3-0, 70 mins)
Atkins reacted quickly to deny Patterson a chance from Tait's through ball on 74 as some Brewers fans made their way out of the ground to sarcastic farewell's from the Shed.
Francis headed goalward from Bradley's chip into the area on 75 and Gudyer's ball caused problems from the left wing shortly afterwards.
The final two Lambs subs were made with 12 to go and as the clock ticked into the final 10 Zola spun on the ball in the right of the box, but his shot was off target.
A fourth goal came with five to go via Patterson's glancing header from Bradley's right wing cross which gave Atkins no chance at the Meadow Street End. (4-0, 85 mins)
A late freekick allowed Dyer to hit a curling shot at the near post but Collister was more than equal to it and clawed the ball away from the resultant corner.
Jonathon Hedge (Joe Collister 78), Paul Green (Richard Tait 55), Scott Barrow (Connor Gudyer 55), Jay Smith (Daniel Bradley 55), Francino Francis (Liam Francis 78), Patrick Kanyuka, Ashley Cain, Liam MacDonald, Iyseden Christie (Kyle Patterson 63), Nabil Shariff (Kieron St Aimee 63), Danny Thomas
Subs: All used
Burton Albion Team:
First Half: Bossu, Palmer, James, Stanton, Webster, Taylor, Bolder, McGrath, Phillips, Yussuf, Pearson
Second Half: Atkins, Bolder, Spence, Austin, Moore, Corbett, Dyer, Munn, Maghoma, Hughes-Mason, Zola
Man of the Match: San Giovanni chose: Francino Francis
Referee: Mr. K .Woolmer