Gaffer fires the Lambs winner
21 July 2015
On a balmy evening in Derbyshire, The Lambs made their first ever appearance against the welcoming Sports side and the game got off to a fast paced start.
Wilkins fed the ball to Newton and he unleashed a shot from 20 yards but it lifted over the target.
The home side were hungry for goals too and caused Gill to head the ball out of his box to clear the danger on 7 before a good move down the right threatened his goal but the shot went over the corner of bar and post.
Newton turned on the ball in the box on 11 but it went wide of the right hand upright while Mickleover went close with a well placed ball into the box from former Lamb John McGrath.
The home side took the lead on 19 when a freekick from the left was not headed away and fell kindly for Walshe to rifle home at the far post. (0-1, 19 mins)
By now The Lambs were working the ball around the picth almost exclusively from the back and on the floor with Gill not kicking goal kicks long and invariable rolling or throwing the ball out to the defenders. This was further backed up from the bench who urged the side to ‘Get it and give it’ but it did mean that chances were limited as Mickleover did their best to nip the ball of Lambs players toes.
But one speculative long ball-come-shot from Tommassen nearly beat former Lambs custodian Ross Atkins on 39 and he did well to judge the bounce that could have sneaked under his bar.
Belshaw replaced Gill at half time and the inclusion of Green and Davies brought a sense of urgency to the game.
Newton set up Dyer with a low centre from the left wing on 52 but he somehow missed the target while at the other end Wilkins was robbed by McGrath and it took some strong defending to clear the danger.
Dyer found Newton in the area with a perfectly timed pass on 67 and the latter slotted it home past Atkins to equalise before both were replaced and the two substitutes combined nine minutes later to put The Lambs in front, Durrell passing the ball in from the right for Morrell to fire home with a powerful right footed finish.
Mickleover gave as good as they got as they went in search of an equaliser but Belshaw and Burns combined to deny the home side a share of the spoils.
Gill (Belshaw HT), Burns, Warlow (Selway 80), Tommassen, Preston, Smith, Taylor (Davies 52), Clarke (Green 52), Dyer (Morrell 67), Newton (Durrell 67), Wilkins (Paratore 63)
Mickleover Sports Team:
Atkins, Bennett, Palmer, Walshe, Wiley, Degirolamo, Dales, Homles, Oshoboke, McGrath, Griffiths-Junior
Subs (all used): Hazel, Demidh, Bryant, Stokes, Wilkins, Stoddart, Boxton, Cronin, Turner
Referee: Mr. N. Hopton