Good signs from first run out
13 July 2010
Lambs boss Gary Mills put out two sets of out-field players in The Lambs first friendly of the 2010-11 pre-season in an enjoyable game at The New Windmill Ground that saw a continuation of the intention to play a neat and sharp passing game if at all possible.
Early chances in the first half came primarily from the right wing via the nippy Seb Lake-Gaskin who set up Kyle Perry for a thumping shot at goal after just four minutes which the home keeper did well to parry away.
A quarter of an hour in Richard Tait, sporting a new platinum blonde hair style crossed for Danny Thomas but once again the Leamington keeper was not going to be beaten.
The Brakes countrered but found the going hard in the final third, although Tamworth did have to scramble a header off the line on the half hour mark.
Mark Dudley fed Claus Jorgensen from the left wing on 35 but his shot went over the bar and a few minutes later the same pair linked again via a Kyle Perry header but Jorgensen's header was easily saved by the keeper.
Dudley was involved in the next move too, which saw Tait slide in and direct the ball towards goal but while the Leamington keeper was not troubled, he was unable to do anything about the opening goal of the game just before half time when Danny Thomas cut the ball back from the left by-line. Perry stepped over the ball and allowed Jorgensen to smash home the chance from 20 yards. (1-0, HT)
An almost complete set of fresh legs in the second half was rewarded with a goal on 48 via a Jamies Reid right footed half volley from 20 yards which the sub home keeper allowed to slip through his fingers at head height. (2-0)
Leamington should have pulled a goal back shortly after but the home forward squandered an excellent chance 8 yards out and with the goal at his mercy directed his shot inches wide of the right hand post.
It was 3-0 on 55 when Aaron Farrell skipped onto a great through ball to slot home but the clean sheet was spoiled a few minutes from time when the referee spotted some shirt pulling in the box allowing Leamington to score from the spot and with the last kick off the game 3-1 became 3-2 thanks to a far post header after Tamworth failed to deal with a high ball in the box.
Next up is a trip to Butlin Road, home of Rugby Town on Saturday, 16 July, kick off 3pm.
1st half: 4-5-1
Tait, Mitchell, Wylde, Dudley
Lake-Gaskin, MacKenzie, J. Smith, Jorgensen, Danny Thomas
2nd Half: 4-4-2
Fabrice Kasiama, Marshall, Lyttle, Jamiel Wilson
James Reid, Daniel Bradley, Jorgensen (Shilo Thomas 55), Ben Fairclough
Aaron Farrell, Nick Wright