Lambs cant call The Shots
12 July 2011
A new season, a new manager and a host of new players welcomed Aldershot Town to The Lamb for the first of two (currently) home pre-season friendlies against league opposition, although there were plenty of local away ones too.
Marcus Law returned to fielding the ‘first team' as he had at Leamington while Dean Holdsworth fielded a number of un-named trialists in his 22 man squad that would see two complete teams compete and it included a welcome return to Tamworth to ex-Lamb Alex Rodman after his move to The Shots in 2010-11.
Tamworth kicked off towards the Castle End in a 4-3-3 formation - 1; 3,5,4,2;8,6,7; 9,11,10 - and kept The Shot's in their own half, winning a couple of early corners which were headed away.
Aldershot got one of their own on 5 and The Lambs were forced to clear through Francis.
A tame penalty appeal was waved away after a period of pressure by the visitors while at the other end Dan Bradley put a low ball into the box but the keeper was equal to it.
As the quarter of an hour mark passed, Hedge was required to gather a loose ball from an attempted Rodman cross but there was little for him to do.
Then Bradley sent a fine ball over the Aldershot back four for Shariff to run onto and Worner was forced out of his area to clear the danger.
Then, a Lambs corner was pushed out and a foul on Shariff on the edge of the area set up Jay Smith to fire a low shot into the left hand corner of the net (1-0, 21 mins)
Bradley looked for St. Aimee with a peach of a cross from the right and then Rodman almost ended a good move at the Meadow Street End but was put off his stride by a timely tackle from Tait.
Rodders was replaced on the half hour as Holdsworth used the game to look at potential new players as well. His replacement was unnamed on the team sheet but forced Hedge into a good save on 33.
There was a prolonged stoppage in play as captain Courtney received treatment on, then off, the field but came back on and took his position back up in the centre of defence.
Shariff fired just wide of the mark on 43 from the edge of the box and the first half whistle blew on an encouraging first half performance from The Lambs.
Aldershot equalised in the 48th minute when no. 25 headed home a right wing cross from Mekki. (1-1, 48 mins) and the same player netter his second seven minutes later (1-2, 55 mins)
A powerful shot from St Aimie brought a save from Worner on the hour but Shariff was unable to direct the rebound towards goal.
Law used all his subs, other than the keeper, by the 63rd minute and it gave The Lambs some more options and ideas going forward.
A flick through from Barrow was met by Bradley who was, in turn, upended on 72 but Cain's freekick was too long for Roper and when the ball came out for Reynolds his low shot from 25 yards was deflected by the keeper onto the far post and back into play before being cleared.
On 79 Panther crashed a right footed shot against the base of the right hand upright then, ten minutes from time another clash occurred when Collins was accidentally taken out by his team mate Bergquist and had to be helped from the field and substituted.
Then, with seconds ticking away a poor pass from Liam Francis allowed Mekki to burst into the box and Hedge was adjudged to have brought him down allowing Vincenti to fire home from the spot (1-3, 90 mins).
Jonathon Hedge, Richard Tait (Ashley Cain 55), Samuel Habergham (Ian Roper 63), Duane Courtney (Liam Francis 55), Francino Francis (Connor Gudger 63), Jay Smith (Scott Barrow HT), Daniel Bradley, Liam Macdonald, Kieron St. Aimee, Nabil Shariff (Iyseden Christie 63), Danny Thomas (Callum Reynolds HT)
Subs: Sam Andrew (GK)
Aldershot Town Team:
‘Squad' as named on the teamsheet:
Starting XI Worner, Briemer, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Vincenti, Bubb, Rankine, Rodman
'Subs' Clements, Worjfold, Collins, Bergquist, Trialist, Panther, Connolly, Trialist, Mekki, Trialist.
Man of the Match: Dan Bradley
Referee: Mr. S. Barrow