Lambs make Potters reel with polished performance
27 July 2013Dale today welcomed the visit of what was thought to be were Stoke City U21s, but at late notice found out that their Under 21s were away at Northampton, and the Under 18s were to play The Lambs instead.
Tamworth got the game underway heading towards the away end in the first half, and created all the early pressure, forcing an
early corner. On 7 minutes, there was some good link up play between Jake Jones and Richard Peniket down the left hand side, playing through Richards to fire just wide of the far post. Moments later, Richards found himself in a similar position after turning his marker, and forced a good save from Dale Eve the Stoke keeper. The pressure continued on 14 with Courtney launching a long throw towards goal, which was only half cleared for Jones' shot to be deflected narrowly wide.
The pressure told as Richards held the ball up well and teed up Jones to play a delightful through ball for Peniket to add his first goal of the day, sliding the ball past Eve after 17 minutes (1-0). 4 minutes later, Tamworth added a second after a long throw in this time from Capaldi was cleared away to 25 yards out, and Jack Evans unleashed a drive that flew pastthe Stoke keeper into the bottom left corner of the goal (2-0).
On 26, Jones picked the ball up from his wing on the halfway line, and darting through two men looked likely to score until a last minute good tackle from Sanders prevented him from doing so. Another long ball undid the Stoke defence after 30 minutes, but Eve made another quality save to prevent a third goal from Richards. Eckersley and Richards-Everton were brought on for Regan and Rose after 30 and 35 minutes, with the latter almost getting on the score sheet instantly, but for a clearance off the line from a Capaldi corner. The Lambs domination told again, after slick passing down the left wing, the ball was switched to Courtney to feed Peniket from 6 yards out with his fourth goal in two games from a curling cross (3-0). The last 5 mins ended uneventfully, with
Stoke climbing their way back into the game, as the referee blew the halftime whistle.
The Lambs came out unchanged but Stoke made 2 changes as they tried to find a way back into the game. But on 48 Tamworth added a fourth when a corner was headed down into the box, and after a scramble Tom Eckersley prodded home from close range
to score his second in as many weekends (4-0). 5 minutes later, Jones again played another cutting through ball to play Peniket in, but his lobbed attempt was comfortably saved by Eve.
Evans probed for a fifth when his corner was headed again just over the bar by Richards-Everton, in a similar move to one in
the first half. Belford after 63 minutes became provider when his goal kick was flicked on by Richards and Baker won a free kick 25 yards out. He stepped up to curl the ball over the wall and onto the post, ricocheting into the net off the keeper (5-0). Dale made wholesale change after 70 minutes with 7 players coming on, leaving Gudger the only player to have played the full match. Just after this, Byfield slotted Kerry through, who hit his shot just over from the edge of the box, that was given as a goal kick to the amazement of the crowd. From the resultant kick, Ebanks picked up the ball and had his shot from 20 yards hit the post when the keeper was stranded. Ebanks again had another shot on 84, which was saved well down to the keepers left, and from the resultant corner Eckersley flicked the ball from the front post just over the bar. Stoke had one last attack, but couldn't find a way through, before the final whistle was blew on a convincing victory.
Report by Conor Stroud
Belford (Veiga 70), Evans (Todd 60), Gudger, Rose (Eckersley 35), Regan
(Richards-Everton 30), Courtney (Harris 70), Capaldi (Byfield 70), Baker (Kerry
70), Richards (Ebanks 70), Peniket (S.Hendrie 70), Jones (Woolery 57)
Sub not used: James
Stoke City U21 Team:
Stoke City Xl
Eve, Cook, Taylor, Edwards (Shenton 45), Sanders, Hulme, Shields, Richards (Weston-Hayles
85), Hopkinson (Douglas 45), Makrillos, Lecygnue
Subs not used: Coban, Kurasic, Roberts
Referee: Mr Simon Barrow (Tamworth)