Lambs tie up away win against Knitters
14 July 2015Goals from Elliot Durrell (24 mins), Danny Newton (49 mins) and Ged Davies (86 mins) saw Andy Morrell's side victorious at Hinckley's shared Heather St. John's ground.
Tamworth suffered an early blow when Leon Mettam pulled up after just 4 minutes when chasing a ball down into the corner and he had to be helped off the field by the Lambs and Knitters physios. It seems that a hamstring pull may rule him out for the forseeable future and the striker was quite obviously frustrated by the incident.
He was replaced by Durrell who went on to have a very good game alongside his new team mates as Tamworth enjoyed the majority of the play.
And it was Durrell that opened the scoring midway through the half, chipping the ball over the home keeper into the far corner at the second attempt although there were complaints to the officials from the home side that the throw in that started the move on the right should have been called back and retaken.
After the break Danny Newton quickly netted with a crunching header from six yards out which left the home defender needing treatment and he then struck the bar with a rasping shot.
At the other end James Belshaw tipped an effort over the bar and Newton was then denied by the keeper's outsretched boot.
Davies battled to get he ball back to Durrell on 62 but the final shot was off target and a great touch from Newton saw him advance from the half way line only to be thwarted by the keeper who pushed his low shot round the post.
A Davies freekick 10 minutes from time was tipped over by the Hinckley custodian but the same player was successful on 86 with a low finish from the left of the box into the far corner.
After the game, Morrell said 'Heather caused us some problem and we learn a lot from these games. The opposition are out to win and it was a different experience to Saturday and everyone with the exception of Leon (Mettam) came through with more minutes under their belt and we'll be looking at ironing out some of the issues.
'Mettam's injury is the big downside to the game and it's bad luck for him. It seems his hamstring has gone.
'We have three strikers who look lively upfront and each of them gives us something different.'
'Ged (Davies) is a really bright talent working from midfield. He glides as he moves around and has a great attitude and we will work with him to help improve his game. Luke (Hubbins) is another player looking lively and we will be working with him while he is here on trial.
On Saturday Morrell's former club Wrexham come to The Lamb under the guidance of ex-Lambs boss Gary Mills with a couple of former Lambs players in the squad too.
'I know Millsy and am really looking forward to seeing old faces in the team, and especially in the back room staff and in the crowd.
I hope that the fans will come in numbers and create a good atmosphere although I am not sure if I'll actually play!'
First Half: Gill, Burns, Warlow, Tomassen, Preston, Smith, Taylor, Clarke, Dyer, Mettam (Durrell 6), Lewis
Second Half: Belshaw, Tomassen, Preston (Selway 71), Dyer (Hubbins 62), Moulton, Millard, Durrell, Green, Davies, Paratore, Newton.
Hinckley FC Team:
Hatropp, Newton, Smith, Kalender, Jephcott, Johnson, Rpberts, Walker, Ebanks, Adaggio, Richards
Subs: Basham, Lewars, Nisbett, Snape, Jepson, Wright, Rushton
Referee: Mr. A. Parker