Lambs trot past Wanderers
25 July 2015
The Trotters youngsters got the game underway with Tamworth attacking the Meadow Street end in the first half.
The first real chance of the half came after 13 minute when Thomas pulled the ball back into the box setting Ceberio up perfectly for a side footed finish from 12 yards, but he was leaning back and lifted the ball over the target.
A good move from The Lambs saw Warlow send a left sided cross onto the head of Newton but it went just wide of the far post on 20.
Warlow pulled up and was unable to continue on 27 and was replaced by Ezewele on 28.
Tamworth forced their first corner on the half hour but Durrell fired it from the left too hard and it went out for a throw in by the Cross Street entrance.
Then, a delightful reverse through ball from Clarke to Green split the Wanderers defence on 33 and saw the latter fire low into the far left corner to give The Lambs the lead. (1-0)
A foul on Cuetko on 41 set up the visitors with a freekick from just outside the D but there was no way through for the deadball or the follow up as The Lambs defended strongly before the half time whistle blew.
The second half got under way with only one change as Bolton swapped keepers.
Durrell got his boot onto a long throw from Tomassen and drove it goalward but it didn’t test the Stade De Reims keeper Bastien.
A foul on Durrell on allowed the same player to try a freekick from 30 yards and although his effort came back off the wall The Lambs regained possession and he finished the move via a ball from Clarke to double the advantage with a low shot from the right of the six yard box. (2-0, 64 mins)
A looping header from Dyer brought a ‘for the cameras’ save from Bastien on 70 and Belshaw pushed a rising shot over the bar on 74.
A lot of changes on the Lambs side made the team take on a different look for the final 15 minutes and they extended the scoreline further when Paratore crossed for Hubbins to head back goalward on 87 and it came off Dyer and rolled over the line to make it 3-0 at the end.
After the game Lambs boss Andy Morrell was ful of praise for both teams.
'It was a good workout for both teams and exactly what we needed. We kept our shape and grew through the match and looked a threat going forwards. It is another step forward and another building block as we go into two more games next week.
I'm torn between playing a team in readiness for August 08 and looking at the trialists too but these next two games will give us the opportunity to give players perhaps 90 minutes; the likes of (Robbie) Paratore and (Luke) Hubbins all have a great attitude but unfortunately we can't take everyone.
Elliott Durrell is a bright and confident lad and can cause problems while Paul Green is key to us and he can play in most positions but it was great for him to get a goal. And to see how Shane Clarke is getting involved is encouraging.
I'm also very pleased for Ross Dyer as we've asked him to be ready to score in any way he can and he didn't give up right to the end and it paid off for him.
Owain Warlow's not played properly for a season and so is on a steep curve back to fitness ad he is looking good so we're hoping his injury is just tightening up of the muscles and isn't too bad as it could leave us with no recognised left back.'
Belshaw, Burns (Moulton-Brown 69), Warlow (Ezewele 28), Tommassen (Millard 76), Preston (Selway 69), Smith (Hubbins 61), Durrell (Taylor 76), Clarke (Paratore 82), Dyer, Newton (Davies 76), Green (Wilkins 76)
Subs: Gill, Morrell
Bolton Wanderers Team:
Campbell (Bastien HT), Maher (Perry 73), Kellett, White (Spooner 61), Holding, Lussey, Cuetko, Garratt, Newell, Ceberio (Palmer 76), Thomas
Subs: all used
Man of the Match: Mr. B. Cooke