Lambsb show Dunkirk spirit
12 July 2008
Gary Mills took the first team squad and 3 trailist to Champenys Springs (near Ashby) on Saturday for a behind closed doors game against Nottingham based Dunkirk.
Played on a pitch that usually hosts England training get togethers and the likes of Man United and Chelsea, the surface was perfect, like a bowling green.
Tamworth started very brightly, playing some good passing football. Trialist Callum Burgess settled in at right back very quickly with Graeme Law in the other full back position and Tamworth were getting the full backs overlapping on a regular basis.
The Lambs took the lead through Cameron Jones, who unleashed a blockbuster into the top left hand corner from 20 yards, this followed good work down the left hand side, with swift passing. (1-0)
Tamworth made it two after Bradley Pritchard was fouled in the box, and Gareth Sheldon duly smashed the ball into the roof of the net from the spot (2-0).
On the stroke of half time though a cross from Dunkirk got caught in the wind and dropped into Ransome's goal with the keeper helpless to do anything about it (2-1).
The second half saw Tamworth make 5 changes, this made little difference to the flow of the game, with some good possession play.
Around the hour mark Dunkirk came more into the game and caused Tamworth a few problems. Dunkirk won a free kick on the edge of the Lambs area, and a well struck shot found its way into the goal. (2-2)
Tamworth then upped the pace, with Foster being busy in the middle of the park, and Rodman causing Dunkirk problems. Tamworth regained the lead following a spell of attacking play that saw Wright and Rodman go close, and then after a tricky run and low cross from Rodman, Luke Edwards bravely attacked the ball forcing in into the Dunkirk net (3-2). Edwards picked up a slight knock from this, but club phyiso Chris Leary says he will be fine to travel to Ireland on Monday morning with the squad.
The game was wrapped up around the 83 minute when trailist Stuart Hendrie played some neat stuff around the Dunkirk defence, before rounding their keeper and putting the ball into the empty net. (4-2)
Manager Mills, was happy with the performance and thanked Dunkirk for the fixture, "There were some pleasing things there today, I have seen things today and against Gresley that showed me I have some good footballers
"We still have a lot of work to do, but I'm very happy at present at the progress we are making", Mills continued, "We have a lot of fixtures between now and August 9, and we are looking to use these games to bed in not only the players, but also the passing game that we want to play."
The next game takes place on Tuesday when Tamworth visit Institute FC who are based in Derry, Northern Ireland, a fixture the players (and fans) are really looking forward to. The four day trip will see Mills utilising the time with the squad to the full with training sessions twice a day.
The Lambs then return to the Lamb for their first home fixture of the pre season campaign with the visit of newly formed club FC Halifax Town. It is hoped that Tamworth FC and The Tamworth Herald will be running a promotion that will mean even cheaper entrance to the fixture, so watch this space, and make sure you get your copy of the Herald this Thursday.