Wright penalty saved as lambs draw a blank - report to follow
15 July 2009Prior to kick off Lambs boss Gary Mills invited those Lambs fans who had made the journey to the game into the dressing room where he thanked them for coming to support the team and the squad gave everyone a big round of applause before the fans returned to the terraces and the team got ready for the match. Gary's message was "we are all in this together" and urged everyone to work as one big team through the coming season.
'The gaffer' made a number of changes to the side that had faced Derry U18s although everyone got a run out during the match which saw Tamworth dominate in patches but struggle to put the ball into the net.
The best chance of the first half came via Pritchard who headed a Shaw centre over the bar when well placed while Nicholson and Wright did a lot of running both on and off the ball but found their path blocked by hard working 'stute defenders or unable to latch onto through balls.
The introduction of some substitutes about 15 minutes into the second half saw The Lambs start to create more chances.
McKenzie hit the bar with a 25 yard free kick and the chance was cleared.
Wright sent a good ball in from the right wing shortly after but Rodman put his close range shot over the bar and then Wylde was brought down in the area allowing Wright to take a strike at goal from the penalty spot.
Unfortunately for Wrighty he couldn't add to his three goals in two game tally as the home (sub) keeper guessed the direction of his spot kick correctly and pushed the ball away to safety at full stretch.
So, the game ended goalless and the team building 'tour' came to an end having served it's purpose well of creating a great team spirit in the camp which spilled out onto the Northern Ireland terraces and will hopefully be continued back at The Lamb when Cardiff City visit on Saturday.
p.s. There were some goals during the evening and they came at half time when a number of Lambs fans donated £10 each towards the Institute 'buy a brick' ground appeal to take penalties against Dale Belford. Dale faced ten penalties but was only beaten three times - twice by Henry Farrington and once by Andy Kesterton - a gesture which the home faithful roundly applauded.
Alcock, Tait*, Blackwood*, Smith, Wylde*, Shaw*, Wright, Sheridan, Nicholson*, Rodman, Pritchard*
Subs (all used, * replaced): Apps, Briscoe, Hurren, McKenzie, Lyttle, Mills
Institute FC Team:
Ryan, Wray, Divan, McLachlan, Scoltok, McLain, Friel, Boyle, Seydak, Brown, Friars
(Subs not known)