Wednesday Apr 2, 2014
In the second installment of Colin Stoner's interview with Lambs boss Dale Belford he praises young striker Richard Peniket for starting to silence his critics. Peniket was man of the match in Saturday’s goalless draw against Lincoln City.
After Matt Barnes-Homer was recalled after his loan from Cambridge United, boss Belford opted to shuffle his formation and play Peniket as a lone attacking spearhead. The former Fulham striker, who celebrated her 21st birthday last month, proved a real handful to the Lincoln backline.
A forceful penalty claim after Peniket was tugged back by Imps defender Luke Foster was ignored while the striker fired a point-blank header at keeper Nick Townsend.
“Richard Peniket was absolutely brilliant, he has been unbelievable,” said manager Belford. “He has had a certain amount of flak here and there from one or two sections of fans. But he has got eight goals. He is a young lad learning his trade, as a lot of the players are.
“We made a brave decision in playing Richard as a lone striker because we felt it was the way we wanted to go and get something from the game.”
Belford felt they deserved more than the point they ended with against the Imps, but it halted a run of five defeats in a row and the Lambs manager saluted his young side.
“The average age of the team against Lincoln was 21 - it would have been 15 if Gavin Mahon hadn’t been in the team,” said Belford.
“The average age of the back four was 19 - we’ve got a young team. But in terms of effort and commitment, I couldn’t ask for any more.”