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Tamworth FC Academy vs. FC United Academy

Wednesday Oct 20, 2010

To read the match report as The Lambs suffered their 1st defeat of the season please click on the title of the story.

A well prepared pitch, clear sky's, a warming winter and the challenge of one of the best teams in the league awaited The Lambs on Wednesday afternoon.

With 15 minutes to go before kick-off the Academy leading goal scorer Troy Wallen failed a fitness test after reporting a twinge in the warm up. In came Alando Lewis, with a point to prove, looking to establish himself as the number choose for the academy team upfront.

The action started early in the 1st half, with Louis Connor being adjudged to have handled the ball outside of his box. The resulting low cross, come shoot into the box passed everyone by to sail into the far post leaving Connor stranded as he awaited a flick from any number of players between the wall and the goal.

It was only sixty seconds later that Tamworth were level when on 10 minutes Tamworth broke quickly, with Alando Lewis spreading the play out to Michael Bloore playing as a left footed winger on the right. Driving down towards the box, Michael cut in and released a swirling effort beating the keeper at his far post.

Tamworth were unlucky not to take the lead on 14 minutes when Jordan Brown sliced open the visitors defence with a precision ball through to Michael Bloore; who's first time shot hit the outside of the wood work at the keepers near post.

It was an early substitution by FC United due to an injury which changed the game. A ball played over the top was not cleared by a returning from injury Hoshane Gabbidon. Dispossessed by a FC United striker, the resulting cross found the head of the unmarked substitute who arrived late in the box. A superb header directed back across goal gave Louis Connor no chance, and FC United the lead.

The academy lads were to keep the pressure on for the remainder of the 1st half, which chances falling to Jordan Brown, Michael Bloore and Alando Lewis with all three needing to be more clinical in front of goal as the standard increases and they look to impress.

With no changes at half time The Lambs set about trying to get back on level terms. It wasn't long before Danny Hall had a volley cleared by a defender's out-stretched leg as he waited to pounce at the edge of the box on at corners.

The Lambs kept the pressure on and had Jordan Brown denied by the finger tips of the goalkeeper on 75 minutes and Jake Sleet's 89 minute driven shoot hit the side netting on 89 minutes. A number of substitutions by the coaching team were unable to dramatically affect the outcome of the game as it ended 1-2.

The Academy team can take some cancelation in the B Team's 7-0 victory of Telford and the shots on / off target stat for the FC United game which most accurately portrays the overall game.  The visitors had 3 shots, 2 on target and 2 goals; The Lambs had 27 shots, 11 on target and 1 goal.

Without the Academy's clinical goal scorer Troy Wallen the team stepped up to the plate replacing his work-rate, but even Alando Lewis's man of the match performance wasn't enough to find the key to unlocking a resolute defensive action from FC United managed by their 1st team manager.

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