Sunday Aug 29, 2010
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The Academy management trio of Dale Belford, Richard Sneekes and Steve Hinks cannot have failed to be anything but impressed with their squad's run out against a Birmingham County FA side at The Lamb on Sunday afternoon, in conditions that even ducks would have shied away from at times.
The application, skill and overall manner in which the young TFC Academy students went about their game reflected superbly on their mentors and they were duly rewarded with a 3-1 friendly victory. The figure of Atherstone Town manager, Belford alongside Dudley Town manager Hinks commanded their side from the dugout and there is obviously no room for show offs of prima-donna's in the dressing room as a simple and strong but effective passing game is the only style of play required, calling for full team participation throughout.
Alando Lewis held off the full back to slide a ball into the perfect position for overlapping fullback Hoshane Gabbidon to cross first time for an arriving Troy Wallen to power home with a header from 12 yards, and although Callum Hemmings conceded a penalty on the half hour mark, the County player could only strike the bar with his spot kick.
Early second half pressure eventually paid off for the visitors on 57 when a shot crept in to level the tie but 13 minutes later the home lead was restored from a freekick thanks to a perfectly placed strike from Tom Busby, 20 yards out and over the wall, which gave the keeper no chance.
Eight minutes later and the game was wrapped up from a corner when the delivery into the box beat the keeper and Eurico Bula headed home from close range.
Busby hit the bar with a similar freekick late on, and although the scoreline shows a healthy victory for the Academy side, they have Wolves keeper Lewis Conor to thank for a number of excellent stops throughout the game, and his replacement towards the end of the second half Jacob Dyche also performed well in the latter stages to ensure the margin of victory was preserved.