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U21 Update

Friday Nov 16, 2018

 Kettering trip tomorrow!


 Our U21 side have a long trip to Northamptonshire tomorrow morning, the first in a series of away fixtures -

 Last time out, we progressed into the next round of the Birmingham Saturday Amateur Cup with a hard-fought win against Halesowen Town at the Lamb.

 The Lambs won on penalties after goals from Akwasi Asante and Kyle Ambris were cancelled out by the visitors, leaving the score at 2-2 at full-time.

 Tamworth started the game brightly playing some neat, controlled football and creating a number of chances after some brilliant play in the channels from Jayden Thorne and Junior Mpofu.

 But it was Halesowen who took the lead against the run of play after 20 minutes. The visitor’s midfielder surged forward unopposed and find the back of the net with a drive from long range. Tamworth threatened to hit back immediately but Mpfou’s shot was well blocked by the keeper.

 Five minutes after the away side went in front, the Lambs responded with a goal of their own. Captain Stefan Mason pushed forward with the ball, threading a superb, defence-splitting pass through to Kyle Ambris who turned a defender and rifled a shot beyond the Halesowen keeper to level the scores.

 And just a minute later, Asante fired the Lambs in front, getting on the end of an intelligent, inch-perfect pass from Callum Devlin.

 Halesowen came out firing after the break and looked determined not to let the tie slip away from them. Tamworth were pinned back in their own half for most of the second period but defended resolutely to deny Halesowen any clear-cut chances, Lewis Kelly the lynchpin for the back line. Keeper Corey Samuels was also playing his part in between the posts, pulling off two brilliant saves to further deny the visitors onslaught.

 Sadly, for the Lambs, the visitors forced a shootout when they finally found a way past the resilient Lambs back four, equalising in the 91st minute of normal time.

 Tamworth won the shootout, Mason, Kelly, Asante and Thorne all converting their spot kicks for the Lambs. Halesowen were denied again by Corey Samuels and also the bar. The home side eventually winning the shootout 4-3.

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