Tuesday Oct 25, 2011
The Lambs Youth squad bowed out of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night, and despite the 7-0 reversal at the hands of Chesterfield their trip to the B2Net Stadium was one to remember as Dale Belford's side gave a good account of themselves.
With a tempestuous storm rumbling over Derbyshire and under the shadow of the twisted spire the young side arrived and warmed up on the lush green pitch at one of the newest Stadia in the country and while the rain drenched playing surface did little to help grip beneath player's feet both teams coped well enough in the opening exchanges.
As the storm and lightening bursts petered out the home side took the lead on 14 through Wall's close range finish past Taylor in the Lambs goal and while the young Spireites looked the more likely to score again, Tamworth did forge a couple of chances of their own wtih Lissa, Kirchoff Sleet and Shearer all finding themselves in good positions but unable to test the home keeper.
On 29 it was 2-0 to Chesterfield as Wafula prodded home past Taylor from a right sided cross and he double his tally a minute later touching the ball into the net from a telling cross on the other side of the pitch.
Tamworth made bright start to the second period but seven minutes in Wall bagged his brace with a powerful finish to make it 4-0 to the home side.
To their credit the Lambs continued to work hard and look for an opening with subsitutes Clayton, Bloore and James all adding to the push for what would now be a consolation goal, but as the match entered the final 10 minutes McKenzie did what he had been threateneing all night and hit a well taken hat-trick as well as striking the wood work twice to give the scoreline a rather top heavy feel that, although deserved, shouldn't be taken too much to heart by the Tamworth side who had found themselves up against quality opposition.
Tamworth: Taylor, Wilcock, Meer, Wright, White, Taylor, Sharer, Lissa, Healy, Degville, Kirchoff-Sleet
Subs: Clayton, Parkes, Bloore, James, Jones
For more photos from the B2Net see this Saturday's first team programme (v Kings Lynn in the FA Cup)