Tamworth  v  West Bromwich Albion

Wed 14 Jul - 19:45 Pre Season Friendly

Tamworth

Tamworth

3-1

West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Match Report

The Lambs second pre-season friendly saw The Baggies at The CR MOT Community Stadium 24 hours later than planned due to a 1st team friendly for the visitors taking precedence for the new West Brom boss, Valerian Ismael.

The visitors got the game underway with The Lambs attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half.
The largely Under 23 side moved the ball around quickly and gave the Lambs side a good test.
A long ball forwards saw Walters force a corner on 6 and the whipped in flagkick was met by the head of Creaney who opened the scoring (1-0, 6 mins)
The Lambs doubled their lead on 8 when a ball in from Walters was met by Waite and he followed up his rebounded shot off the Baggies keeper to net at close range (2-0, 8 mins)
Walters got his rewards on 11 making headway through the West Brom back line before rifling home past the keeper into the far corner to make it 3-0 (3-0, 11 mins)
Thomas rolled a shot past the far post on 13 after good build up play down the middle of the park as strength showed to be more important than age in the early exchanges.
A Lambs freekick on the right on 20 from Beswick was pushed over the bar from underneath it, and Beswick’s corner nearly found it’s way into the net but Cann was able to pluck it out of the air off goalbound deflection.
Following a break for drinks, West Brom were awarded a freekick when Beswick clashed with Richards on the half hour and Andrews’ freekick was eventually headed wide by the Morton.
Malcolm headed wide of the mark a minute later off a right sided cross from Williams, and Wangusi tried his luck from distance on 37 but his shot lacked power and direction and failed to trouble Singh.
Andrews picked up a knock in a 50/50 tackle on the half way line on 40 and this resulted in an extended break in play before the referee got things back underway with a drop ball.
As the half drew to a close, the Baggies headed over the target, while The Lambs pushed forward but Forde’s final ball was cut out by the defence and the Lambs went into the changing rooms with the upper hand.

HT 3-0

Tamworth got the second half underway, with the visitors having made two changes during the interval.
There was a change at right back when Hart was replaced by Yeomans following a tackle on 53 and on 58 the visitors pulled one back via a sweet strike from Malcolm from the edge of the area after a strong run to find space. (3-1, 58 mins)
A diagonal ball from Morton found Williams on 59 and his shot struck the bar but the flag chalked off the effort and The Lambs defence held strong to deny a cutting move through the box on the hour.
Bastos replaced Walters on 62 with trialist replacing Creaney a minute later, and the floodlights came on for the first time for a first team fixture a minute later!
Morton struck a low shot which Singh dealt with at his right hand post easily on 68.
Trialist and Soleman replaced Waite and Thomas on 68 and Singh came off for a trialist keeper on 73.
On 76 Brogan and Mancinelli replaced Beswick and Forde and Cox headed over from a corner.
The Lambs keeper pulled off a strong save from a Baggies attack on 78 while Yeomans crossed onto the head of trialist 16 on 79 and his looping header tested Cann’s ability to catch at height.
The visitors continued to make occasional changes with trialist players off the bench and the game became a little disjointed and more open but the speed and intention did not lessen as the minutes passed.
Cox threw himself into the path of a shot from Ashworth on 86 and the pace didn’t let up as the final whistle drew near with West Brom doing a larger share of the attacking before the final whistle blew.

Tamworth
​Singh, Hart, Wilder, Beswick, Pendley, Cox, Walters, Forde, Creaney, Thomas, Waite
Subs: Yeomans, Soleman, Bastos, Brogan, Mancinelli + 3 trialists

West Bromwich Albion:
Cann, Williams, Ashworth, trialist, Delaney, Chidi, Malcolm, Wangusi, Morton, Andrews, Richards
Subs: (all named as trialists)

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