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Pegg Becomes Youngest-Ever Lamb

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There were many highlights in Tamworth`s 4-1 home victory against Alfreton Town in the Vanarama National League North on Easter Monday.

However, there was a particularly special moment for all connected with the Lambs` academy set up, as current under-16 squad member Chandler Pegg made his first-team debut at 16 years and 2 days old – becoming the youngest first-team player in Lambs history.

Pegg, who is a current year 11 student at Landau Forte Academy, was also an unused substitute on his 16th birthday away against Bradford Park Avenue.

Manager Andy Morrell said: “He has been absolutely terrific. All the lads were like `who is this character?’ and a few weeks later they found out he was 15 turning 16 and they couldn’t believe it. He has a good stature about him, a good attitude and he has taken it all in his stride.”

Morrell continued: “I bet he was nervous going on against Alfreton but it will have done him the world of good and it’s great for us. I know there’s nothing on the game but we have to be brave enough to give them a go and see. He has every chance if he keeps his feet on the ground. He has something.”

The game was the thirtieth consecutive first-team fixture where a youth product featured in the squad, as Pegg was joined by ex-under-21 player Dan Jezeph who started.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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