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.