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Waders hand Lambs a rare defeat

FT: Biggleswade Town 2    1 Tamworth

12 October 2019

On Non League Day 2019, The Waders inflicted Tamworth’s first league defeat since 26 August last weekend and after their midweek heroics in the FA Cup, Tamworth could be forgiven for still feeling the aftereffects of 210 minutes of energy draining football against Hereford.

But with their Langdon Road hosts close on their heels in the league The Lambs were given a 3rd minute shock when Joseph White slotted home from 6 yards after the Waders found the Lambs defence wanting in the box and the stocky striker had a relatively free strike at goal from a cut back from the by-line and made no mistake. (0-1, 03 mins)
If truth be told, neither side were really ripping up the moist turf and so when Tamworth got back into the game on the half hour it was a fair reflection on the balance of the first third of the game.
After a period of pressing play in the Biggleswade half the ball eventually fell to the edge of the area and although not striking the ball as cleanly as he had wished, Bilal Yafai’s effort whilst slipping over took a grateful deflection off a defender to put it past Samuel Donkin in the home goal and into the bottom corner. (1-1, 29 mins)
Towards the end of the first half Jas Singh tipped a looping goalbound effort from Town captain Gradi Milenge over the bar but it was as close as either side got.

HT: Biggleswade Town 1    1 Tamworth

After the restart Dan Creaney and Ahmed Obeng got shots away at Donkin but it was nothing the keeper was too bothered about and as the hour mark came into view a cross from the right came down off the bar, and White appeared to handle the ball it on the line before turning it home off the ground for what proved to be the winner. (1-2, 59 mins)
After initially appearing to point for the infringement referee Bloxham consulted with his assistant on the far side and it was decided that the ball had cross the line before any alleged foul had occurred.
The Tamworth players, and Singh in particular did not agree to differ but the goal stood and it left The Lambs searching for another way back into the game.
By this time there were lots of heavy legs on the field but the introduction of Greg Kaziboni, Tyrell Waite and Aaron Forde could not force a goal or a point.
The late sending off of Devante Stanley after some obvious time wasting earned his a second booking is notable only for the statisticians, who will also realise that Biggleswade moved into 6th place which is where they finished last season, with Tamworth now sat one place behind them ahead of Tuesday’s tie with Rushden and Diamonds.
It also should be remembered that eleven months previously a gloriously dismal defeat at Langdon Road under Dennis Greene ended his tenure in charge and heralded the new dawn of Gary Smith and Andrew Danylyzsyn who, with the able assistance of Thomas Baillie have quite literally, turned a sad Lambs frown into a beaming smile and so defeat on the same pitch, although disappointing, needs to be seen in the context in which it came.
We have seen how Tamworth now react to disappointments and should expect nothing less as the new season continues.

Tamworth Team:

Singh, Cox, Gough (Forde 81), Beswick (c.) Magunda, Rowe-Turner, Obeng (Kaziboni 75), Fry (Waite 70), Creaney, Yafai Hoenes
Subs: Wilder, Frances

YC: Cox 61

Biggleswade Town Team:

Donkin, Stanley, Perry, Miles, Smith, Milenge, Lucien, Sambou, White (Richardson 90), Ball, Marsh-Brown (Bush 78)
Subs: Allinson, Soares-Junior, James-Thompson

YC: Sambou 32
RC: Stanley (YC 28 + YC 90+3)

Attendance: 260

Referee: Mr. J. Bloxham

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