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It's back to the Lamb (Date and kick off To be confirmed)

FT: Stoke City 0    0 Tamworth

07 January 2006

Saturday January 7th 2006 is a date that will be remembered by Tamworth fans for years to come as no matter what the result their 3rd Round FA Cup tie against Stoke City it is a momentous achievement for the part time Lambs. Mid table Championship side Stoke City, whose manager 1978 Dutch World Cup star manager Johan Boskamp had already voiced his discomfort regarding his future at the Britannia Stadium, were without star striker Sam Bangoura but obvious favourites to progress.

Mark Cooper gave a debut to new signing Nick Wright from Blues who came in for the cup tied Scott Rickards in the only change to the side that drew with Burton.

Tamworth gave themselves an early scare on 6 minutes when Scott Bevan spilled Karl Henry’s high cross, but the Lambs cleared the danger. The ball then broke for Cooper’s men straight away, but the referee gave nothing when Nick Wright appeared to be dragged back following a through ball from Edwards.

The first real shot of the game came on 16 when Darrel Russell found space but shot high over Bevan’s bar.

Stoke forced four corners halfway through the first period, but the Lambs defence and the fists of Scott Bevan cleared the danger each time.

Stoke did look the more accomplished side but did not set the game alight at all while Tamworth understandably did not want to get stretched at the back and sat tight defended strongly and waited as they had done previously at Bournemouth and Hartlepool.

Paul Gallagher forced a good save out of Bevan on 33. After finding space in the box he switched onto his left foot and curled his effort at Bevan which the former MK Dons ‘keeper palmed away easily.

Eddie Anaclet launched an effort at Simonsen on 34 after good build up play from midfield but the strike was easy for the home ‘keeper.

Smart passing and a well worked build up by Stoke almost produced an opener for Russell but his well struck shot from 15 yards dipped agonisingly over Bevan’s bar on 40.

A good show by Tamworth meant a half time score of 0-0.

Tamworth continued to win the battle in the second half, hampering any real forays forward by the home side and actually began to grow in confidence coming forward themselves. While the first half was all about holding the home side and frustrating Mark Cooper’s men visibly grew at the start of the second half and without being silly about it took the game a little more to Stoke. There were still the odd little things to be worried about but generally The Lambs continued to do exceptionally well.

Stoke once again forced a succession of corners which Tamworth coped with admirably and even managed a Matt Redmile header on target as the half went on.

Chance of the game so far came on 66 minute when Jimmy Turner and Adie Smith tangled going for the same ball which allowed Mamdy Sidibe a one on one chance against Bevan but as the tall striker advanced Bevan made sure he was big enough and blocked the shot well to deny.

Sidibe then claimed a push in the box but the penalty shout was waved away by referee Taylor and Chadwick tried a pot shot from long range as still Tamworth looked unphased by their hosts.

Bevan produced another fantastic save on 82 minutes from Russell’s right footed drive tipping the ball round the base of his right hand upright for another Stoke corner.

Eddie Anaclet almost bagged a surprise Tamworth winner on 88 taking the ball wide and cutting a shot back across the face of goal, but there was no one to finish the effort and the ball curled out of danger.

And with time running out Jake Edwards almost sealed a fantastic team display with a superb victory but didn't manage to unleash a shot before the Stoke defence nipped the ball off his feet.

Wright (Storer 64), Edwards
Anaclet, Melton, Bampton (Cooper 83), Ward
Turner, Smith, Redmile, Touhy

Subs: Stamps, Heggs, Gayle

Stoke City
Gallagher (Siggurdson 76), Sidibe
Kopteff (Sweeney 54), Russell, Broomes, Chadwick (Harper 78)
Buxton, Hoefkens, Perkins, Henry

Unused: De Goey, Junior

Yellow Cards: Bampton (53), Henry (75), Simonsen (90)

Red Cards: none

Att: 9366

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