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FT: Canvey Island 1    2 Tamworth

19 November 2005

With five changes to the side that lost to Scarborough last weekend Mark Cooper’s squad took on a somewhat different look in Essex. Cooper opted for a 4-5-1 formation with Adie Smith, Nathan Jackson, Matt Redmile, Mark Gayle (in for an Eddie Anacletinjured Scott Bevan) and debutant Eddie Ancalet – on loan from Southampton - all taking their places in the starting eleven. Bob Taylor returned to take one of the spots on the bench and Michael Touhy found himself also sitting the first half out before replacing Dave Bampton.

A first half strike by Jake Edwards and one in the second half by youngster Nathan Jackson gave The Lambs all three points at Park Lane, Canvey but six yellow cards and one red will not have pleased manager Mark Cooper.

Canvey started brightly and had the first chance on target in just the third minute but Ancalet headed the danger off the line as the sun shone over a cold Park Lane ground.

Jake Edwards turns for goalTamworth then started to show some good movement off the ball and Ancalet released Jake Edwards with a good ball from midfield. Edwards turned his markers on the edge of the box and placed his right foot strike past Danny Potter to give Tamworth the lead.

Joint man of the match Edwards was a constant menace to the home defence and was unlucky not to add more to his tally with a header into the side netting and a flick over the bar.

In between The Lambs chances Mark Gayle, who also produced a man of the match performance, was lucky to stay on the field following a clash with a Canvey striker. Gayle rushed out of his area to clear a ball through but seemed to miss-time his header / clearance with the striker rushing in. The linesman alerted Mr Cann to the tangle of players and after vociferous protests either way by both sets of players and fans Gayle ‘escaped’ with a yellow card.

Just before the half time whistle Edwards spurned a golden opportunity when Ancalet was the provider once again.

The on loan Exeter striker picked the ball up outside the area advanced on goal and rounded the ‘keeper but with the prospect of a brace at his mercy struck the cross bar from six yards out much to his obvious consternation as it seemed almost certain that the Lambs would go two up at the break.

Canvey started the second half in a more positive fashion than they had finished the first and shortly after the break Gayle made the first of a string of fine stops to deny the home side.

However, on 60 minutes good work by Lee Boylan down the right gave Allen Tait a shooting chance and although Gayle got down to the strike the ball squirmed under him and in at the far post despite Graham Ward’s best efforts to hook clear.

But it wasn’t long before Tamworth regained the lead. Five minutes after Canvey’s equaliser Adie Smith played an inch perfect ball through the centre of midfield for Jackson to run onto and he beat the defenders with his pace before striking a low shot past Potter.

The game then descended into an unnecessary card-fest which ultimately saw Tamworth finish with 6 players booked and Aaron Brown sent off.

Aaron Brown leaves the fieldAfter being booked for a foul just minutes earlier, Brown picked the ball up after another challenge had fallen foul to the referee and threw it back up field, past the point of the initial incident. Referee Cann had no choice but to produce his book again against the defender and send him for an early bath for his rash action.

Bob Taylor made his return to the field but it was short lived as a tackle saw him hobble off less than 10 minutes later although he also managed to pick up a yellow card in his short appearance.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Tamworth almost made it three goals in second half stoppage time, but Carl Hegg’s effort from the left struck the base of the far post and Edwards was just inches away from finishing the chance.

The win sees The Lambs move into a much safer spot six places off the base of the table but the bookings picked up will not help Mark Cooper’s selection process in the games to come.


Heggs, Ward, Storer, Smith, Jackson (Taylor 80, Robinson 88)
Redmile, Brown, Bampton (Touhy HT)

Unused: Francis, Turner

tt: 646
Gayle, Smith, Bampton, Brown, Storer, Ancalet, Taylor

Red Cards:
Brown (second yellow)

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