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Jackson leads Diamonds to victory

FT: Tamworth 1    4 AFC Rushden and Diamonds

12 September 2006

On the back of the win against Kidderminster, Lambs boss Mark Cooper fielded an unchanged eleven for the visit of ex-league side Rushden and Diamonds.
On the bench Dave Bampton, Jon Stevenson and Steve Burton took their places as they get back to full fitness alongside Alan Nielson who returned from suspension and new signing Joe Kendrick who came on in the win at Aggborough on Saturday.

There was a minutes silence before the game kicked off in memory of Hinckley player Matt Gadsby who tried in tragic circumstances whilst playing for his club at Harrogate at the weekend.

Michael Rankine almost got the visitors off to a flying start but Sean Bowles tipped his shot over the bar for a corner in the 2nd minute.
Rushden looked sharp and quick, but Tamworth were not easily phased – more than matching their opponents while tracking back in numbers when required and also putting in some hard tackles but Simeon Jackson opened the scoring on 12 minutes. Glen Wilson found space on the right and squared for Jackson who turned and fired low into the far corner. (0-1)
Graham Deakin tried to get the Lambs back in to the game on 19 minutes but shot wide from 15 yards after good play from Gavin McAllum out of midfield.
A good move from
Tamworth with a ball from McAllum on the left, finding Taiwo Atieno’s head would surely have been finished by Matt Williams, but the Lambs forward ha strayed a yard offside and was denied a chance of scoring by the linesman’s flag.
More positive play by the home side troubled home ‘keeper Nicky Eyre again from an Atieno header looking for Williams, but eventually the Diamonds defence cleared the danger.
Persistence from McAllum brought a Lambs corner and from the flag kick Kyle Storer unleashed a powerful drive, but he was off balance and the shot flew wide of the mark.
While Tamworth battled hard to threaten the Rushden goal the visitors continued to look good coming forward but the Lambs defence were strong, Tom Kemp blocking a hard strike at goal on 38 and Atieno
On 41 Michael Rankine almost bagged his side’s second goal following good work by Jackson on the left wing but once again Kemp was on hand to deny a clear cut chance.
The Lambs almost pulled one back via a miskicked Chris Hope clearance which went over his own bar on 44 and then Bradley Thomas connected well with a corner on 45, but Eyre saved his effort even though it was probably the wrong side of the post.
HT: 0-1

Tamworth ran full pelt at Rushden from the kick off only for Diamonds to break to the other end and Rankine was given a chance to shoot hard at Bowles but The Lambs cleared.
The Lambs deservedly got an equalizer shortly after when Bradley Thomas played a quality ball forward for Atieno to head down for Williams and Matty controlled brilliantly before stroking the ball past Eyre to make it 1-1 on 50 minutes.
A superb header away from his own goal on 58 denied a cross from Tyrone Berry reaching a fellow team mate as both sides continued to play passionate football in an end to end game.

Things then went a bit pear-shaped for Mark Cooper’s Lambs.. Simeon Jackson the main reason for their downfall.
Tamworth grouped themselves uncharacteristically in the opposition penalty area for a corner and when the visitors broke away there were only three Lambs in defence with the rest tracking back. Jackson took advantage of this and burst onto the ball out of his own half, cut wide and slotted home from the right of the penalty area to make it 1-2.
On 72,
Jackson bagged his hat-trick. He left Simon Weaver for dead in the area, cutting inside the Lambs defender and blasted a shot in at the near post to make it 1-3.
And Adie Smith gave a penalty away on 76, bringing down Marcus Kelly as he cut into the area. Jon Ashton duly dispatched the spot kick to make it 1-4.
Joe Kendrick almost bagged a long range consolation goal on 89 but his effort from 35 yards went just over and wide of the mark and despite some pressure at the end of the game, including a shot from Steve Burton Rushden went back up the A14 with all three points.

Williams, Atieno
McAllum, Storer (Burton 66), Deakin (Bampton 60), McGrath J.
Thomas, Kemp, Weaver, Smith (Kendrick 77)

Subs: Stevenson, Neilson, Kendrick

Rushden and Diamonds
Berry, Rankine, Jackson
Kelly, Ashton (Savage 88), Shaw
Watson, Hope, Hatswell, Wilson

Subs: Crane, Fortune-West, Pearson, Chillingworth

Goals: Jackson 12, Williams 50

Yellow Cards:
Deakin 37, Smith 68
Red Cards: none
Att: 1105

MOM as voted for by Match Sponsors Polesworth Garage Ltd.: Gavin McAllum

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