Williams brace brings a point
21 October 2006
On ‘Lets Kick Racism Out of Football’ day at The Lamb, Mark Cooper made three changes to the side that lost at Halifax last Saturday. Ex-Villa keeper Matthew Ghent came straight in for Sean Bowles who did not feature at all in the squad of sixteen. Matt Williams came off the bench as did Joe Kendrick, in for Kyle Storer and Thomas Harban with The Lambs manager opting for an attacking formation.
York started the day in 4th position in the league to The Lambs 5th from bottom, but it was the home side that started the brighter and Minsterman ‘keeper Tom Evans was lucky to collect the ball when his clearance came back off Wiliams on 3.
But on 10 minutes and from a move which started in their own half Clayton Donaldson ran through onto a one-two with Steve Bowey and slotted home, for his ninth of the season, past Ghent to give City the lead. (0-1)
On 21 minutes, Bradley Thomas saw a chance to level the scores with a speculative long range strike, but his right footed effort curled well wide of the goal from 30 yards.
Ghent pulled of a last ditch save to deny Craig Farrell’s close range chance shortly after good work on the right by York saw the ball sneak into the six yard box.
Following a foul on Taiwo Atieno, Tamworth equalized on 25 minutes via a Williams free kick on the left of the area and his strike took enough of a deflection off Jason Goodliffe’s head to leave Evans with no chance of stopping the driven dead ball (1-1)
York came back strongly and Ghent stopped Nathan Peat’s powerdrive from the left of the Lambs penalty area on 29.
Adie Smith picked up his fifth yellow card of the season on the half hour mark meaning a suspension for the Tamworth captain is imminent.
York then took the lead again on 32. A corner from Farrell was headed on by Goodliffe and Donaldson turned the ball in from close range amongst a sea of players at the far post. (1-2)
And Tamworth were forced into an early substitution when McGrath could not continue and had to be replaced by Kyle Storer towards the end of the half.
The second half saw Cooper switch things around at the back and also bring in Gavin McAllum to change to a 4-4-2 formation but still The Lambs seemed to be struggling to take control of the game despite the obvious enthusiasm for the task in hand.
And their tenacity paid off on 61 minutes when Joe Kendrick floated a corner to the far post which was nodded back towards goal by Thomas and Williams headed the ball backwards over the York defenders on the line off the underside of the bar and into the goal. (2-2)
On 69 Steve Bowey ran onto a loose ball, initially meant for Donaldson and let fly from outside the area. The City man hit his shot well but it was always rising over Ghent’s goal and cleared the cross bar by a few feet.
On 73 it took the head of Tom Kemp to deny a third York goal from a training ground free kick, struck over the wall by Nathan Peat and Simon Weaver cleared his lines after Donaldson turned the ball goalwards shortly after.
At the other end, Williams wriggled his way through the visiting defence and shot from a tight angle, but it took a deflection on the way through and rolled past the far post for a corner.
Both sides continued to look for a winning goal but chances were at a premium and both had to settle for a draw.
Burton (McAllum 54), Atieno, Williams
Smith, McGrath (Storer 39), Thomas (Tuohy 83)
Laight, Kemp, Weaver, Kendrick
Subs: Stevenson, Harban
York City:York City:
Donaldson, Stamp, Farrell
Bowey, Panther, Bishop
Peat, Parslow, Goodliffe (Foster 87), Lloyd
Subs: Convery, Woolford, Greenwood, Reid
Yellow Cards: Smith 30, Storer 71, Goodliffe 78
MOM: As voted by Match sponsors Angel Croft Hotel, Lichfield: Matt Williams