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First half dictates Lambs home defeat by U's

FT: Tamworth 1    3 Oxford United

24 February 2007

At a packed Lamb, Tamworth welcomed Oxford United to The Lamb for a bottom v second from top clash with both sides looking for points for very different reasons.
Oxford had won just once since they won at The Lamb in November following a massive dip in form which has allowed Dagenham top open a 10 point gap at the top of the league.
TFC boss Gary Mills made two changes to the side that fell to Burton in midweek with Jake Edwards returning while Taiwo Atieno sat out the first of a three match ban and Adie Smith took the place of Graeme Law who waited for his chance on the bench.

Drizzly rain and the bagpipes of Pipe Major Martin Hewins had welcomed the two sides onto the field and it didn’t take long for a free kick from John McGrath to be headed goalward by Rikki Bains, but a push on U’s ‘keeper Billy Turley quashed any hopes of a quick opener for Tamworth.
But it was 1-0 to Oxford after 12 minutes. Eddie Anaclet made a run down the right wing and squared for Yemi Odubade who took his time to work the ball across the face of the penalty area and picked a spot out to fire home, with the aid of a slight deflection to take it past Jose Veiga. (0-1)
Adie Smith played Jake Edwards through on 17 but the Lambs striker was closed down quickly by the visiting defence and the chance was lost.
Then there was controversy in the Lambs box when Veiga brought down Odubade in the area and United won a penalty in front of their own fans. Despite strong protests from the Lambs that there was no contact between the two players the kick was given and Robert Duffy made it 2-0.
Tamworth were not to be pushed down so easily though and came back with a corner on 24 but could not make it count.
Although decisions were not always going their way Tamworth won another corner on 33 but Edwards header was not strong enough to trouble Turley.
Steve Burton was replaced by Darryl Taylor on 35 - the only reason being to give the Lambs more pace in midfield - leaving Edwards as the lone striker linking with Matty Williams as Tamworth moved to 4-5-1.
Hargreaves headed Odubade’s right wing cross over the bar on 43 but both sides had struggled to string any telling moves together and Oxford held the upper hand at half time.

HT: 0-2

The Lambs came out of the blocks the quickest at the start of the second half but found United defending in numbers and struggled to get through their back line effectively.
Matt Williams took a shot on the half volley inside the area on 62 but his effort went wide of the far upright and pressure from Taylor won his side a corner on 63 which came out to Simon Heslop and he struck the ball well but watched go wide via a deflection for another corner which Turley collected easily.
An extended period of pressure by Tamworth kept United penned in their own half and Taylor struck well at Turley but the visiting keeper parried his shot to safety on 68.
The visitors produced little in the way of attacking play as Tamworth battled on and substitute Jon Stevenson rifled a low shot just wide on 89 before Matt Williams volleyed a last ditch lifeline for the Lambs to make it 1-2 in added time. Kyle Storer’s initial shot was charged down and fell perfectly for Williams to swivel and strike home from 8 yards into the far corner.
But former Lamb Eddie Anaclet made sure of the points with a right footed shot after finding himself with plenty of time and space to lift the ball over Veiga and into the roof of the net right at the death.

Tamworth:

Burton (Taylor 35), Edwards (Stevenson 71)
McGrath, Storer, Heslop (Briscoe 76), Williams
Friars, Bains, Weaver, Smith
Veiga

Subs: Bampton, Law

Oxford United:

Duffy (Robinson 86), Odubade
Rose (Burgess 75), Hargreaves, Foster, Anaclet
Johnson, Gilchrist, Cororcan, Quinn (Day 32)
Turley

Subs: Tardif, Pettifer

Yellow Cards: Veiga 20, Hargreaves 65, Day 67, Helsop 69, Williams 74, Turley 87, Storer 88
Red Cards:

Att: 2089 (854 Oxford)

MOM: As chosen by match sponsors: Charnold Engineering, Codsgill Engineering and Solid Surface Sales: Simon Weaver and Matt Williams

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