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Jon Stevenson returns to haunt Mills' Lambs.

FT: Boston United 1    0 Tamworth

19 September 2007

Tamworth made the trip to Lincolnshire on Wednesday night for their league fixture with Boston United, who had dropped two leagues in the summer and for Gary Mills’ men it was a game that would hopefully see them back onto the winning track after a clean sheet, but two missed penalties against Barrow on Saturday.

Dominic Langdon returned at the back at the expense of Rikki Bains who took a place on the bench, Jake Sheridan came in for Adie Smith and Matt Williams took a place in the starting eleven instead of Tony Thorpe.
While Boston featured ex-Lamb Jon Stevenson in their starting eleven – who had scored on his debut against Redditch on Saturday while another ex Tammy – Ludo Quistin was on the bench for The Pilgrims.

The Lambs kicked off the first half towards their fans in the away end of the ground, resplendent with flags and immediately made more noise than the home crowd!
Tamworth got an early break through Sheridan but his low cross from the right was easy for Chris Wright in the home goal. But Boston came back quickly allowing Jon Froggatt time to shoot from the left of the area only for his shot to go high and wide of the mark.
A flowing Lambs move out of midfield on 5 saw Anothony Robinson feed Williams but his shooting was off target too, this time under pressure and 18 yards out.
Boston won a corner on 6 from a good run by Tom Matthews halted only by the persistence of Chris Nurse and Craig McAughtrie had to be first to the ball to deny a goalscoring header at the far post from the flag kick.
McAughtrie then picked up a yellow card on 8 bringing down Stevenson as he cut in from the midfield en route to goal winning the home side a freekick 30 yards out. Veiga saved the dead ball which went over the Lambs wall, but it was never going in.
A header from Williams on 14 was blocked from close range following a great ball in from Nurse on the right wing and although he recovered to have a go at the loose ball, the home defence cleared.
And a similar ball from Lyttle a little further infield, found the head of Robinson less than 30 seconds later, but Wright caught the chance.
Bampton struck low on 20 and it took a deflection off Robinson but went straight back to Wright. Boston then pressed and won a corner off Williams and Veiga punched it clear amongst a crowded area before Briscoe headed away the resultant cross from the right wing.
Gareth Sheldon tried to curl the ball into the far corner with a right footed shot on 24 after Veiga’s long kick beat the last defender and Williams pushed it wide left, but his strike went a few feet wide of the post.
McAughtrie was penalised or climbing on Stevenson on 26 and the ref awarded the home side a freekick 30 yards out on the left but the same Lambs defender headed the ball clear allowing Tamworth to break, but it was cut out and Boston advanced only for Veiga to boot it clear as Stevenson advanced.
Another Boston freekick came on the half hour mark when Langdon brought down Matt O’Halloran but Bampton got the yellow card. McAughtrie headed the ball away for a corner which Sheldon cleared but Boston came forward again and David Galbraith’s shot deflected of Sheridan for another corner on 32 which McAughtrie headed clear.
The Lambs then won a freekick at the other end allowing Sheldon and Williams to ‘argue’ over who was taking it! Sheldon eventually struck the dead ball and it fell to Bampton but his shot was blocked on the edge of the area.
Tommy Taylor’s Boston were forced to make an early substitution on 35 when Stuart Talbot went down and could not continue.
As the end of the first period drew into sight, there was no let up in the pace of the game and Williams was brought down halfway into the Boston half to give Sheldon a freekick on 41 which was headed behind for the first Tamworth corner of the game. The flag kick was cleared at the near post and from Sheldon’s throw in Boston broke again only to be denied by an instinctive tackle from Lyttle. Tamworth rushed to the other end, but Sheridan’s cross was easy for Wright to collect at his near post.
In time added on, Boston forced another flag kick, and although the ball ended up in the net, the referee blew for a push on Veiga as he jumped to collect the ball.
So, although no goals came in the first 45, the crowd (but perhaps not so the managers) would be hoping for more of the same open and attacking play in the second half.

HT: 0-0

A tug on Robinson won The Lambs an early freekick on the left wing on 47 which Sheldon stepped up to. The ball ran free in the box, but was eventually cleared and although a cross came back in, Wright collected.
Tamworth won another freekick this time by the right corner flag on 49 but Sheldon hit it too hard and Robinson could not get the ball back into the area.
Williams chased a Bampton through ball on 50 only for the home defence to get there first and on 52 he put the ball into the net only to be flagged offside at the start of his run from midfield.
The Lambs then won a corner with the next move of the game which Sheldon took. Wright dropped his catch but not one of the Lambs players in the box could force it over the line and Boston escaped.
Sheridan crossed from the right looking for Williams on 55 only for Wright to collect once again and Boston broke only for The Lambs to clear their lines once again.
Sheldon crossed from the left on 57 and Wright tipped it behind at his far post for a corner but McAughtrie was off target with his header which he had to stretch to reach past far post.
Tamworth continued to press but Boston went straight to the other end and O’Halloran struck a driven effort from the right of the area which skimmed the grass and went out at the far post on 60.
Galbraith won a corner for the Pilgrims on 62 which Veiga saved at full stretch and from it kicked almost to the other penalty area, but Boston cleared once again back to the other end of the field.
Lyttle brought down Galbraith for a home freekick on the left of the area on 63 which Stevenson connected with but couldn’t control
It was then The Lambs turn to have a free shot at goal when Ellender committed a yellow card offence on the left of the area, and Nurse picked up a booking for tussling in the build up to the kick Sheridan eventually received from Nurse’s header back to the penalty spot and volleyed over the bar on 65.
But it was Stevenson who opened the scoring on 67 after being put through the Lambs back four by Matt Bloomer and slotting home from close range (0-1)
Galbraith tried his luck from 25 yards on 73 and Veiga caught his effort easily before being substituted and Tamworth sent searching balls forward but Boston defended strongly to protect their lead.
Gary Mills made a double substitution on 75 bringing on his namesake and Luke straight swaps for Bampton and Sheridan
The two made an immediate impact but the final ball just didn’t fall right, first for McAughtrie in the area and then Robinson was a foot or so offside as a shot squirmed through to him.
On 81 a shot at the wrong end was pushed out for a Boston corner and Tamworth found themselves with some defending to do before Sheldon brought the ball out into midfield, fed Edwards and Robinson struck from distance but curled his shot high and wide.
A long throw for Tamworth ended with Sheldon striking the ball goalward on 86, but he was leaning back and cleared the stand with his shot from the edge of the area
As was coming to be the norm, one side’s attack was followed swiftly by the opposition’s and Boston won a corner shortly after but the home side wasted the flag kick.
The Pilgrims won another corner in injury time, but Tamworth won the ball back and then won a freekick 35 yards from goal which Lyttle floated into the area. Boston cleared and Mills picked up a yellow card for a tackle on sub Keiran Leabon.

Veiga, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, McAughtrie, Nurse, Sheridan (Edwards 75), Bampton (Mills 75), Robinson, Williams, Sheldon
Subs: Bains, Tuohy, Donaghey

Boston United:
Wright, Matthews, Bloomer, Ellender, Crane, Talbot (Medine 35), O’Halloran, Nicholls, Froggat, Stevenson, Galbraith (Leabon 73)
Subs: Leabon, Green, Quistin, Thompson

Yellow Cards: McAughtrie 8, Bampton 30, Ellender 64, Nurse 64, Matthews 77, Mills 90

Att: 1365 (67 TFC)

Referee: Mr N Smith

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