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Bampton sets up replay for 10 men Lambs

FT: 2    2 Tamworth

02 February 2008

Tamworth made the short journey to Stafford Rangers looking to book themselves a place in the quarter finals of this seasons FA Trophy by virtue of a win over the struggling Blue Square Premier side
Gary Mills was forced to make two changes to the side that had beaten Hyde the previous Saturday, with Colin Marrison and Martin Foster cuptied, which meant Nick Wright and Chris Nurse came into the eleven.
For Stafford, Tamworth born Damien Jarrett who scored for The Lambs in a trial in a friendly during pre-season, was looking to steal the headlines off his home town team.

Lambs fans packed into the old shed side of Marston Rd. and, despite the cold, immediately made their presence felt with some loud offerings and it was their side that had the first real shout of the game – for a penalty in the 4th minute when Jamie Reed was bundled over by Jemiah Richards but Mr Naylor waved play on.
Wright tried a right footed effort from the edge of the area on 6 but narrowly missed the target, and although Danny Alcock in the home goal watched the ball all the way to make sure it was never going in.
Nick Wright watches the ball go inBut a minute later the same player hit home the opening goal of the game. After receiving the ball from Gareth Sheldon on the left he cut past the keeper and fired into the far corner. Although his shot struck the far post and Richards hacked it away the linesman had no hesitation in flagging that the ball had indeed crossed the line, before it was cleared, to put The Lambs 1-0 up.
A Rangers corner on 14 saw Wayne Daniel head over the bar at the far post and on 15 David McNiven forced a good save out of Alex Cisak with a drive on the half volley 15 yards out which he had to follow up from the rebound from Jarrett.
Daniel burst out of his own half on 16 and was upended by Michael Briscoe on the right wing which earned the Lambs defender a booking but Stafford couldn’t capitalise on the freekick.
Kevin Str eet tried a long range effort at Cisak on 20 which the was more than equal to and Bampton volleyed over the bar shortly after.
Reed and Wright combined to set the former up with a chip shot on the half hour but the Wrexham striker fluffed his effort when well positioned and Alcock collected easily.
Tamworth looked by far the better of thee two sides and although the game was not being played at a fast pace, in fact some were describing it as positively pedestrian - caused no doubt by the wind, there was an assured weight behind The Lambs which always looked as though it could brush Stafford aside.
Street then did what no Lambs fan was expecting and equalised on 35 with a swerving long range shot which caught Cisak out and he could only parry it into his own net. (1-1)
Gareth Evans then received a straight red card on 39 after pushing Jarrett over in box – the referee had no hesitation in showing the Lambs defender the card which appeared to be retaliation following an off the ball incident after a Richter freekick had gone out for a goal kick.
Bampton then tried a double shot at goal from 18 yards only to be denied twice by the home defence but it was Jarrett who gave his side the lead at half time with a thumping right footed effort after the ball had been whipped into the area from the left. (1-2)

HT: 1-2

Tamworth looked for an early goal in the second half to get back into the tie and it almost came from Sheldon but his right footed effort from 25 yards was pushed over the bar by Alcock for a corner on 48 which came to nothing.
With Stafford down to ten men albeit temporarily while Marco Adaggio received lengthy treatment on the sidelines, Wright, Nurse and Reed all pushed forward only to the thwarted by the home defence.
A corner was forced on 57 as Adaggio returned to the field, and although the flag kick was long and put out for a throw, Tamworth continued to press but ultimately did not manage a shot.
When an opportunity arose, Wright miss hit a golden chance to level the tie, screwing his shot from just a few yards out by the near post over the bar after rounding Alcock while at the other end Cisak pushed a goal bound corner out of the danger area on 61
Bampton celebratesBampton then levelled the tie on 63 after receiving the ball from the right wing and firing home from close range after Tamworth had robbed the home side in the middle of the park and broke forward. (2-2)
Sheldon cleared the bar by only a few inches on 65 and Reed just failed to divert Des Lyttle’s right wing cross sufficiently enough to take it past Alcock on 70 as the home side’s man advantage failed to be showing itself.
Draper tired his luck with a looping effort which arced past the upright seconds later and Mills switched Wright for Williams shortly after.
Dominic Langdon’s long throw forced a corner on 80 and while it caused some heart stopping moments for the Stafford faithful as it was whipped back into the danger area twice after being cleared the finishing touch was a few inches away each time.
Sheldon drove a dipping shot wide of the mark following sustained Lambs pressure on 86 but Ryan Lynch sent a teasing cross across the six yard box on 87 in a rare Rangers attack to remind The Lambs they were not impervious to advances.
Tamworth countered again and forced a goal mouth scramble from a Sheldon freekick on 90 before 4 minutes extra time were shown in which Stafford tried their best to get forward to no avail and both sides had to settle for a re-match at The Lamb on Tuesday night.

FT: 2-2

Stafford Rangers:
Alcock, Daniel, Sangare, Street, McNiven, Draper, Adaggio (Olaoye 60), Richards (Flynn 45), Jarrett, Lynch, Hazley (Grayson 74)
Subs: Ingram, Gibson

Tamworth:
Cisak, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, Evans, Bampton, Richter (Smith 44), Nurse, Wright (Williams 72), Reed (Sheridan 81), Sheldon
Subs: Ebdon, McAughtrie

Referee: Mr Naylor (Sheffield)

Att: 1025 (312 TFC)

Yellow Cards: Briscoe 16, Bampton 40, Draper 40, Hazley 45, Nurse 45, Sangare 90
Red Cards: Evans 40

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