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Lambs go top via Sheldon's penalty

FT: Tamworth 1    0 Solihull Moors

06 December 2008Lambs boss Gary Mills handed a debut to ex-Chesterfield goalkeeper Dan Whatsize for the visit of league strugglers Solihull Moors at The Lamb.
With Dominic Langdon out with a long term injury Craig McAughtrie came into the side alongside Des Lyttle who returned from injury for his first game in a month.

Solihull kicked off the game towards the Castle End of the ground but an early challenge on Pritchard left he Lambs midfielder needing treatment and halted play.
Moors continued to push forward and won a corner on 2 from a deflected Middleton shot which Shaw cleared with a hefty boot.
Tamworth then enjoyed a spell of pressure and anothehr foul on Pritchard allowed Shaw to fire the ball into the box. Solihull cleared but Lyttle put the ball back in the danger area and Wright ended the move with an overhead kick at the far post which just cleared the target.
Lyttle was unable to continue with just 8 minutes gone bringing Burgess into the game early.
A good move from Wright who in turn fed Shaw saw Rodman volley high and wide on 10 from the latter’s left wing cross.
Both sides then struggled to make spells of possession count until Pritchard made a run on the left and was tripped as he turned to go into the box. The resultant freekick was chipped in by Shaw but headed away by the visiting defence.
Ex-Lamb Touhy floored Wright as he burst through into final third on 23 and again Shaw looked for a head from the dead ball but it was cleared away.
English had his name taken for a late tackle on Rodman on 25 and
Tamworth looked to build from the freekick.
A good move from the back by The Lambs ended with a poor final ball in from Rodman. A minute later he was clattered to the floor by Daly on 31 who received a booking for his efforts but Shaw’s freekick was knocked forward and found Smith offside.
Wright created possibly the best chance so far on 39, sprinting past Tuohy and he unleashed a low right footed effort which had Crane beaten in the
Solihull goal, but ran just wide of the far post.
Another effort from Wright skimmed of a defender and went out at the far post on 45. The corner was taken short and
Tamworth pushed for a goal, but play was stopped, as two minutes added time was shown, for a push in the box.
And a fine run from Wylde shortly after in which he ran rings around the visiting defence was only marred by a slightly off target shot which went just past the post from the edge of the area.

HT: Tamworth 0    0 Solihull Moors

The Lambs got the second period underway and with the sun now out of sight the cold started to nip at the toes of the fans.
And while the workrate on the field was fairly high, there was little being created in front of goal ad when a chance did present itself, the defences were doing just enough to get in the way.
On 58 Shaw hit a right footed shot into the arms of Crane from the edge of the box and on the hour, Pritchard fed Wright with a ball to feet on the right of the area, but the latter miscued his strike and failed to test Crane.
Whatsize escaped punishment for a sliced clearance on 64 which fell kindly for Kelly who pushed the ball back to Middleton and his shot sailed over the bar.
On 65 Pritchard was felled in the area by captain Collins as the ball bounced high towards the goal and Collins received his marching orders leaving Moors with 10 men, while Tuohy also had his name taken for protesting.
Sheldon stepped up to take the spot kick and duly planted it to the right sending Crane the wrong way to make it 1-0 to The Lambs on 66.
This gave the Lambs a boost Sheldon and Wylde combined for the former to curl an effort goalward on 71 but it went past the far upright.
Sheldon hit a dipping strike on 76 but it flashed over the bar from distance
News that Telford were leading Southport came through on 77 which would see the Lambs go back to the top by a point if scores stayed the same.
But Solihull were not going to go out without a fight and Middleton got into a good position and got shot away on 79 but it was always going wide of the left of goal.
Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the second half as Lea came on for
Tamworth’s second substitution of the game before the final whistle blew on three points for the Lambs.

Tamworth Team:
Whatsize, Lyttle (Burgess 8), Wylde, Smith, McAughtrie, Foster, Wright (Lea 90), Shaw, Sheldon, Rodman (Birley 88), Pritchard
Subs: Sheridan, Law

Solihull Moors Team:
Crane, Tuohy (Street 67), Motteram, Collin, Daly, Sedgemore, English, Middleton, Kelly (Gardner 81), Ducros (Edwards 72), Beecroft
Subs: Faulds, Rachel

Attendance: 621

Man of the Match: Michael Wylde

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