Lambs go through to face Guiseley
26 January 2010
Tamworth welcomed Brian Little's Gainsborough Trinity side to The Lamb for their FA Trophy second round replay fixture on a cold Tuesday night. With a number of the squad either cuptied (Murdock and Hurren) and others out injured Gary Mills was forced to name himself and Dale Belford on a bench of just four while Little made just a couple of changes to his side from the previous Tuesday - Darren Mansaram being one notable addition to their starting eleven.
Gainsborough kicked off the game towards the Castle End and Smith put in a telling challenge to deny the run of Mansaram on 2.
At the other end MacKenzie unleashed a right footed drive but it curled wide of the right hand post from 20 yards out.
Sheridan made a surging run down the left wing on 5 but his pass for Pritchard was too strong and Barnes collected at his feet.
Lake-Gaskin beat his man on the right and sent a lofted cross into the danger area looking for Christie on 7 but the defender covering him got his head their first while Mansaram struck a right footed shot from 20 yards straight atFankem as Gainsborough pushed forward.
It was 1-0 to The Lambs on 12 when Christie headed home Shaw's diagonal searching ball from the left wing into the area which brought a quality finish from 8 yards out. (1-0, 12 mins)
Burbeary sent a cross in from the right on 15 which McMahon glanced well wide with his head and perhaps should have left it for Mansaram coming into the area at the back .
Tamworth kept up the pressure with MacKenzie just failing to connect cleanly with a ball from the right from Tait and Pritchard hitting a low shot at Barnes shortly after.
Gainsborough put a little pressure on of their own around 20 but the Tamworth defence coped admirably and pushed forward down the left through Sheridan, only for Gainsborough to regain possession again.
Lake-Gaskin whipped a ball from the right of the area into the mix on 25 and it took a touch from the Trinity defence to take it away from Smith at the far post for a corner which the visitors broke from only to find The Lambs in no mood to allow them through easily.
Peat tried his luck from 35 yards on 27 but spoon his shot high and off target failing to trouble Fankem at all.
After Pritchard was felled by Hunt inside the Gainsborough half on 30, the Trinity player received a straight red card for his actions and left the lambs midfielder needing treatment on the touch line. Tamworth obviously won the freekick which Shaw put into the box and when it came out to MacKenzie his shot deflected out for a corner on the left.
Sheridan collided with Barnes as the visiting keeper rushed out to collect the ball leaving the Lambs player winded but he was OK to continue.
Now playing a 4-3-2 formation, Burbeary for Trinity, received the ball from a good short pass to feet on 37 but put his side footed shot well over the bar and McMahon forced Fankem to push the ball away with a curling low shot which Tait slid in to clear.|
Great work from Sheridan tyo put the ball into box almost set up Wylde on the edge of the area, but he coulnd't quite get a clean shot. Instead the ball squirmed through towards Barnes and Pritchard was quickest off the mark, slotting home from 8 yards out. (2-0, 43 mins)
Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the half which brought a rising long range shot from Shaw as the minutes ticked down which cleared the goal and rebounded off the hoardings above the terracing.
Little made two changes the visitors before Tamworth got the second half underway and the latter whipped a low ball across the face of goal, but troubled no one and went out for a throw on the left.
Tackles came in to deny the run of Burbeary on 50 as he made his way into the area from the right.
Lake-Gaskin was unlucky to see his right foot strike go wide of the far post on 52 and a flowing move down the left wing on 54 ended with MacKenzie's swept shot taking a deflection as Barnes watched it roll his far post when looked to be creeping in.
Tait fed Sheridan with a good ball into his path from the right wing on 61 which the latter flashed across the goalmouth and it was 10 a side for a short time when Tait's boot connected with another and left him on the floor.
As Tait was being treated Mallon stole in to fire home and reduce the arrears after the ball came back into the danger area from the right of the box and was rightly celebrated by the 10 travelling supporters behind the goal. (1-2, 63 mins)
Smith received a yellow card for a challenge on Burbeary on 65 but the dead ball for Trinity was ultimately wasted with a wild and wayward effort from distance.
On 67 Briscoe put the ball to the far post from outside the right of the area and Pritchard connected setting up what seemed like an easy chance for MacKenzie to finish, but he somehow cleared the bar from a yard out and with the keeper beaten.
A hotly disputed close call (by the crowd at least) denied Christie a clear run at goal on 71 with the linesman's flag denying him a break from 35 yards through a flat back four.
The game opened up a little with both sides going in search of a goal and on 77 Burbeary hit a long range shot from inside the centre circle which Fankem took a few steps backwards to catch a yard out of his goal.
Lake-Gaskin made a good turn to burst down the right and feed Shaw who saw hit right footed drive flash across goal and take a deflection out for a corner by the tea hut but it was cleared by Trinity.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes Lake-gaskin continued to make the most of his space down the right wing and put another dangerous ball into the box which was cleared away for another left sided flag kick and Wylde skimmed the bar with a header from the dead ball.
Inside the final 5 and Gainsborough were still not giving up, firing crosses in which The Lambs defence cleared as required but the visitors were enjoying too much possession for the partisan home crowd to enjoy.
Wright came on for man of the match Christie with a couple of minutes of normal time to go and as three minutes added time was shown Gainsborough won a corner on the right following a block by Tait.
Langdon joined in for the final few throws of normal time and when Lake-Gaskin received the ball from a miss kicked clearance he spotted Barnes off his line but was unable to get a shot away.
Parker tried a long throw from the left as the seconds ticked down but it was cleared and Wright was unlucky not to find Shaw with a right wing cross as Tamworth broke forward but the final whistle blew to see Tamworth in the next round on Saturday afternoon.
Fankem, Tait, Smith C (capt), Wylde, MacKenzie, Pritchard, Sheridan (Langdon 90), Shaw, Briscoe, Lake-Gaskin, Christie (Wright 88)
Subs: Mills, Belford
Gainsborough Trinity Team:
Barnes, Hall, Peat, Greaves, Parker, Hunt, Burbeary, McMahon (Mallon HT), Mansaram (Semple HT), Davies, Dunning
Subs: Stamp, Beckett, Herriott (GK)
Man of the Match: Zero One Design chose Iyseden Christie
Referee: J. G. Adcock