Lambs fall to two late goals
31 July 2012
On the back of more good pre-season run outs The Lambs welcomed a former team of Marcus Law's, Bristol Rovers, under the managership of Marc McGhee.
Rovers kicked off but Tamworth attacked immediately and Wright forced Gough into a tip over his bar from 25 yards out on the right for a corner. From Kelly's corner Wright headed strongly at goal, but it was headed away by a covering defender.
Rovers then enjoyed a spell of possession but were unable to get a shot away at Breeden and The Lambs were able to move up field. Barrow put the ball across into the box from the left but it was cleared and then on 6 Kerry fired a diagonal ball into the box at head height for Cunnington who flashed his header wide of the far post from a central position.
Cunnington's flick on header was run onto by Wright but he was unable to control the ball on his chest 6 yards out so the chance was lost, but the understanding between the two was obvious to see.
Cunnington was involved again on 11 sliding the ball across the face of goal from the left forcing Gough to parry it away and Wright's follow up went high over the target from a tight angle.
Tait sent a long high ball into the box and Wright nodded it on for Cunnington on 14, but the latter was unable to direct his header downwards.
Then on 17 Barrow made the most of defensive hesitancy and inability to take the ball off his as he advanced down the left and lifted the ball over the keeper from the left of the box for the opening goal of the game (1-0)
Three minutes later, Cunnington fed Wright through the right channel into the area but his shot was blocked and the lively Cunnington was then felled for a freekick on the left of centre 25 yards out.
Marna struck it right footed and Gough tipped it over the bar to safety for a corner on the left.
A rare strike on goal came from Brown on 22 but his shot was wayward from some distance.
Marna looked to be making headway into the box on 26 but was denied by a defenders boot.
Staley struck a powerful volley on the left of the box on 29 and it took a ricochet and struck the right hand upright and came out again.
Oji fouled Staley on the edge of the box on the half hour and the freekick from just inside the D from Brown struck the wall but Bristol kept possession and tried to find a gap but couldn't.
Tait sent an inviting cross into the box on 34 looking for Wright but his almost certain header was excellent headed away by the covering defender.
At the other end The Lambs defence were resolute in halting the opportunities of the visitors who won a corner when Tait threw himself at an attempted cross, and Marshall headed the flagkick strongly away.
With three of the first half to go, Marna battled well to get into a shooting position and curled a shot at Gough who caught it at head height.
At the other end, Bristol were awarded a freekick, and Breeden collected it, launched it for Barrow and he switched play to Marna, but his powerful effort was off target.
Former Lamb keeper Scott Bevan, now with the visitors, but not playing due to an operation on his hand travelled as part of the Rovers squad who made one change at the break. Also watching from the stands was former boss Mark Cooper.
Kerry made space down the right and crossed deep into the area but it was cleared for a corner and The Lambs were unable to force the ball home.
Rovers then won a corner on the left off the heels of Oji, and Marshall headed away strongly.
Cunnington made a good run from the half way line but was checked by Rover's Patterson for a freekick which Kelly floated to Tait at the far post but his header across goal was blocked and cleared.
Back down the other end Anyinsah struck a shot at goal but found the wrong side of the post from the left of the box.
Barrow hit a low shot into the danger area on 58 but it was too quick for anyone to catch.
Ivey-Ward replaced Oji in a straight swap at the back on the hour and Bristol forced a corner then won a free kick on the right wingbut it went long and whizzed out past the far post.
Two more Lambs changes came shortly afterwards and on 69 Barrow conceded a penalty as Hunter ran alongside him into the box and the tackle was adjudged to warrant a spot kick by the referee. Clarkson set up the penalty and Breeden saved it with his feet for a corner.
On 73 Rovers sub Clucas floated a seemingly goal bound effort at goal with a right footed curling shot but it went a whisker wide of the target with Breeden watching it all the way.
Some fine interplay to move the ball down the field between Cunnington , Collins and Kelly saw Gough take the effort with ease on 79.
But at the other end, Richards cleverly flicked the ball inside the far post from a pull back from Hunter in the left of the box to level the match (1-1, 79 mins)
Till worked his way across the box on 82 but rolled the shot out past the left hand upright.
Collins gogt his boot around a ball from the right on 85 and won a corner form the deflection off the blocked shot and from the corner the flick on was headed agonisingly back out past the near post by Ivey-Ward.
On 88, after Marshall had headed away a goalbound effort, the ball came back in for Hunter and he made no mistake from 8 yards with a side footed finish. (1-2)
And when Norburn lifted his pass over the back for Richards it looked like Rovers would hit a third, but the shot went wide of the mark from the left of the box.
Tony BREEDEN (GK), Richard TAIT, Connor GUDGER, Sam OJI (Jordan IVEY-WARD 60), Tom MARSHALL, Adam CUNNINGTON, Tommy WRIGHT (Charlie COLLINS 67), Jean-Paul MARNA (Peter TILL 67), Lloyd KERRY, Scott BARROW (Callum FLANAGAN 80), Marcus KELLY
Subs: James WREN (GK), Jamie SMITH, Kyle PATTERSON
Bristol Rovers Team:
Conor GOUGH, Mitch HARDING, Jim PATTERSON, Tom LOCKYER, Jordan GODDARD (Shaquille HUNTER HT), Oliver NORBURN, Wayne BROWN, Ross STALEY, David CLARKSON (Sam KAMARA 70), Joe ANYINSAH (Seanan CLUCAS 53), Eliot RICHARDS
Subs: Matt MACEY
Man of the Match: Recru1tment chose Scott Barrow
Referee: Mr. S. Martin