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Lambs topple Cards

FT: Woking 2    3 Tamworth

29 September 2012

Both the Lambs and The Cards started the game at Kingfield with remarkably similar records - 16 points from their opening games, P11, W5, D1, L5 and although the home side had scored more goals, the Lambs had a superior goal difference by just one.
With Richard Tait suspended Marcus Law had acted quickly to bring in Luton defender Greg Taylor on an emergency loan. Marcus Kelly and Sam Oji both returned to the first team squad, albeit on the bench, meanwhile, Lee Hendrie was due to play his first game of the season in the reserves at The Lamb.

After respective captains Marshall and Ricketts had completed the formalities, The Lambs got the game underway kicking towards the big seated stand behind the goal.
Courtney tried a long throw from the right on 3 after keeper Howe had raced out of his box to clear but despite good intentions the keeper eventually received the ball back.
Wright took a blow to the head when Till crossed from the right on 4 but was able to continue as play went on around him and Howe collected Courtney's header into the box as The Lambs continued to play keep ball as much as possible.
Courtney then tried a shot from distance and a deflection took it wide of the mark for the first corner of the game which Till took from the right and Kerry hit back across goal for Wright to finish from close range. (1-0, 8 mins)
After the restart, the home side had more possession than they had previously enjoyed and The Lambs were forced to defend more strongly than before as The Cards tried to force themselves into the final third of the field.
Dempster conceded a freekick against McCallum on 18 20 yards out on the left of the D and McNerney and Parkinson lined up the deadball  but the shot fromm the latter struck the wall and when The Lambs broke Cunnington was tripped on the halfway line for a freekick.
Following a teasing cross from McCallum on 20 a flowing move out of the middle of defence ensued and ended with Till looking for Wright at the far post via a right sided cross but it was just too high for Wright and Howe gathered the rebound off his own defender.
Then on 23 Cunnington ran through from midfield and held off his defender to fire home from 20 yards out (2-0, 23 mins).
And on 26 he set up Till with a chance from a similar distance but Till's shot scuffed the ground and rolled past the left hand post.
Tamworth continued to keep possession and Kerry fed Cunnington on the right edge of the box on 34 and after pushing the ball away from the in coming defender he struck a curling rising shot into the side netting.
A slip by the home defence allowed Cunnington to nick the ball on the edge of the area on 37 and his short pass to Kerry looked promising, but Woking recovered and attacked but it came to nothing.
inside the final five minutes of the first half Woking enjoyed a spell with the ball but Dempster and Marshall worked hard to get the ball out and the home side let themselves down with a couple of final balls into the box, allowing Breeden to slow things down and build from the back again.
Woking won their first corner of the game on 45 and when the ball came back in from McNerney's header came back in from the edge of the box,. A handball shout went up against Dempster but the referee was completely unsighted and unable to make a decision based upon what he could see.
In added time The Lambs won a freekick 30 yards out but nothing came from it and the whistle blew.

HT: Woking 0    2 Tamworth

Woking got the second half underway and Newton crossed for Parkinson on 48 but the ball was too high and Tamworth managed to get it away.
Barrow ventured forwards on 50 and tried to wrong foot Howe before the keeper could clear his lines.
Betsy felled Kelly and earned himself a booking on 51.
On 57 Betsy pulled one back for the home side after good work down the left by sub Pires and although Breeden had managed to get a hand to the low ball in from the left Betsy popped up at the far post to reduce the arrears. (1-2 57 mins)
Had Kerry beaten the offside trap, his lob of Howe from the edge of the box, which the keeper got a finger to but was unable to prevent going into the net, he would have immediately restored the Lambs lead, but the flag denied him.
Breeden denied McAllum with a close range double save on 65 which had the home fans claiming had crossed the line but Tamworth raced to the other end and Baldock fired home from the right of the box (1-3, 63 mins)
A freekick by the home side tested the Lamb defence on 70, and once again Tamworth looked to the quick break but Cunnington was unable to get power on his shot from 20 yards and Howe collected low, 6 yards out.
On 76 Kelly came on for his first appearance since the opening day win at Dartford and immediately got into the mix setting up Kerry with a right footed shot from the right of the box.
Baldock got hold of the ball in the left of the area on 81 and curled it agonisingly past the far post while at the other end Betsy lifted a cross from the left for Ricketts to head at goal, but he missed the target completely.
Marshall and Breeden got tangled up between themselves on 83 and luckily Ricketts was unable to finish the loose ball. From the ball back into the box McCallum then found a group of defenders in way of his swept effort from the right of the area as Woking looked to finish the game with a flourish as they tried to camp in the final third.
And deep into added time a freekick from McNerney was well saved by Breeden but rebounded past him off Dempster (2-3, 90+ mins) and the final whistle eventually blew on three points.

Tamworth Team:

Tony BREEDEN (GK), George BALDOCK, Tom MARSHALL (c), Adam CUNNINGTON, Tommy WRIGHT, Lloyd KERRY, Duane COURTNEY, Peter TILL (Connor GUDGER 81), Scott BARROW (Marcus KELLY 76), John DEMPSTER, Greg TAYLOR
Subs: Charlie COLLINS, Sam OJI, Dale BELFORD

Woking Team:

Aaron HOWE, Adam NEWTON, Mark RICKETTS (c), Joe McNERNEY, Adam DOYLE (Mike CESTOR 79), Jack PARKINSON, Bradley BUBB (Brett WILLIAMS 79), Kevin BETSY, Jay DAVIS (Loick PIRES 56), Brett JOHNSON, Gavin McCALLUM

Attendance: 1467

Referee: Mr. D. Treleaven

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