10 men Lambs have to settle for a point
17 January 2009
After bouncing back from last weekend’s defeat by disposing of Burton Albion Gary Mills made no changes to the starting eleven that sunk the Brewers in the Birmingham Senior Cup.
Hucknall clawed their way of the foot of the table on Tuesday night with a hard earned point against Alfreton and were sure to be no push over despite their lowly league position.
Tamworth kicked off the game towards the Castle End of the pitch and immediately took the game to the visitors.
The best so far move coming on 3 minutes when Shaw fed Sheridan and although the letter was unable to control the ball Foster followed up but struck high and wide from the edge of the area.
On 5 Rodman squared for Shaw who flicked on for Pritchard but he was unable to beat one-time-Lamb James Lindley with his header.
Rodman was brought down by Sucharewycz on route to goal on 7 and the Hucknall player picked up an early booking.
The Lambs were moving the ball around well keeping the ball in their opponents half and causing problems for the defence.
Rodman hit the corner of posting bar after a neat one two with Sheldon on 11 and the ball went out for a corner from return ball in. Wylde rose highest to meet the flag kick, but headed over.
Hucnkall made their first foray into the Lambs half of the pitch on 14 winning a throw on the left but The Lambs stole possession and broke through Craig Reid but once again the final ball was just too strong and Pritchard couldn’t connect.
Sheldon picked up a booking for a foul in the centre of the park on 15 and a chance presented itself for Gary Ricketts from the dead ball but he flash his shot from the angle on the left across the face of goal.
There was a brief stop in play on 18 when the linesman required treatment after some dirt flicked in his eye giving rise to a few humorous comments from the fans but thankfully he was OK to continue with no ill effects.
A fine Lambs passing move down(hill) the length of the field ended once again with a final ball that was too strong and on 22 Rodman squared strongly for Pritchard only for Meikle to clear the ball off his toes.
Sheridan forced the first real save from Lindley from his right footed drive on 27 winning a corner and when the ball eventually fell to Rodman from the flag kick he too hit a low shot at goal which Lindley was equal too.
Sheldon and Rodman combined again on the half hour mark only for Sheldon to be beaten to his far post header from Rodman’s right wing chip. From the corner Lindley punched clear and Hucknall pushed forward but The Lambs were soon looking hungry again with Pritchard flashing a cross across goal but with no one available to finish.
The opening goal finally came on 34 when Sheldon fired home his 15th of the season from close range after more good work from Rodman sent the ball into the box from the right and when Sheridan’s initial effort had been blocked the Lambs leading marksman was on hand to net the chance. (1-0, 34 mins)
Rodman was floored by the ball in added time when a hefty boot from Lindley caught him straight in the midriff and he needed a bit of treatment before returning to the field.
A corner deep into the additional two minutes for Hucknall brought an excellent close range save from Alcock off Danny Bacon’s header as the whistle went.
Hucknall started the second period and equalised on 49 when Dave Kettle picked up the ball 25 yards out with the Tamworth defence flat footed after appealing for offside and curled home in off the underside of the bar. (1-1, 49 mins)
On 54 Bacon turned and fired a low shot a foot or so wide of the mark after a Hucknall corner and the visitors looked decidedly more lively than they had done in the first 45 as Bacon skimmed a shot on the turn well wide on 58.
Foster found space to try a shot from 20 yards on the hour only to find the Hucknall defence and more precisely Sucharewycz in the way.
Gary Mills made his first change on 64 with Matt Birley coming on for Sheridan.
Then on 65 Lyttle hit a low shot into the area and as the ball ran free Pritchard appeared to be brought down as he turned, but the referee waved play on denying the penalty claim immediately.
Pritchard became the second Lambs player to have his name taken by Mr Cox on 67 who stopped play when the resulting Hucknall freekick saw Danny Alcock fouled as the ball came into the box.
On 69 Wylde had his name added to the list and Sheldon saw red after receiving a second booking following a foul on Laurie Wilson on the half way line leaving The Lambs a man short for the remaining 20 minutes.
Five minutes later Meikle was yellow carded for a challenge on Lyttle and Shaw almost saw his low freekick turned in at the far post by Birley only for his outstretched boot to miss by a hairs breadth.
Tamworth won a corner on 77 but the chance was booted clear by the visitors.
Then, on 79, confusion reigned supreme as Wylde appeared to have stabbed the ball home only for Lindley and McAughtrie to clash as the ball bounced around resulting in a booking for the Lambs defender and a freekick for Hucknall a yard out.
Timons became the eight name to enter the referees note book on 83 and Shaw’s freekick appeared to have struck a hand but nothing was given.
In what was becoming a very stop start affair Shaw put another dead ball into the area on 85 only for Hucknall to clear. Tamworth kept up the pressure though but time was ticking slowly away.
Pritchard forced Lindley to parry a close range shot as four minutes added time was shown and Wylde was unable to follow up the rebound effectively.
Reid hit a hopeful effort at goal on 92 but cleared the bar and when Lindley took too long to take the kick he joined the others in the book.
There was no let up in movement or indeed freekicks as the end of added time came into sight as Pritchard was upturned on the edge of the area but Rodman was unable to make his kick count and curled the final ball of the game straight into the arms of Lindley.
Alcock, Lyttle, Reid, McAughtrie, Wylde, Foster, Sheridan (Birley 64), Shaw, Sheldon, Rodman, Pritchard
Subs: Lea, Nurse, Law, Burgess
Lindley, Smith, Walters, Meikle, Timons, Sucharewycz, Wilson, Kettle, Ricketts, Bacon, Liburd
Subs: Ward, Chapman, Baxter, O’Brien, Mitchell
Man of the Match: Chosen by San Giovanni - Alex Rodman
Referee: Mr. J. Cox (Worcester)