A goal each half sinks Lambs.
08 September 2007
The Lambs ran out against Worcester City, on the back of an unfortunate point at Blyth last Saturday and welcomed a number of members back into the squad. Adie Smith was still nursing a knee injury, while Anthony Robinson sat out the second of a three match ban.
Tony Thorpe who had hurt an eye at work sat on the bench, and was replaced in the starting eleven by Carl Heggs while Luke Edwards made his home debut. Ashley Timms also made his debut for Tamworth with ‘keeper Jose Veiga away on international duty with Cape Verde.
Worcester City featured ex-Lamb Graham Ward in their starting eleven and both sides knew that a win would move them in the right direction up the table.
After a bright start from The Lambs Kyle Storer was bundled to the ground 20 yards from goal allowing Gareth Sheldon a shooting chance from the dead ball but his direct freekick went just wide of the post.
Timms pushed a driven effort on the angle from George Clegg for the first corner of the game on 4 minutes which came to nothing.
A foul on Jake Sheridan by the corner flag gave Sheldon another dead ball chance which was denied by a push in the box against The Lambs.
Yet another free kick came shortly after following a foul on Edwards as the Lambs signaled their intentions of running at the visitors early on.
Twice in the space of a minute Des Lyttle was released on the left wing but both times the Worcester defence cut out what seemed to be great balls into the area.
A strong run by Heggs on 9 saw him cut the ball back across the face of goal, but neither Edwards nor Sheldon could get onto the end of it and Worcester cleared under pressure once again.
Gerry Taggart played Sheridan down the wing on 19, but Heggs was beaten to his right wing cross by Worcester ‘keeper Daniel McDonnell and another good cross from Sheridan set up Sheldon on 20 but his shot, after a deft first touch, deflected off a defender for a corner which came to nothing.
Tamworth were playing with a lot of promise all over the park and stopped Worcester playing past the half way line, but hadn’t tested McDonnell in the opening 25 minutes.
The Lambs got caught out trying to play offside on 26 but Adam Webster looked lost with the ball at his feet when he realized he was OK to continue and put a tame shot at Timms from 18 yards.
On 29 Clegg fired a left footed freekick into the Tamworth box and Timms punched it off the heads of the Worcester forwards for a corner which Chris Wilding headed toward goal and Timms caught fairly easily.
The visitors won another flag kick on 32 as they started to get back into the game which was harmless enough and The Lambs regrouped.
But Lyttle could not prevent another corner on 35 which Storer cleared only for Michael Brisceo to head behind for another corner a minute later. Ward took it but Webster couldn’t get enough direction at the far post to trouble Timms.
A kamikaze header from Taggart, looking for Timms, on 38 allowed Webster to steal in and fire low under the Lambs ‘keeper for the opening goal of the game (0-1)
Tamworth came back quickly, but McDonnell smothered the ball in his box and a push in the area denied Sheirdan’s ‘goal’ shortly after.
The play switched ends quickly and Wilding turned Taggart to get a shot away at Timms on 45, but struck his effort high and wide from 12 yards.
Dominic Langdon and Rapinder Gill tangled on the edge of the Worcester area in first half stoppage time which left both players needing the ‘magic sponge’ and gave Sheldon a chance from the freekick. His shot hit the wall and Storer chipped the ball forward, but McDonnell collected easily.
The injuries before half time forced both managers to make a change after the break, with Harry Donaghey coming on for his first Lambs appearance.
Tamworth pushed hard for an early equalizer with Heggs heading well which appeared to strike a hand in the area and McDonnell conceded a corner seconds later.
Sheldon saw his shot from the edge of the area tipped onto the far post and away on 56 and in a bid to make the chances count Tony Thorpe came on for Sheridan on 57.
Another Lambs freekick came on 61 after a cynical challenge on Edwards on the far side but Worcester broke from the lose ball and eventually a poor cross ended the move.
As Mario Pedro warmed up waiting to come on, Worcester won another corner on 65 which Wilding headed towards goal but Timms was not troubled by his effort.
At the other end Lyttle floated a ball into the danger area, Edwards flicked on and Thorpe struck for goal, but play was called back by the linesman’s flag for offside.
A low cross from Sheldon had to be headed behind by the Worcester defence after McDonnell spilled the ball but the Worcester keeper collected the resultant flag kick at height on 70.
Appeals for a penalty following a push on Taggart on 75 fell on deaf ears and when Worcester broke, sub Mark Danks shot wide from inside the area.
Danks fed Wilding on 82 after forging his way through the Lambs midfield and Timms made a great save with his feet from the strikers shot.
With minutes ticking away, Sheldon cut to the by-line and chipped the ball over McDonnell toward the far post on 85 but there was no one there to finish the move and although City conceded a corner clearing the danger, nothing came from the flag kick.
A header from Sheldon was deflected behind for another corner on 87 but again nothing came from the dead ball and shots went toward goal from Lyttle and Pedro but failed to test McDonnell both times.
In the final minute of normal time, Tamworth won another flag kick which failed to test the keeper as four minutes added time came.
Donaghey shot from the left of the area straight into the arms of McDonnell.
Then in added time Timms rushed out to clear a loose ball from 25 yards out only for Wilding to rush in and block his kick. The ball ballooned into the air and Wilding was quickest, calmly knocking it into net with Timms desperately chasing back. (0-2)
Timms, Lyttle, Langdon (Donaghey HT), Bains, Taggart, Briscoe, Sheridan (Thorpe 57), Storer (Pedro 66), Heggs, Edwards, Sheldon
Subs: Williams, Bampton
McDonnell, Clarke, Barratt, Smith, Liburd, Gill (Doran HT), Ward, Nwadike, Wilding, Wesbter, Clegg (Danks 71)
Subs: Wood, Colley, Palmer
Yellow Cards: Doran 55
Referee: Mr Keane (Chesterfield)
MOM: Chosen by match sponsors SAN GIOVANNI Italian Restuartant, Sheepy Parva: Carl Heggs.