A point a piece as unbeaten run continues
23 January 2010
Tamworth welcomed Eastbourne to The Lamb for their first ever meeting in the first outing at The Lamb in 2010.
Gary Mills made one change to the side that had drawn at Gainsborough on Tuesday night and with Danny Alcock still out injured Chamberlin Fankem retained his spot in goal while Nick Wright came back into the starting eleven at the expense of Michael Blackwood who took a spot on the bench alongside new signing Jerome Murdock.
After a minutes silence for former Conference Director PhilLedger, former Lambs commercial manager Derek Clark and Lambs stalwart Trevor Marston, Tamworth got the match underway kicking towards the Meadow Street end but Eastbourne quickly gained possession with Smith having to clear on a couple of occasions as the ball was whipped into the box.
Tamworth countered though and when Christie was felled on the edge of the area it set up MacKenzie to curl a freekick around the wall into the side netting from a right sided position.
And they won a corner on the right on 6 which pinged around the area off Smith and MacKenzie's heads before it fell for Christie to fire home from close range when Knowles made a hash of collecting the loose ball. (1-0, 6 mins)
Tamworth kept up the pressure and Pritchard was unlucky to be penalised when Knowles missed his catch at the far post but fell with the Lambs midfielder paying him close attention.
When the Borough side tried to push forward the lambs back four worked extra hard to clear any hint of danger.
A good through ball to Wright was just to strong on 17 and Knowles rushed forward quickly to collect and the keeper made a great save to deny Shaw's right footed curling shot from 30 yards which he tipped out of the top corner for a flag kick on the right on 18. Elphick headed the corner away but Knowles was equal to Sheridan's deep left wing cross.
Wylde and Pritchard combined to feed Christie on the left of the area on 21 but he couldn't get his boot around the ball sufficiently to force a save.
Eastbourne capiltalised on some uncharacteristic Lambs defending to force a corner on 23which Briscoe headed away and MacKenzie calmly cleared to Christie who in turn fed Pritchard, but he was unable to keep the ball in play.
As the clock ticked towards the half hour mark Borough won a corner on the right after a short spell of possession which Shaw headed away but the visitors regarding possession and Frankem was forced to stand his ground to catch the ball as it whistled towards him. Matt Crabb then tried his luck from the edge of the area but was woefully off target with his shot.
Fankem collected Crabbs cross with easy on 34 while at the other end Tamworth were continuing to go in search of a second goal.
Handball against the Eastbourne defender set Shaw up with a left sided free kick on 35 which he played square to Mackenzie but he screwed his shot miles off target.
When Briscoe's attempted clearance skipped off his boot and fell kindly for Crabb outside the box on 36 the Borough player only managed to clear the bar with ease but Enver-Marum won a corner for the visitors shortly after which Crabb headed goalward. Sheridan chested the chance off the line, but when the ball made it's way out to the edge of the area Austin fired home off the underside of the bar for the equaliser - 503 minutes since the last time The Lambs conceded a goal. (1-1 , 39 mins)
Enver-Marum won another corner on the right on 42 with a deflected shot off Briscoe but a push in the area halted proceedings in favour of Tamworth.
On 44, Christie saw his cross deflected behind for a right sided flag kick which Knowles gathered at height from his defenders attempted clearing header .
Two minutes added time was shown at the end of the first half and Briscoe had to be quick to slide in to deny Taylor's shot from the left of the box, conceding a corner in the process which was wasted by Borough.
Eastbourne for the second half away with towards their small band of travelling supporters Tamworth now kicking downhill towards the Castle End.
Sheridan put a boot in to clear the danger from a long throw and play switched straight to the opposite half with Wright doing well to get the ball into the box before Christie was dispossessed for a corner by the teahut.
Smith met the ball at the far post with a header and Wright tried to hook it into the far corner but found his way blocked by a couple of defenders. Tamworth kept possession but the offside flag brought a temporary halt to proceedings shortly after.
A freekick which came off Shaw's head almost crept in at the far post with Frankem at full stretch but went out for a left sided flag kick on 51 and Wylde headed it behind for another. Enver-Marum's far post header was nodded away by Smith and another long throw from Armstrong went harmlessly into Fankem's grasp with Borough looking the livelier of the two sides.
Tait denied Crabb with a telling challenge on 53 as he pushed into the box and Tamworth broke through Sheridan but his low ball into the box was easy for Knowles.
Jankins questioned the colour of the referee's assistant's shirt with some choice language on 55 as Tamworth struggled to do anything but defend which brought a quick double change in personnel for The Lambs in a bid to reshape and reassert themselves on the game.
Murdock quickly got involved but conceded a foul for a challenge on Austin on the half way line on 59 which flicked off the head of Enver-Marum and back to Fankem.
Pritchard did well to get a shot away on the turn on the edge of the box on 64 but didn;t do so well with the direction, curling his effort well wide of the mark, and the same player just failed to connect with the ball when Sheridan's attempted pass ricocheted into the box on 66.
Murdock made a surging run along the left by-line on 67 and forced the ball into the box but it evaded Chrsitie and Smith, waiting to tap it home, and the chance was cleared by the borough defence as The Lambs tried their hardest to turn the screw.
A telling challenge from Wylde denied the run of Enver-Maurm into the area on 71 and on 76 when Crabb squared the ball across the face of the box for Armstrong, Smith earned himself a booking for the challenge on the latter, setting up Enver-Marum with a freekick from a central position inside the D which he lifted over the wall and also the bar.
A Shaw freekick on the left was headed goalward by Smith and with Knowles beaten Matt Crabb had to do the honours of hoofing it off the line to deny him then Christie passed the ball across the area from the left wing and it was just too strong for Sheridan to do anything other than divert it back to Knowles.
Murdock did well to beat his marker on 83 but was unable to beat the second man as he made his way into the box from the right wing.
With the minutes ticking down Gary Wilson made his second sub of the game.
Enver-Marum saw his right footed angled strike deflect off Briscoe for a corner on 89 but then needed treatment in the box having fallen to the floor unhindered after his strike and the corner came in with only 10 Borough players on the pitch. Shaw headed it behind for another flag kick which was cleared and three minutes added time was shown as Austin received a booking as did Tait shortly after both for separate incidents in the centre of the park.
A last ditch freekick for Tamworth was won by the left corner flag in the 94th minute which Shaw fired in and when Wylde and Knowles went of the ball they both ended up on the ground, earning the Lambs man a yellow card in the process and a brief case of handbags in the box before the final whistle blew on a point a piece
Fankem, Tait, Smith C (capt), Wylde, Wright (Murdock 58), MacKenzie (Blackwood 58), Pritchard, Sheridan, Shaw, Briscoe, Christie
Subs: Lyttle, Langdon, Lake-Gaskin
Eastbourne Borough Team:
Knowles, Jenkins, Austin, Pullan, Armstrong (capt), Enver-Marum, Crabb M, Johnson, Crabb N (Smith D 86), Taylor (Smart 78), Elphick
Subs: Baker, Weatherstone, Jordan
Man of the Match: Chosen by J. Clarke Transport: Bradley Pritchard
Referee: D. Handley