A real game of two halves in Leicestershire
22 July 2009Tamworth ran out at Sutton Park, Quorn with boss Gary Mills at right back and after a solid display and 90 minutes later Mills completed his first full game in a Lambs shirt for quite some time.
The first half was mostly Tamworth who played a considered passing game and created a number of chances.
Nicholson floated a ball in from the right for Smith who headed against the bar and then Gavin Hurren struck a low ball into the side netting.
A rare attack by the home side saw Peel hit the post from close range but on 22 Hurren's cross from the right was headed powerfully home by Sheridan - his third goal in two games - to make it 1-0.
Nicholson recieved a long ball and went one on one with the keeper but saw his shot saved as a defender closed him down and the a cross from Mills to the far post was met by a Shaw volley. The keeper pushed the ball out past the opposite post for the first of many Lambs corners but nothing came of the dead ball.
A short downpour gave the pitch a slippy surface but it did not hamper Tamworth's forays forward and on 30 Rodman was felled outside the area allowing MacKenzie to hit a free kick at goal which Jones saved well.
The Lambs were forced to play with 10 men for a while when a tackle on Hurren left his nursing his ankle and it proved too much for him to continue, bringing Pritchard into the fray on 35.
Sheridan shot past the upright with a right footed shot shortly after and an overhead attempt from Rodman took a deflection for a corner shortly before the half time whistle blew.
Quorn came out for the second half and immediately looked a different side, preventing Tamworth from continuing their previously good skills on the ball with a more determined attitude to the game.
Rodman did manage an early shot wide of the mark, but on 50 Papparozzi ghosted in at the far post unmarked to fire home the equaliser after The Lambs had failed to cut out a cross from the right.
A foul on Rodman allowed MacKenzie a freekick which went over the bar and immediately after this Sheridan and Rodman were replaced by two trialists - Tryone Emery and Seb Lake-Gaskin who occupied and worked hard on the left and right wings respectively.
Alcock was forced to save a near post shot from Peel just after the hour mark and on 72 Wright and Wylde replaced Nicholson and Blackwood as Quorn continued to make numerous substitutions.
Wright added a new look to the Tamworth attack and showed some good touches, but on 80 Quorn looked to have scored again when a free-kick, taken twice, was parried by Alcock into the path of Pollard who hit home from close range only to see it ruled out by the linesman's flag.
Wright and Pritchard somehow missed a high ball to the far post in the final minutes but won a corner and Wright's lunging header went wide of the mark from the flag kick and in the dying seconds a good tackle denied Lake-Gaskin from shooting at goal from Wright's pass into the area and although a corner was won Emery's header was saved by the keeper shortly before the referee blew for full time.
Alcock, Mills, Blackwood (Wylde 72), Smith, Briscoe, MacKenzie, Sheridan (Emery 60), Shaw, Nicholson (Wright 72), Rodman (Lake-Gaskin 60), Hurren (Pritchard 35)
Unused: Lyttle, Belford
Jones, White, Peel, Keast, Matthews, Marriott, Robinson, Turner, Wright, Pollard, Papparozzi
Subs: Fitzpatrick, Shaw, North, Brown, Richardson, Moran, Richards, Langham