Aggborough celebrates first victory over Lambs in 26 years.
05 November 2011
Both teams came into the game following diametrically opposed weeks in the FA Cup, Marcus Law's side were celebrating a place in the first round and a local derby away at Hinckley, while Steve Burr's Harriers were out to put things back on track after a shaky October and hefty defeat to lowly Corby in a midweek replay.
Law made two changes to the side that defeated The Linnets, with Francino Francis and Iyseden Christie coming in, and of course there are a number of ex-Lambs at Aggborough - captain Michael Briscoe in the starting eleven, Nick Wright on the bench and Tom Marshall and Kyle Storer not featuring.
Harriers for the game underway kicking towards the Lambs fans but St. Aimie got a shot away early on which lead to some early pressure on Breeden in the home goal.
Green was positioned at right back and Thomas had a new pair of striking fluorescent green boots as the Lambs pushed on and Francis flashed a header off the top of the cross bar inside three minutes.
However after the early signs, a penalty was awarded on 6 when Williams was brought down by Francis and Vaughan hit his spot kick into the far left away from Hedge's outstretched dive. (0-1, 6 mins)
Then Bird put a glancing header towards the far post and Hedge pulled off a great save to deny him. The Lambs were forced to defend strongly from the flag kick. Briscoe found himself prostrate on the floor from a hefty but fair challenge and a head injury to Guinan saw him leave the field for a brief period.
The Lambs were now being made to work very hard for possession and Guinan punished them with a 15 yard finish past Hedge into the keeper's right hand side of the goal, on 18. The ball had barely left the final third of the field for 5 minutes and it was a deserved reward for the endeavour (0-2, 18 mins).
Gitting was booked for a challenge on Cain on 22 and Smith took the freekick, but it bounced once and went out of play.
Some words of ‘encouragement' from the Tamworth dugout were heard shortly afterwards, and after a period of midfield battle in which neither side could really claim to have the edge, Tamworth won a corner on the half hour, and Francis's header was well blocked and put behind for another which was cleared.
Thomas was spoken to on 34 for a challenge which earned the home side a freekick and the ball was worked forwards, eventually ending up in Hedge's hands from a Vaughan cross on the right.
At the other end a good ball into the box was just missed by Patterson, although the close proximity of of defenders did little to help his cause.
Christie managed a shot on target on 39 but Breeden was more than equal to the weak shot from 6 yards which came from a St. Aimie ball on the right.
A good run into the heart of the home defence on 44 by Cain put the ball to Thomas on the left and he struck a rising shot just wide of the near post and into the side / top netting.
One minute added time was shown at the end of the first half.
Law made two changes at half time, Tait and Shariff coming on for St. Aimie and Patterson and the second period got underway with a bang as a player on each side picked up a booking for separate incidents inside the first two minutes.
A headedback pass under pressure by Francis on 53 saw Hedge come out and just manage to handle it inside the area before the inrushing attacker caused more problems, and on 56 Williams almost got a shot away from 8 yards but a combination of Kanyuka and Francis denied him.
Smith was booked after a game of push me pull you on the half way line on the 61 and while Tamworth looked more lively that in the majority of the first half, in the next move a goal was not forthcoming as Cain curled an effort in only to see it headed over his own bar by a home defender.
And on 64 Christie was well placed for Tait's cushioned ball into the box but put his header wide of the mark.
Tait directed a header high over the target from a left wing cross on 71 but the Lambs yellow card count was added a minute later when Shariff put in a challenge which was not admired by the man in the middle.
From a corner on 73 McDonald fired low and wide of the far post from the left side of the box, and the pressure ebbed and flowed but mainly The Lambs were unable to find a final couple of touches when they had the ball into the final third.
At the other end Hedge punched a high ball then left his comfort zone to block the shot of Gittings and as Harriers tried to push the ball back in Christie was penalised for a tackle on the far side with another booking.
The home side then conspired to put two headers over the bar although William's second was probably the easier of the chances, and the same attacker then saw his shot cleared off the line, prodding it under the advancing Hedge on to see it thwarted by Kanyuka's clearance.
As the clock ticketed over for four minutes added time, it looked increasingly unlikely that The Lambs would be able to prevent Harriers from recording their first win over Tamworth since 1985/86 even though Christie rose to put a header in at Breeden (which he gladly took) in front of the 198 travelling fans, and then the whistle blew to confirm it.
Hedge, Habergham, Francis , Smith (McDonald 68), Cain, St. Aimie (Tait HT), Thomas, Patterson (Shariff HT), Green, Bradley, Kanyuka
Substitutes: Mills, Barrow
Yellow Cards: Francis 6, Green 47, Smith 61, Shariff 72, Christie 83
Kidderminster Harriers Team:
Breeden, Vaughan, Phelan (Vincent 90), Hankin (Wright 80), Guinan, Williams, Sharpe, Briscoe, Gittings, Demetriou, Bird
Substitutes: Jones, Matt, Lyness
Yellow Cards: Gittings 21, Phelan 47
Referee: Mr. R. Joyce (North Yorkshire)