Blustery Moors blow away Lambs hopes
01 March 2008
Tamworth went into their game with Solihull Moors looking to build on the previous weeks performance against Aldershot and pick up three valuable points.
Graeme Law came in for the suspended Des Lyttle while jonti Richter played through the pain barrier but Dave Bampton was unable to start for fear of adverse reaction to his ankle injury.
However, Gary Mills' side ultimately paid the price for missing good chances in the blustery conditions which made playing difficult for both sides.
It took a while for both sides to settle into the game with the cold wind, low sun and hard pitch making it less than easy to control the ball or indeed the game although Tamworth had the first chance on the half hour mark when Nick Wright burst onto a through ball. But despite being seemingly tripped by ex-Lamb Carl Motteram his penalty appeal was waved away by referee Mr Law.
Minutes later and Mr Law repeated the call when Adie Smith tangled with Andy Ducros in the Lambs area.
On 35 Darren Middleton forced a parried stop from Alex Cisak before the best chance of the half fell to Colin Marrison - Moors keeper Daniel Crane rushed out of his area and missed his kick leaving the ball at Marrison's feet and although the Lambs striker put a shot at goal it was too weak and easily cleared.
Then just before the break a superb run from Wright down the left finished with a cross into the area which was inches away from Gareth Sheldon's head before going out past the far post.
Soon after the start of the second half Jonti Richter fed Wright who in turn crossed for Marrison at the far post, but his header struck the woodwork and rebounded out. Tamworth exerted more pressure winning two corners in close succession, one of which forced Crane to tip the ball over his bar.
But on 62 The Lambs defence failed to deal with the threat down the right wing and Phil Midworth got a boot onto the ball to send it into the area which Dale Anderson dived at and glanced into the net with his head (0-1).
Crane denied another surging run and shot from Wright a minute later and Sheldon caused Crane to fumble his long range effort on 75.
Former Tamworth player Lee Ayres tripped substitute Jamie Reed mid flow with 10 remaining to earn himself a yellow card (one of 5 in the game) but there was no way back for The Lambs and despite a push for an equaliser and some late pressure the final whistle blew on a disappointing defeat for Tamworth.
Crane, Midworth, Motteram, Collins, Ayres, Gould, Ducros, Middleton, Anderson, Hollis (Davidson 83), English
Unused: Moore, Streete, Faulds, McPhee
Cisak, Law, Smith, Briscoe, McAughtrie, Foster, Richter (Reed 66), Nurse, Marrison, Wright, Sheldon
Unused: Williams, Sheridan, Seal, Jones
Yellow Cards: Gould 43, Nurse 73, Foster 75, Ayres 80, Davidson 89
Att: 495 (at least half of which were from TFC)
Referee: Mr G. Law (Leicester)