Carey-Bertram penalty separates sides
07 February 2009After a fantastic effort to clear the pitch of snow on Friday the crunch game between The Lambs and the Bucks went ahead as planned, and with it two ‘debuts’ for Gary Mills’ side. It was only one of two games going ahead in the league – the other being Southport v Hyde.
With Gareth Sheldon suspended for the game Stuart Nicholson made his full debut after scoring against Kings Lynn and Mark Rawle returned to the Lamb after a four year absence, having made three appearances under then manager Mark Cooper. Matt Birley was the player to make way from the win over the Linnets in the other change to the side.
A bumper crowd, swelled by a large travelling contingent enjoying the winter sun welcomed both sides to the field. The Lambs kicked off proceedings towards the Castle End and an early chance came for Shaw who curled the ball into the danger area but Young collected.
On 4 Pritchard hit a low effort from the left of the area which was easy for Young and a back header form Rawle caused some problems for the visitors which they cleared.
The ball fell kindly for Rawle on 9 after his initial trap bounced to Pritchard who returned the ball but he was unable to direct his snap shot toward goal and put the ball behind.
At the other end Carey-Bertram saw his shot deflected off The Lambs defence for a corner but Alcock collected at height.
With 15 gone, Tamworth were shading it on possession and Nicholson got his first attempt at goal of the game away from the edge of the area but Young took the shot easily again.
There was almost celebrations on 18 as Rodman chipped the ball to the far post and Nicholson met it perfectly with a downward header, but Young tipped the ball onto the post and the United defence quickly got rid of the danger.
A foul by Cowan on Rodman as he tried to break through the back two set up McAughtrie with a freekick chance from 20 yards dead centre from goal, and although he got some power on it, it curled wide of the mark.
Rodman crossed onto the head of Rawle from the right hand flag on 28, but Rawle coulnd’t keep his header down and the ball went over the bar for a goal kick.
Nicholson won a freekick by the clubhouse on 29 as Tamworth continued to look the more comfortable and Shaw’s dead ball was headed behind for a Lambs corner.
It came to nothing, but another foul on Nicholson gave Shaw another dead ball to strike on the half hour which Young punched clear.
A late challenge on Lyttle saw Carey-Bertram go into the ref’s notebook on 31 and gave Tamworth another freekick this time on the other side of the field but Young was untroubled by Foster’s low shot.
Langdon upended Vermiglio on 33 on the edge of the area as the ball ran free and received an unquestionable yellow card for his tackle. The free kick fell to Edwards but he only managed in causing some of the away fans to fear for their personal safety with his wayward effort into the away stand.
On 37 a short backpass by Smith allowed Carey-Betram to burst onto the loose ball and round Alcock, but under pressure for the covering defenders the Telford striker sliced his shot at a virtually open goal onto the top of the cross bar in a major let off for The Lambs.
Langdon raised an arm when the ball came in from the right and was adjudged by the referee and linesman to have been intentional. As it was in the box Telford won the penalty and Carey-Bertram made up for his earlier mistake by slotting home the spot kick on 43 low to Alcock’s left to give the visitors the lead. (0-1, 43 mins)
Three minutes added time at the end of the first half was shown and Pritchard latched onto a Rawle through ball but again Young was well placed and took the low drive comfortably.
Mark Danks hit a good shot from the left of the area after a minute or so of the second period which forced Alcock to parry while at the other end a foul on Rawle set Shaw up on the left of the area with a freekick. Rodman got his head to the ball and forced Young to push it wide of the goal, but a foul as the ball skipped around the crowded box halted proceedings.
Another foul, this time on Rodman on the edge of the area by Liam Blakeman set The Lambs up with another dead ball chance on 52 and Rodman struck it, but was off target with his effort.
One time Lamb Phil Trainer replaced the injured Blakeman shortly after as Tamworth kept up the pressure and won a corner on 55 but it came to nothing.
Rawle won another flagkick on the left on 59 which McAughtrie tried to get his head to and as the ball ran free Foster hit a long range shot just over the bar.
Rodman required treatment for the second time in the game just past the hour mark but came back on as play halted again when Rawle won the ball off Lee Moore in the centre of the park only to be penalised for a foul.
Moore couldn’t continue so Rob Smith made another change to his side and Prictahrd forced Young to save low at his near post with a low cross from the right, while Danks hit a strong effort at Alcock shortly after which forced the Lambs custodian to parry before collecting.
Foster took the brunt of a two footed challenge from Trainer on 69 and Rodman was felled by Lee Vaughan on the edge of the area on 70 picking up a booking in the process. Once again Shaw stepped up but his chipped freekick was headed away. The Lambs did get a corner as Rodman chased the loose ball and took it short, Lyttle crossing in, and Foster sent the return ball into the danger area but no one could connect.
Gary Mills made his first change with 15 remaining as Jake Sheridan replaced Pritchard and Rodman went won for the third time on 79 obviously still feeling discomfort after the first half challenge and Nick Wright took to the field after his injury enforced absence.
And so into the final 10 minutes. With freekicks peppering play both sides were struggling to maintain any momentum and so with another break in play on 87 for a Telford player needing treatment Michael Wylde replaced Rawle for Tamworth.
Edwards picked up a booking for taking a throw whilst his teammate returned to the pitch despite not being called back on by the referee.
Six minutes added time reflected the amount of stoppages in the game and Nicholson almost prodded home from close range only to be denied by a last ditch clearance which won Tamworth a corner but Young rose highest to collect.
Carey-Bertram tried a shot on 95 but screwed it well wide and the visiting fans started to whistle loudly and time unfortunately ran out for Tamworth.
Alcock, Lyttle, Langdon, Smith C., McAughtrie, Foster, Nicholson, Shaw, Rawle (Wylde 87), Rodman (Wright 81), Pritchard
Subs: Birley, Burgess
AFC Telford United Team:
Young, Vaughan, Edwards, Cowan, Whitehead, Blakeman (Trainer 53), Adams, Vermiglio, Carey-Bertram, Danks (Fearns 73), Moore (Nwadike 67)
Subs: Turner, Khela
Match Sponsors: Drive Assist / SOL Corporate Rental and The Goalden Gate Lottery
Man of the Match: Alex Rodman
Referee: Mr. Richard Bartlett (Sale)