Cooper not happy as unbeaten run ends at Hereford
27 November 2004
Manager Mark Cooper was furious with Hereford's second goal of the game although he said: "I cannot blame Hereford for playing on as the referee did not stop play, but with Scott Stamps on the floor with a head injury the referee should have blown his whistle." Adie Smith clashed heads with his team mate half an hour into the game which left Stamps on the floor with his head in the hands. Danny Williams surged onto the loose ball and crossed for Lee Mills to head home his side's second goal.
The first goal came after just seven minutes when Redmile's headed clearance from a Hereford corner fell back to Williams who crossed for Tamika Mkandwire to head past Ryan Price.
Goal of the game and almost definitely the season went to Tamworth's Bob Taylor who picked up a loose ball just inside the Hereford half looked up, noticed home 'keeper Craig Mawson a few yards off his line and lobbed him from fully 45 yards.
Hereford had shown the Lambs why they are a good bet for promotion this season with some very good play but Tamworth came back into the game in the second half.
However, the Tamworth bench were incensed on 55 when Matt Redmile received a yellow card for "aggresive climbing" which means he will have to sit out next Saturday's home game. His challenge on Mills saw the home side striker receive treatment on the pitch and then get up and carry on but Redmile, also injured in the challenge was forced to leave the field. Assistant manager Richard Dryden was sent off the bench for a burst of temper.
And four minutes later there was another sending off. Home captain Tony James caught Bob Taylor as he was bearing down on goal and being the last man duly saw the red card.
Tamworth continued to press with Redmile up front and James Francis on as sub but couldn't find a way through the home defence while Hereford continued to play some good attacking football despite their numerical disadvantage.
In the final seconds Price ran the full length of the pitch for a corner and found himself at the wrong end of the field when Mawson realised and launched the ball down field. Thankfully Stamps was on hand to stop the goalbound effort.
"The spirit in the camp is excellent but I feel the game was spoilt by some terrible decisions today. We didn't get a fair crack of the whip but that is all gone and we must look to next Saturday's game now."
Price, A. Smith, Colkin, Redmile, Ebdon, Curtis (Francis 78), Simpson, Stamps, Robinson, Taylor, Turner (N. Smith 90)
Unused: Cooper, Whitman, Storer
Att: 2714 (151 Tamworth)