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Cooper strikes to lift Lambs

FT: Tamworth 1    0 Canvey Island

08 April 2006

A solitary goal from Lambs boss Mark Cooper gave the Lambs their second win in less than a week to ease the pressure slightly as the dogfight at the base of the table continued.
With Carl Heggs injured from the victory over Aldershot, Dave Bampton and Peter Folkes unavailable due to injury and suspension, Cooper made three changes from Tuesday night. Tommy Johnson, who scored what turned out to be the winner came into the starting eleven, while Bob Taylor dropped to the bench alongside a returning Michael Tuohy. Nathan Jackson did not feature with Cooper coming back after a one game suspension.

The game started quite slowly with both sides struggling to make any inroads toward either goal keeper.
The first action of any kind came in the 14th minute when Sean Bowles had to stretch at his far post to collect a long corner by the visitors.
On 20 Danny Davidson connected but not hard enough with a long freekick and Danny Potter in the Islander’s goal collected at his feet.
Cooper stepped up to fire a free kick dead centre from 30 yards on 24 but it went straight through to Potter causing him no trouble.
An incisive move involving Kyle Storer and Dominic Roma on 29 saw the young midfielder with the ball at his feet in the area, but a blocking tackle denied him a shooting chance.
Johnson ran onto and struck fiercely a through ball by Graham Ward on 36 but Potter batted his effort away and although Johnson headed the ball back in Potter knocked the ball off Davidson’s head as the ball turned goalward.
Lee Boylan found space 30 yards out on 41 to half volley a dipping drive but it flew just wide of Bowles’ post and out to safety.
HT: 0-0
Dominic Roma was denied a penalty on 48 when he appeared to be brought down by Dwayne Clarke as he burst into the area but shouts were not loud and the referee waved play on.
Cooper tried his luck again with a free kick from distance on 54 but it deflected off the wall for the fifth Lambs corner of the game. Redmile headed the ball at goal from the flag kick and Potter pushed the effort over the bar but was The Lambs defender was penalized for a push in the build up.
Mario Noto fired a freekick straight at Bowles on the hour mark as Canvey started to push forward more than they had in the previous 60 minutes.
Another Cooper freekick on 65 slightly to the left of centre went straight in from 35 yards and caused the Lamb to erupt – he struck the ball sweetly and Potter could do nothing to stop it squeezing in between his despairing dive and the near post. 1-0
The rain and hail then started to sheet down at The Lamb causing many fans on the terraces to seek shelter from the elements and the floodlights to come in as darkness fell.
Noto forced Bowles to tip over direct from a corner on 76 and Adie Smith put the ball behind for another flag kick as Canvey pressed for an equalizer.
Tamworth though, didn’t look phased by the visitors efforts and worked hard to clear any danger thrown at them.
A lengthy injury to Potter stopped play as time ran out and The Lambs had to play through 4 minutes of added time but saw it out with another great performance by the whole side to record their second league double in two games and more importantly an important and morale boosting step away from the relegation zone.

Davidson, Johnson (Taylor 81)
Stamps, Storer, Cooper, Ward, Roma
Smith, Neilson, Redmile

Subs: Dryden, Reid, Gayle, Tuohy

Canvey Island:
Hallett (Ibe 78), Boylan
Keeling (Minton 83), Noto (Tait 83), Clarke, Kennedy
Bimson, Chenery, McGhee, Conroy
Subs: McKinney, Dolan

Goals: Cooper 65

Yellow Cards: Johnson 45, Smith 72, Kennedy 72
Red Cards:
Att: 1156

MOM: Voted by today’s sponsors: J Clarke Transport, Smurfit Kappa, Tamworth Baptist Church: Kyle Storer and Mark Cooper

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