Daqggers defeat for 10 men Lambs
21 January 2006
Lambs boss Mark Cooper took another player in on loan following the departure of Nick Wright back to Blues. The new face in the Tamworth line up being Matthew Williams, on loan for one month, from Notts County with four changes being made to the side that played Stoke on Tuesday night. Carl Heggs and Steve Melton were both rested, while Nathan Jackson was suspended (due to two yellow cards whilst on loan at Stourport). Nick Wright, who impressed in his short time with The Lambs had returned to Birmingham City.
Dagenham made the most of the early exchanges with Paul Bruce having a right footed effort at Scott Bevan on 3 minutes which was easy for the Lambs ‘keeper.
Tamworth grew with each passing minute and Danny Davidson did well to turn his marker and get into a shooting position in the left of the area, but his shot was tame and easy for Tony Roberts.
Williams and Davidson combined well on 9 minutes but the former Crawley and Stafford striker’s shot come shot was headed away for the first corner of the game which lead to nothing.
Graham Ward and Wiliams combined well on 11 and it took the feet of Roberts to deny Williams a debut goal with Ward just too far behind to finish the loose ball.
But Dagenham took the lead on 14 minutes when Chris Moore turned and struck a sweet left footed effort from inside the penalty area past Bevan following a long throw from the left. (0-1)
Glen Southam should have doubled his sides lead on 19 but somehow directed his header wide of the post with Bevan beaten following a well flighted ball in from the right by Moore.
Williams burst through the home defence on 25 from an inch perfect ball but Roberts got down first to deny the on loan Magpies man.
A freekick 15 yards out by Bruce forced Bevan to deflect the ball out for a corner on 29 although the Tamworth custodian didn’t look particularly troubled by the dipping effort.
Tresor Kandol forced another corner for the home side on 32 with a great run into the box and shot which Bevan had to shepherd out and Craig Mackail-Smith should have done better with a half hit strike at Bevan seconds later but the ball rolled invitingly into Bevan’s arms from 15 yards out.
On 40 Davidson made a strong run into the box, but really should have squared to Scott Rickards on the other side of the area and the pace of the ball after his extra tounch took the ball out of play.
Tamworth equalised on 42 through Williams. Davidson crossed high from the left and Williams planted a header past Roberts with the Daggers defence failing to cope with the danger. (1-1)
Tamworth came out fighting at the start of the second half. Davidson created two chances for himself and the second was deflected out for a Lambs corner which almost missed everyone as it whipped across the face of goal to safety.
Adie Smith conceded a free kick on 50 on the right of the area by the by line but Bevan cleared and from 25 yards Sam Saunders tried his luck with a looping effort but the ball flew harmlessly wide of the goal.
Dave Bampton forced another Lambs corner on 52 but Matt Redmile’s back post header was cleared off the line.
At the other end of the field, Bevan survived a scare on 55 when Mackail-Smith’s attempted lob from 8 yards out following a chipped forward freekick cleared his bar.
Ward had to be quick to clear the ball off the feet of the in-rushing Scot Griffiths on the hour and cleared the danger at the expense of a corner, which after some dangerous play by the home side eventually broke to Rickards. His square ball found Williams but the home defence conceded a corner which was then cleared off the line as The Lambs tried to forced the ball home.
It was end to end stuff at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium as Moore found space to cross on 63 but Smith hooked his theateneing ball clear for a corner.
From the flag kick Tamworth conceded their second of the afternoon and it was Moore who had the relative easy chance of slotting home from two yards after Kandol and Mackail-Smith had combined to set up the easy chance which The Lambs defence should really have dealt with in the first instance. (1-2)
Williams should have equalised again on 69 but his close range header went over the bar and Kandol was guilty of a similar crime on 72 for the home side from 6 yards out.
Eddie Anaclet moved from left to right and Stamps from left back to left midfield with the introduction of Jimmy Turner on 79 minutes as Cooper tried to mix things up in the final throws of the game as his side went in search of a point.
But once again a battling Lambs display failed to bear any fruit meaning Tuesday’s game at lowly Forest Green is even more
Bampton picked up a 10th yellow card of the season on 87 meaning a suspension is due for the midfielder and on 89 tempers flared after a crunching tackle on the Tamworth man resulting in a booking for both Bruce and Stamps and a bizarre second yellow for Bampton sending him from the field of play.
Anaclet, Ward, Bampton, Rickards (Turner 79)
Stamps, Smith, Redmile, Tuohy
Subs: Heggs, Storer, Cooper, Gayle
Mackail-Smith, Bruce, Southam, Saunders
Griffiths, Blackett, Uddin, Foster
Subs: Hogan, Cole, Vickers, Marwa, Clark
Yellow Cards: Anaclet 76, Saunders 78, Bampton 87, Bampton 90, Stamps 90, Bruce 90
Red Cards: (Bampton 90)