Dead Ball Nightmare in Essex
19 August 2006
Tamworth travelled to Glyn Hopkin Stadium for their third conference fixture of the new season hoping for a change in fortunes after two straight defeats.
Cooper dropped defensive stalwart Matt Redmile, replacing him with new signing Simon Weaver while Kyle Storer came in for Alan Neilson. Sean Bowles and Dave Bampton (both injured) both gave their places up to James Dormand and Emmet Friars respectively.
But after just 4 minutes The Lambs found themselves 1-0 down – Anwar Uddin the grateful recipient, heading home after the defence failed to deal with a Sam Sunders free kick. (0-1)
Ten minutes later and things went from bad to worse - Sam Sloma finished off another Saunders free kick with the Tamworth defence nowhere to be seen. (0-2)
John McGrath left the field with a foot injury shortly before half time, and then another dead ball was the Lambs undoing on 54 with Saunders again the provider - Cliff Akurang rising unhindered to head home a corner to make it 3-0.
And the same players combined shortly after, Saunders setting up Akurang with a header, this time from a free kick on the right to make it 4-0 on 67.
And finally, James Dormand hobbled off with 10 to go bring Bowles back into the fray despite being rested due to a back problem.
McGrath (Neilson 45), Storer, Ward, Stevenson
Friars, Weaver, Smith A (Kemp 73), Laws
Dormand (Bowles 80)
Subs: Cooper, Ridgway
Yellow Cards: Friars (73)
Dagenham and Redbridge
Roberts, Foster, Uddin, Sloma, Leberl, Rainford, Southam, Akurang (Lettejallon 86), Saunders (Atieno 82), Mackail-Smith (Griffths 78), Benson
Subs: Batt, Howgan
Yellow Cards: Sloma (9)