End to end stuff ends with a point a piece
03 October 2006
Lambs boss Mark Cooper was full of praise for his side despite their 1-0 reversal to Cambridge United on Saturday but was without two previously key players for the trip to ‘The Rec’ – Gavin McAllum and Bradley Thomas (who didn’t play on Saturday) whose loan spells had expired. So Cooper moved quickly to bring in two new faces – Thomas Harban and Ryan Laight – both of them from Barnsley and both just approaching 21 years old. Matt Williams who had been sent off against The U’s was forced to sit the game out due to suspension.
With these in mind there was just one other change to the side with Adie Smith not featuring (Simon Weaver taking the captains armband) - Steve Burton came in to attack as Tamworth looked for their first win in six games.
With drizzling rain making for slippy conditions, the first chance on goal came on 5 minutes, one-time Lamb Louis Soares burst through midfield, passed it wide, Ryan Williams crossed to the far post and Marcus Gayle headed back into the area and Soares headed over Sean Bowles’ goal from 12 yards out.
The Shot’s kept possession in the Lambs half for the opening 10 minutes, but lacked a quality ball in the final third.
Graeme Law had to be replaced after just 12 minutes by Graham Ward with what looked like cramp or a strain in his leg and the Lambs regrouped in an unwanted, but necessary change in midfield.
On 17 Williams tried a shot from the edge of the area, but it was easy for Bowles, diving to his left to collect.
And it was bad news for the small band of traveling fans when Joel Grant hit the back of the net with a text book header on 19. The ball in came from the dangerous Williams and Grant was placed perfectly to direct it past Bowles, at the near post. (0-1)
A first corner came on 23 minutes, John McGrath firing it into the danger area, but Aldershot broke, and Williams won his side a corner at the other end and it just evaded the head of Dave Winfield, looking for his side’s second of the night.
The Lambs defence was left wanting again on 32 minutes, again from an Aldershot corner, and goalscorer Grant was kicking himself for not getting his header on target from close range.
But Tamworth countered and Steve Burton headed the ball over Nikki Bull and onto the top of the net from Weaver’s right wing cross.
Soares then found space in the box only to fire over the bar while Tamworth struggled to make any meaningful roads forward although there were invariably most of the oppositions men behind the ball.
Tamworth then caught the home defence napping and equalised on 43 minutes, Kyle Sorer pushed the ball through for Steve Burton and he chipped over Bull with relative ease for his first in a Lambs shirt.
Burton forced Bull into tipping the ball over the bar shortly after with a well struck left foot effort and from the Weaver headed home to make it 2-1.
In stoppage time Grant almost made it 2-2, but Bowles managed to divert his delicate chip onto the post and recovered.
Aldershot came out of the blocks quickly in the second period and equalized on 49 minutes courtesy of a Marcus Gayle header after The Lambs had twice failed to clear the danger, initially conceding a corner. (2-2)Aldershot came out of the blocks quickly in the second period and equalized on 49 minutes courtesy of a Marcus Gayle header after The Lambs had twice failed to clear the danger, initially conceding a corner. (2-2)
Aldershot came out of the blocks quickly in the second period and equalized on 49 minutes courtesy of a Marcus Gayle header after The Lambs had twice failed to clear the danger, initially conceding a corner. (2-2)
And Gayle made it 3-2 on 52, firing the ball home after lapse Lambs defending allowed Soares to cross from the right leaving Gayle free in the centre of the area with time to turn and strike.
Another enforced Tamworth substitution saw Emmet Friars go off injured, bringing Joe Kendrick into the fray on 56 as the play went from end to end, albeit tipping slightly in the home sides’ favour and Grant put the ball in the net on 61, but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Tamworth continued to come forward and when the ball ran free Kyle Storer brought the tie level once again with a wonderful strike from 35 yards on 63 and it was then anyone’s game. (3-3)
New-boy Harban forced Bull into a point blank save with a bullet header on 70 minutes and The Lambs defence had to be on it’s mettle to deny Grant an opportunity of scoring and Winfield headed wide on 73 as the tie continued to swing both ways.
Williams deflected a shot from Andy Edwards on 74 which gave Bowles the opportunity to show why he is allowed to use his hands(!) whipping the ball away from his near post when a goal seemed likely and then McGrath let fly on 75 only for Bull to acrobatically bat the ball away to safety.
Williams burst clear on the left 80 and crossed for Soares but his header went straight into the grasp of Bowles before an obviously tired Ward was replaced by Alan Neilson.
Time ticked with no more chances for either side until Atieno struck for goal from close range only for to Bull deny with his feet and four minutes of added time were announced but neither side could muster a winner.
Friars (Kendrick 56), Storer, McGrath, Harban, Law (Ward 12, Neilson 81)
Laight, Kemp, Weaver
Subs: Cooper, Hambleton
Grant, Joel (Grant, John 75), Gayle
Edwards, Soares, Newman (Harding 84), Lee (Scott 72)
Barnard, Winfield, Edwards, Smith
Subs: Wells, Anderson
Goals: Joel Grant, 19, Burton 43, Weaver 45, Gayle 49, Storer 63
Yellow Cards: Storer 42, Harban 66, McGrath 90
Red Cards: none
Att: not known at present