Everyone back to The Lamb!
19 January 2010
On the back of a superb victory against Oxford at the weekend, Gary Mills took his squad to Gainsborough for their rearranged 2nd Round FA Trophy tie - with the winners away to Guiseley in the next round, scheduled for January 30th.
With Danny Alcock suffering from a ligament pull and Dale Belford out with a hand injury Mills was forced to give a debut to previously untried Chamberlin Fankem in goal. Chris Smith returned from suspension, while Nick Wright took a place on the bench after coming off against Oxford in two changes from Saturday's team.
Brian Little's Trinity side - with only one player in the squad without football league experience - other than wins in the FA Trophy over North Ferriby and a surprise upset against Southport to set up the game against the Lambs, were struggling in the Blue Square North, positioned around the relegation zone.
On the bench for Trinity was an ex-Lamb in Darren Mansaram who scored for Tamworth against Grays in Sept 2005 on his debut whilst on loan from Halifax.
Gainsborough got the game underway and a tame header saw Fankem get his first touch after a minute.
The Lambs countered and from a Tait cross on 3 Blackwood missed his kick when well positioned in the area.
A tame back flicked header by Briscoe in the next move almost beat the jump of Fankem but he managed to stretch and catch at height and a minute later he stretched again to gather a deep left wing cross from Dunning.
Trinity looked more settled on the ball from then on and won a freekick midway into teh Lambs half after a foul by Smith. Burbeary put the ball into the area and Smith headed behind for the first corner of the game on 6 which Fankem came to tip away but missed as Parker headed the ball well wide from past the far post.
Good work on the edge of the area by Christie set himself up to fire a shot at goal which Barnes batted away on 9 while the offside flag halted the run of Sheridan out of midfield on 11.
Good passing across the park on 13 set up Tait to fire a deep cross from the right looking for Blackwood but he was beaten to the ball by the last defender who headed it away from danger.
A foul on Pritchard inside the centre circle on 16 gave Tamworth a freekick which Briscoe punted towards the box but Barnes was untroubled and caught easily and Barnes rushed out to deny Christie a touch on a chipped through ball from MacKenzie in the next move with both sides trying hard to play a good passing game.
On 20 Beckett won a corner for the home side which Birscoe headed away and then over his own bar when Burbeary fired it back in for a flag kick on the opposite side which came to nothing.
Shaw took a left sided freekick on 22 which Barnes fumbled but the recovered and although the home side pushed forward, twice Briscoe cleared the danger away with a hefty boot.
A tackle from behind by Shaw on McMahon on 26 sent the Trinity man flying but Burbeary's freekick went to Fankem unhindered from 35 yards out.
Beckett sent a teasing cross just past the far post which The Lambs defence put beind quickly for a corner and when the ball came out to Davies he struck a right foot volley from 30 yards which went just wide of the left hand upright and brought a loud gasp from the fans!
Sheridan forged a path into the area with a run out of midfield with the next move but his shot was off target as Peat required treatment in the middle of the park.
Another good ball from Blackwood seemed to have sent Christie one on one with Barnes on the half hour but he was just offside as he ran through and a handball against Sheridan halted play on the edge of the area on 31 as he shaped to shoot as the ball dropped.
A shot from Blackwood lifted over the bar on 32 and although it went onto the terraces behind the goal, Lambs first team coach driver, Mark, somehow managed to deflect it over the perimeter fence and into the housing estate behind!
Tamworth were now on top but were lacking a touch for a goal, epitomised when the ball fell to Christie, albeit on an angle and he saw his shot deflect off a defender and into Barnes' hands.
That said, Briscoe launched himself at a drive from Burbeary on 36 to block the effort with his body.
There was no messing from the Lambs defence as a whole as they worked extra hard to clear most things coming their way, not allowing the home side much of a sight of goal other than from distance. But on 43 a good move involving five or six Gainsborough players had to be booted away by Blackwood inside the six yard box and a freekick was conceded on the right hand corner of the area on 44 which Peat curled low and wide of the near post.
One minute of added time was shown at the end of the half before the whistle blew.
Brian Little brought Darryn Stamp on for the home side at half time as Tamworth got the second half underway and on 48 a long ball into the area bounced away from both Christie and Sheridan allowing Barnes to collect and Sheridan put the ball in the net on 50 but has already been flagged offside when the pass came through.
Tamworth pushed on and kept the home side penned into their half for the net few minutes however when Peat chested the ball away from MacKenzie in the middle of the park Gainsborough searched for a way through of their own until the linesman's flag denied them.
Sheridan wipped the ball into the area on 56 but it was booted away and when Tait went for the loose ball Peat lunged in, causing a mass of players to converge on the scene, which earned both a booking but The Lambs won the freekick on the right corner of the area which MacKenzie took right footed only for McMahon to boot away.
McMahon but the ball inside to Davies from the left wing on the hour and his shot rebounded off Shaw kindly for Stamp to head for goal, but he got it all wrong and could only put the ball behind with a misdirected header.
Wright came on for Blackwood for the final half hour and Tamworth went in search of a goal but Sheridan could only strike into the hoardings with a shot from the left of the area on 62.
A sense of frustration by both sides caused the ball to ping around the pitch with unconvincing purpose for the next few minutes as lake-Gaskin warmed up on the touchline, coming on for MacKenzie on 67, and the foul count started to climb, mainly for the home side.
Stamp put a header at the far post towards goal on 68 and Fankem, under pressure, missed his catch but Pritchard cleared. The same player then tried his luck from 30 yards on 70 but failed to test Barnes with his right footed effort which whistle wide of the right hand post.
Tenacity from Parker inside The Lambs area won a corner on the right for Gainsborough on 73 and Sheridan cleared off the line from Parker and McMahon combined effort which saw the former prostrate on the floor from the crush that ensued.
Wright got a boot onto a good ball over the defence on 75 but couldn't direct it towards goal enough to threaten.
Fankem had to be quick to smother the loose ball inside his six yard box as Stamp sprinted through to try and get a boot onto a deflected shot on 78.
An eight offside call against Tamworth came when Sheridan strayed half a yard to far forward on 79 while Gainsborough exerted some pressure with the next move out of midfield, down the left wing.
Smith and Christie combined to push the opposite way and Christie was called offside shortly after as Sheridan tried to feed him in the centre of the final third.
Mansaram came on for his debut for Trinity for the final seven minutes of the tie. A potentially dangerous ball into the area by Gainsborough pinballed back to Fankem on 85 before Tamworth won another freekick on the left wing about 35 yards out which Shaw lined up and was headed behind for Tamworth's first corner of the game.
Shaw stepped up again and right footed found Wright but it was pushed out and Shaw's ball looking for Smith at the far post was too long.
With the minutes ticking down to a replay next Tuesday (Jan 26) both sides started to take slight risks and open up a little, as Christie was booked, while Trinity won a freekick in the centre of The Lambs half which Fankem caught easily.
Tait moved forward down the right wing but a push in the area during the resultant throw from Wylde gave Gainsborough the ball back - and three minutes added time was shown.
Another offside went against Tamworth on 92 as Mills called for his players to work hard to the final whistle, not wanting to throw it away with anything silly.
A final punt forward from Briscoe found Lake-Gaskin in the area but he lifted his shot over the bar from 10 yards and the final whistle blew for full time.
Fankem, Tait, Blackwood (Wright 60), Smith, Wylde, MacKenzie (Lake-Gaskin 67), Pritchard, Sheridan, Shaw, Briscoe, Christie
Subs: Lyttle, Langdon, Ulker
Gainsborough Trinity Team:
Barnes, Toulson, Peat, Greaves, Parker, Hunt, Burbeary, Beckett (Stamp HT), McMahon (Mansaram 83), Davies, Dunning
Subs: Mallon, Hall, Herriott (GK)
Referee: Mr. A. Holliday (Ripon)