Goalless draw means Lambs must wait on other factors to decide their fate.
29 April 2006
Tamworth entertained Crawley Town at The Lamb on the final day of the season with everything to play for. Tamworth had to do the same as both Forest Green and Scarborough to ensure they finished out of the bottom two and nerves were at a height at The Lamb.
Mark Cooper made three changes to the side that lost to champions Accrington last Saturday with Matthew Williams back at Notts County, Danny Davidson out through injury but BobTaylor and Tris Whitman, who spent part of the season on loan, came into the eleven in attack.
Under spring sunshine, the game kicked off and Tamworth made their intentions known from the off with some purposeful passing, but didn’t threaten in the early exchanges and it was Crawley who almost opened the scoring on 8 minutes but it took a last ditch tackle from Matt Redmile to deny Neil Jenkins a chance of a shot at goal.
The Lambs first corner came on 20 through sheer persistence from Whitman but Tamworth couldn’t capitalise on their pressure from the flag kick.
Adie Smith and Robert Kembler clashed heads on 22 requiring some lengthy treatment to the Lambs defender on the field and thankfully Smith got up and continued his role at the back.
Crawley’s Leo Mendy picked up a yellow card for reacting to a challenge against Cooper on 30 and Jamie Cade saw his name go in the book for blocking the free kick.
Storer had the Lambs first shot at goal on 32, but fired wide after a good knock down by Michael Touhy but volleyed well wide from outside the area.
A good run and shot by Dominic Roma brought another Lambs corner but Taylor’s header was blocked on the line by Whitman who was shielding visiting ‘keeper Phil Smith on 36.
Lee Blackburn tried a speculative over head kick at Sean Bowles goal on 40 and the Lambs countered but a Storer freekick was headed away eventually resulting in a corner, which Redmile headed well wide.
Four minutes added time at the end of the first half came with news that Forest Green had gone a goal up at Stevenage and Jack McLeod shot well wide after a flowing move through the Lambs defence.
Crawley forced an early corner in the second period and Michael Bostwick had a golden opportunity but sliced his shot from close range wide of the post.
Shortly after, Adie Smith succumbed to his earlier knock to the head and was replaced by Peter Folkes.
Cooper then played in Taylor who turned well in the area but shot agonizingly into the side netting from the left of the 6 yard box.
On 62 Tuohy found space to shoot at Phil Smith, but screwed his shot wide of the right hand upright.
As time ticked by chances were hard to come by and Cooper gambled by bringing another forward into the play – Nathan Jackson replacing midfielder Roma on 65.
Bowles had to parry a speculative effort from McLeod on 74 and the The Lambs defence cleared with sub Steve Burton following in at the far post.
Taylor had to chances to bag a goal on 75 but both times his shot was blocked and from the corner Redmile headed just wide.
On 84, Scott Stamps came on for Tuohy as Cooper lined up a freekick from distance but his strike came back off the wall.
Danny Ekoku managed to get a shot at Bowles in the area on 86, but his effort was blocked by two Lambs defenders and the Lambs ‘keeper collected easily.
Three final league minutes came and with a possible 18 point deduction facing Altrincham to save The Lambs from relegation this was not the way Cooper wanted the season to finish but will ultimately be the deciding factor in Tamworth’s survival in the Conference.
Roma (Jackson 65), Ward, Cooper, Storer, Tuohy (Stamps 84)
Redmile, Neilson, Smith A (Folkes 49)
Subs: Dryden, Gayle
Blackburn, Jenkins (Burton 73), Cade, Kember, McLeod
Mendy, Brown, Bostwick, Judge
Subs (4 only): El-Abd, Opinel, Marshall
Yellow Cards: Mendy 39, Cade 30, Brown 41
Man on the match: Voted by Match sponsors: Zero One Design, BT Felton and So, Tamworth Quality Products and DF Baxter Holdings: Matt Redmile, Kyle Storer and Tris Whitman