Good point made in London
05 March 2005
Lambs boss Mark Cooper experimented with a new 4-5-1 formation at the Glyn Hopkins Stadium and although the Lambs "no goals scored" count now reads as 568 minutes, the Lambs did what was required to stifle the home side and come away with a hard earned point.
Returning 'keeper Ryan Price only had two shots at him all game and both times was equal to them. The first came just before the break, which he easily tipped away from danger, and the second came right at the death and required him to get down quickly to this left and tip around the post.
"We were solid today. All of the team were excellent and we gained a much needed point.
"All credit to Ryan - he did well today," said a bouyant Cooper, "His wife underwent a major operation in the last 24 hours (on a snapped achilles tendon) and is still in hospital. It was possible that he may not have been able to make the game, but I'm glad he did!"
The only black mark for the Lambs was the sending off of Dave Bampton with a few minutes remaining. Sekani Simpson and Dagenham's Chris Moore tussled on the byline and in the ensuing fracas Bampton was adjudged to have used violent conduct by the referee.
Cooper commented "I am certain he went over as a peacemaker after the incident and tried to pull the lads apart, but the ref saw it differently, obviously."
The home side also finished with ten men when captain Ashley Vickers recieved his second yellow card for bringing down new signing and live-wire Louie Soares. Soares had been causing the home side problems all game with his pace down the right and had The Lambs two best chances in the first ten minutes of the second half, but his shots went over the bar from 20 yards each time.
Tamworth: Price, Soares (Storer 90), Adie Smith, Redmile, Simpson, Bampton, Ebdon, Cooper, Stamps, Rose (Taylor 89), Whitman (Marcelle 74).
Subs Not Used: Brown, Francis.
Sent Off: Bampton (86) (Straight Red Card).
Booked: Bampton, Rose, Simpson, Soares.