Heggs and Johnson give Lambs much neededrare home win
04 April 2006
Tamworth entertained Aldershot Town at The Lamb, once again in search of three much needed points to move away from the relegation zone. The last time Tamworth won on a Tuesday night game at the Lamb was on February 18 2003 – 1141 days ago, and boss Mark Cooper’s side, in the basement spot in the league would need to pull out all the stops against playoff chasing Aldershot.
Cooper and defender Peter Folkes were both suspended but Graham Ward returned from injury and Tommy Johnson started on the bench after sitting out the last few games.
Carl Heggs made early running into the area ad appeared to be brought down by Shot’s defender Ian Simpemba but referee Mr Vaughan waved the shouts away.
Karl Hudson broke free on the left on 3 minutes and fired a shot at Sean Bowles but the Lambs ‘keeper took the strike easily.
Heggs unleashed a long range effort on 7 which deflected for a corner and the same player headed wide at the far post under pressure.
Heggs then put the Lambs in front on 10 minutes. A long ball into the area by Kyle Storer was headed down by Bob Taylor and as the ball bounced free Heggs pounced to fire home from close range. (1-0)
Hudson tried his luck from the left but his 25 yard low drive shaded past the near post with Bowles covering well on 14.
Aldershot then started to work harder after their initial shock and the ball spent more time in the Lambs half, but Heggs once more showed his hunger for a Lambs win bearing down on visiting ‘keeper Nikki Bull and Storer did well to cross under pressure on the right.
On 32 Taylor was penalized and conceded a contested freekick in the middle of the park which was chipped forward to Hudson who turned and shot in the area which produced a great stop by Bowles to deny an equalizer before being cleared away by The Lambs defence.
Aldershot’s Lewis Hamilton unleashed a right foot drive from distance on 37 which stayed at head height, but flew wide of the left hand upright.
Ryan Scott latched onto a ball dropping perfectly for him in the area but despite connecting well saw his effort fly wide of the mark.
Graham Ward scuppered a great chance in first half stoppage time, shooting tamely at Bull from the edge of the area and the Lambs confidence could be seen in most areas of the park as the half time whistle blew.
Tommy Johnson made a return to the field to rapturous applause at half time, coming on for Nathan Jackson and the Lambs started where they left off pushing the visitors in search of a second goal.
And it was the former Villa and Celtic striker who forced the ball home on 49 after Aldershot failed to clear a Kyle Storer corner, headed down by Matt Redmile.
Aldershot pulled one back two minutes later through Kyle Matthews, who flicked home with the outside of his boot past Bowles from close range to set up a tense second half for Cooper’s Lambs.
Nick Crittenden had a shot at goal on 62, but his drive went wide of Bowles post as the balance of play shifted slightly in the visitor’s favour which lead Cooper to bring on the fresh legs of Danny Davidson, for Bob Taylor, for the final 25 minutes.
Tamworth found their way coming forward once again without managing to threaten Bull’s goal but neither were Aldershot testing Bowles apart from a long range free kick from Ryan Williams which flew wide on 83.
A minor tussle ensued as Ward and Williams tangled on the by-line in front of the Shots dugout and both got yellow cards for their efforts on 86.
Bowles rushed out off his line to halt the run of Matthews shortly after and although the Lambs ‘keeper didn’t take the ball cleanly his defence cleared the danger.
Davidson fed Johnson with a delightful ball from the centre of the area s the board went up for four minutes of added time but he couldn’t direct his shot goalward and it went harmlessly into the Meadow Street End.
The Shots won a corner and even ‘keeper Bull came up for the chance, but Tamworth couldn’t clear quick enough to capitalise on the open net at the other end.
Both side continued to the end searching for a goal but the Lambs held strong for a much deserved victory to move out of the relegation zone.
Heggs, Taylor B (Davidson 67)
Jackson (Johnson HT), Ward, Neilson, Storer
Stamps, Smith, Redmile, Roma
Subs: Dryden, Reid, Gayle
Hudson (Ahmad 70), Matthews
Williams, Scott (Crockford), Watson, Crittenden
Hamilton, Simpemba, Somner, Sulaiman (Wingfield 83)
Subs: Weait (4 subs in total only)
Goals: Heggs 10, Johnson 49, Matthews 51
Yellow Cards: Storer (24), Heggs (63), Davidson (76), Stamps (82), Ward (86), Williams (86)
Red Cards: none
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