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Honours even again at The Lamb

FT: Tamworth 1    1 Altrincham

31 December 2005

In their final game of 2005, Lambs boss Mark Cooper made three changes to the side that had drawn against Burton Albion on Boxing Day. Matt Redmile and Adie Smith came back in to the starting eleven along with ‘new’ signing Scott Rickards who made his return to the Lamb just over 12 months after departing for spells at Kidderminster and Redditch. Nathan Jackson, Alan Neilsen, Dave Bampton and Carl Motteram were still struggling with injuries, illness or fitness while James Francis started a month’s loan at Moor Green.

With the kick off delayed for half and hour due to a traffic incident on the Egg the players eventually emerged onto the field at 1.30pm. But it didn’t take long for either side to produce something to warm the fans up.

Colin Little had the first shot on target on 6 minutes and this was closely followed by a chance for Rickards who turned his defenders but shot low and easy for Stuart Coburn in the visitors goal.

Little found Gerard Murphy on space on 14 but the Lambs defence coped well with his half chance after initial hesitation by the back four.

A good ball out of defence by Jimmy Turner allowed Rickards to burst clear of the Alty defence only to shoot tamely at Coburn again and 60 seconds later the visitors had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for a push on Scott Bevan in the build up.

The Lambs deservedly took the lead on 25 minutes via a relatively tame tap in by Jake Edwards. Jimmy Turner floated the ball to Rickards who cleverly knocked it past the last man and into the path of Edwards and the on loan Exeter man made no mistake for his 5th goal in a Tamworth shirt. (1-0)

In a rare Altrincham attack Rod Thornley produced a good save out of Bevan on 36 with a strike on the turn and volley.

The Lambs first corner almost produced a second goal on 40. Steve Melton floated the ball to the far post but Redmile’s header was taken easily by Coburn.

But the scores were levelled in first half stoppage time with a well taken free kick from Warren Peyton. (1-1)

After an uneventful opening 10 minutes to the second half, Little had the first real chance but directed his header wide of Bevan’s goal.

On 66 Edwards produced a great half volley which Coburn did well to tip over the bar but a foul in the box ruled out Edwards header before it hit the back of the net from Redmile’s cross-box nod.

As the clock ticked on chances were few and far between as the Lambs midfield struggled to take any real hold on the game and Altrincham looked content to wait for their chance.

Cooper brought himself into the fray with just over 10 minutes remaining in a bid to push his sides onto victory and some pressure from the home side was evident in the closing stages.

Stephen Aspinall's 88th minute freekick struck the Lambs wall and deflected a few feet wide on Bevan's upright to give the home crowd a scare and had Cooper connected better from the edge of the area in stoppage time it may well have resulted in a rare home win for Tamworth.

Tamworth:
Rickards, Edwards
McConnell (Storer 59), Melton (Cooper 79), Ward, Touhy
Turner, Redmile, Smith, Anaclet
Bevan

Subs: Heggs, Stamps, Gayle

Altrincham:
Thornley (Lugsden 77), Little
Peyton, Chalmers (Robinson 84), Bushell, Murphy
Scott, Rose, Maddox, Aspinall
Coburn

Subs: Potts, Band, McFadden

Yellow Cards: Maddox 81
Red Cards:

Att: 1064

MOM: Jake Edwards, as voted by The Lambs Fans Breakfast Crew

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