Honours even at The Lamb
18 February 2006
There was only one way to go after last Saturday’s defeat at Woking and Lambs boss Mark Cooper gave debuts to four new signings for the game against The Harriers with a number of key players out through suspension or injury.
Tamworth took the lead with the first flowing move of the game on 4 minutes. Matt Williams slid the ball under the on rushing John Danby following a great ball into the danger area from midway in his own half by Dominic Roma.
Andrew White almost pulled one back on 6 but hit the side netting and debutant keeper Sean Bowles pulled off a fine blocking save from a close range drive by White on 14 after the ball bounced inviting from a visitor’s corner. There was danger from another flag kick shortly after, but the danger was cleared.
Adie Smith then placed a header just wide of Danby’s far post from a Nicky Summerbee free kick on 22 and Danby produced a great save from Danny Davidson on 24 from Roma’s long ball forward.
White should have done better for Harriers twice around the half hour mark but was wide of the mark with both attempts. Bowles did well do deny the onrushing Kidderminster forwards on 33 and a half chance for the Lambs almost produced a second shortly after.
Chances were few and far between as both sides worked for midfield superiority although Kidderminster held the edge on possession as the first half drew to a close with Bowles easily taking a couple of strikes on his goal.
Less than a minute into the second half, Williams struck straight at Danby from Graham Ward but White found the back of the net on 47 with a right footed drive from the right of the area from a flick on into the box that evaded the Lambs defence. As a result, Scott Stamps was replaced by Scott Rickards who took on-loan-from-Sheffield-United Ben Starosta’s place in midfield and Starosta moved to left back.
After a quiet spell, with stoppages for a couple of injuries to Harriers players, Bowles collected a dangerous loose ball off the toes of Simon Russell on the hour mark.
A deflected cross from Rickards just evaded the head of Williams as it looped toward the goal on 73 and the Lambs couldn’t capitalize on the loose ball.
Kidderminster had a penalty appeal turned down shortly after when it appeared that Starosta had handled the ball and Gareth Sheldon tried a looping shot at goal as the ball came out but Bowles picked the effort out with relative ease.
With time running out Cooper brought on Carl Heggs for Summerbee, but Paul Smith fired a freekick for the visitors from 30 yards which Bowles had to push out for a corner and The Lambs cleared from the set piece.
Danny Davidson latched onto a Heggs flick on from a Bowles drop kick in stoppage time but watched in agony as his first time effort rolled wide of the post and Tamworth came forward again to force a corner with less than a minute to play but a foul in the area denied a last ditch winner.
Ward, Jackson, Summerbee (Heggs 87), Starosta
Stamps (Rickards 52), Folkes, Smith A., Roma
Subs: (4 only) Francis, Breedon
Sheldon, Penn (Wilson 80), Flemming, Russell
Sedgemore, Mullins, Osbourne, Blackwood (Smith P. 70)
Subs: Lewis, Francis, Hurren
Yellow Cards: Mullins 33, Williams 45, Jackson 58, Smith A. 82
Goals: Williams 4, White 47
MOM: Chosen by match sponsors Bank of Scotland Corporate, GM Traders and Gunn JBC: Sean Bowles and Adie Smith