Impressive Lambs take all three points
03 February 2007
Gary Mills’ Lambs made a trip to Bootham Crescent for the first time on a Saturday in the club’s history looking for the first league win since November 18. A number of players returned from injury but Jamie Price and John McGrath were ruled out and after the impressive but ultimately disappointing (result-wise) display against Welling in midweek, the squad was in buoyant mood but knew they faced a tough task against third-placed York City.
Tamworth took the initiative early against their hosts by stealing the ball off the feet of the two taking the kick-off as they waited for a team mate to run onto the short pass. But it was Craig Farrell who blazed a chance after three minutes when the ball flashed across the face of goal and everyone but Farrell at the far post failed to connect in any capacity.
York's new loan signing from West Brom, Rob Elvins, shot low and Emmanuel Panther had half chances before a hard working and industrious Lambs side took a deserved lead through Jake Edwards.
Matt Williams won a free kick on the right of midfield and floated the ball into the danger area. The ball was nodded down back into the centre of the six-yard box and Edwards had a relatively easy task of spinning on his right and firing low home with his left boot. (1-0)
York came back via Panther, Nathan Peat and Neal Bishop but the finishing left a lot to be desired as Tamworth defended strongly and looked creative going forward.
Edwards beat the offside trap on 34 only for Tom Evans to deny him and neither Matt Williams nor Taiwo Atieno could finish the loose ball through a crowded area.
A rare error by Rikki Bains allowed Elvin in through the back door but his shot was poor from distance and easy for Veiga.
York came out after the half time break and camped out in The Lambs' half but wayward shooting and lack of skill in the final third let them down no end.
Tamworth, content to sit on the ball and build and wait slowly, had few chances to extend the lead but took the best one of the second half on 85 when Atieno burst past the last defender and fired home a 25-yard right foot shot to deservedly send the Lambs home with the points.
Edwards (Burton 76), Atieno
Law, Storer, Heslop, Williams
Friars, Bains (Laight 83), Weaver, Smith
Subs: Stevenson, Taylor, Keen
Woolford (Maidens 75), Elvins (McMahon 58), Farrell
Bowey, Bishop, Panther
Peat (Craddock 55), McGurk, Dudgeon, Lloyd
Subs: Reid, Parslow
Yellow Cards: Craddock 69, Bains 77, Williams 82