Knitters triumph over Lambs
14 April 2008
Tamworth surrendered their five game unbeaten run to relegation threatened Hinckley United on Monday night - and the result gave the home side a four point 'cushion' after weekend win over Hyde United.
With Dominic Langdon, Craig McAughtrie and Graeme Law all sidelined, Lambs boss Gary Mills was forced to field a changed line up for Tamworth’s first ever visit to the Marston Stadium, where a large travelling contingent swelled the crowd to about double it’s average size.
However, it was the home fans who had something to cheer about less than 30 seconds after the first half kicked off when Adam Webster converted Leon Kelly’s pull back from the right of the goal, after The Lambs defence failed to deal with a long ball into the danger area and United took a shock early lead. (0-1)
It took until the 20th minute for Dave Bampton to get the first Tamworth shot at goal and from it came their first corner which Martin Foster headed on and won another corner before Jake Sheridan blasted his shot over the bar.
But 5 minutes later The Knitters extended their advantage when Webster rose highest from a flag kick on the right and headed home to make it 2-0.
Foster saw his dangerous ball into the area hooked away to safety on 29, before Owen Story hit a rasping drive at Alex Cisak on 32 which the keeper could only parry and no one could get to the follow up allowing Tamworth to clear.
The home side were exploiting The Lambs defensive weaknesses as both Kelly and Story created chances for themselves and Cisak was forced to tip a dropping ball over his bar.
At the start of the second half Mills brought on Nick Wright for Marcus Ebdon and moved Dave Bampton to right back instead which seemed to kick The Lambs into life.
Wright set up Colin Marrison who shot wide of the mark on 49 and three minutes later Wright forced a good save by Michael Jones who blocked the strikers effort with his legs from close range.
Following the inclusion of Jonti Richter, Tamworth were looking better than they had done previously but chances were still at a premium and they had to wait until 65 for Gareth Sheldon to see his header cleared off the line by Tom Bonner.
Former Lamb Kyle Storer increased the Hinckley / Tamworth connection in the home side when he came on as substitute on 78 and moments later almost made it 3-0 but was denied by the far post as his low driven cross box shot struck the woodwork and rebounded to safety.
The game drew to a close after another Lambs connection in Luke Edwards took to the field and despite a late rally by Tamworth neither Des Lyttle nor Wright could net a consolation goal at the end of a disappointing evening.
Jones, Roma, Bonner, Lavery (capt), Platnauer, Birch, Story, Richards (Storer K 78), Webster, Kelly (Edwards 86), Lloyd
Unused: Murphy, Storer S, Belford
Cisak, Ebdon (Wright HT), Lyttle, Briscoe, Smith, Foster, Bampton, Nurse (capt), Marrison, Sheldon, Sheridan (Richter 55)
Subs: Law, Jackson, Waldrum
Yellow Cards: Bampton, 50, Sheridan 52, Nurse 69, Marrison 82
Red Cards: none
Referee: Ryan Newman (Barnsley)