Lacklustre Lambs fall to Minstermen
21 February 2006
Mark Cooper’s Lambs traveled to Bootham (KitKat) Crescent in search of a much needed league win to move them away from the relegation zone. He made two changes to the side that drew with Kidderminster on Saturday with Dave Bampton and Matt Redmile returning to the side.
But The Lambs got off to the worse possible start – conceding a soft goal after just 2 minutes. A pass through the centre of midfield by Mark Convrey should have been dealt with by the Tamworth defence but a mixture of the cold rain and sticky pitch saw Adie Smith slip in his pursuit of the ball and allowed Andy Bishop the relative easy chance of rounding Bowles and slotting home from an acute angle. (0-1)
Bowles denied a second York goal on 7 minutes when Nathan Peat burst into the Lambs box and crossed low looking for someone to stab the chance home from close range, but Bowles got his hands to the effort and the follow up was poor.
Graham Ward flicked a half chance past the post on 10 minutes from a Peter Folkes cross and then a virtual stalemate then ensued with the home side having the majority of play but without actually creating any chances until just after the half hour mark. Clayton Donaldson skipped down the right wing and centered for Convery who let fly from 20 yards. Bowles miraculously saved the strike only to see it balloon in the air and fall to Emmanuel Panther who, thankfully for Tamworth squandered the chance as the ball fell from on high.
Dave Bampton’s flying header went wide of Chris Porter’s upright on 34 and another error by the Lambs defence almost let in York 3 minutes after, but the home side couldn’t capitalise and when the Minstermen broke from a Lambs freekick things looked bleak until Smith got back and blocked the run of Donaldson.
Cooper’s half time substitution of Nathan Jackson, on for Ben Starosta, and with Nick Summerbee switching to left midfield gave The Lambs more of a positive feel and they took the game to York getting in amongst every challenge and forcing two corners but couldn’t make their possession count.
So it was until the 63rd minute Donaldson received the ball and wrong footed Adie Smith on the edge of the area before firing hard and low past Bowles for the home side’s second goal of the game (0-2)
Bowles saved a third goal two minutes later when a York free-kick ricocheted around the area and eventually found it’s way into the Lambs ‘keepers arms on the line.
York then started to turn the screw, finding space where before there was none, but Tamworth were not going down without a fight and Cooper brought on Carl Heggs to shore up the Lambs attack and also help out in defence.
Tamworth had a man advantage for a short time while Darren Dunning received treatment for a bloody nose and were unfortunate not to pull one back from a Summerbee centre but Heggs screwed his shot and Bampton’s follow up header went into the arms of Porter.
The Lambs continued to search for a way back but York also had ideas of extending their goal tally. However, they found Bowles in fine from, none moreso when Donaldson shot from close range on 85 only to see the ball batted clear from danger.
Three minutes added time brought penalty for Tamworth after Matt Redmile forged a way through only for David McGurk to fall on the ball and handle to allow Matt Williams a chance from the spot which he duly took (1-2)
Davidson (Heggs 68), Williams
Ward, Bampton, Summerbee, Starosta (Jackson HT)
Roma, Smith, Redmile, Folkes
Subs: Stamps, Francis, Breedon
Bishop (O’Neill 73), Donaldson
Dunning (Stewart 78), Panther, Bishop, Convery
Thomas, Dudgeon, McGurk, Peat
Subs: Hotte, Webster, Reid
Yellow Cards: Peat 36, Smith 69, Jackson 74, Dugdeon 81
Goals: Bishop 2, Davidson 63, Wiliams 92 (pen)
Att: 2153 (56 TFC)