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FT: Tamworth 0    0 AFC Telford United

26 December 2007

A bumper turn out at The Lamb welcomed AFC Telford United for the Boxing Day fixture. Mills made no changes from Saturday’s defeat at Burton Albion in the Setanta Shield and with just the FA Trophy the only ‘distraction’ away from the league his side entered a crunch three game run which would see Tamworth play high fliers Telford twice and third placed Kettering in the middle.

Kicking towards the Telford fans in the Meadow Street end in the first half, Tamworth pushed forward early on penning the visitors back and clearing their lines at the back as and when required.
Des Lyttle floated a ball into the area on 8 which Ryan Young tipped over his bar for a corner which Young punched clear and Jonti Richters shot was deflected behind for another corner, but when the ball fell for Marcus Ebdon his shot was wide of the mark.
Telford, wearing black armbands in honour of the passing away of ex-club director Bernard Bagnall, won themselves a flag kick on 10 which Luke Reynolds went close with and Matt Williams picked up a yellow card on 12 for a challenge on ex-Lamb Jimmy Turner.
Telford started to enjoy a more even share of possession as the first half proceeded and Palethorpe had to make a save from a couple of speculative headers without really being threatened with chances at both ends coming at a premium.
Craig McAughtrie was second into the ref’s notebook on 28 following a tackle on another ex-Tammie – Lee Moore.
Just past the hour mark Chris Nurse missed the target after a lot of passing movement from Tamworth in the final third and the same player won a free kick after being upended 35 yards out but Richter’s dead ball was wasted.
Anthony Robinson was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet after a move down the right involving Nurse and Sheldon ended with a shot by Robinson which went straight into the arms of Young.
A moment of confusion came on 37 after the linesmen saw something no one else had, flagged play to stop and Turner was asked by the referee to kick the ball out of play from an unchallenged drop ball.
Then, on 38 a two footed challenge on Sheldon by Lee Vaughan brought a massed gathering on the touch line and a yellow card for the Telford right back while the home crowd was calling for more.
Palethorpe whipped a goal bound header away from danger on 43 and three minutes of added time was prolonged due to a head injury to Nurse but ultimately ended goalless.

HT: 0-0

After a slow start to the second half, Telford stepped it up a gear around 53 but failed to make their speed and possession count.
Reynolds missed the target with what looked like an easy header from Moore’s left wing cross on 57 before Mills made his first substitution – Kirk Jackson coming on for Robinson up front.
There were loud shouts from the

Meadow Street
terrace when Jamie Vermiglio fell in the area on 62 after a clash of heads with McAughtrie and Vaughan escaped a second yellow for deliberate handball on the wing but The Lambs failed to capitalise from the resultant free kick. A yellow card was shown to Asa Charlton for a tackle on Richter on 67 but again the visitors muscled the ball out of danger.
A last ditch tackle from McAughtrie denied a shot from sub Matty Lewis reaching the target on 70 and when Palethorpe dropped the resultant corner the referee was quick to stop play for a push.
The game continued to oscillate between both halves of the field and with the low winter sun moving behind the Castle End terracing long shadows showed that the Lambs were running into a wall of light whenever they advanced at Young’s goal while at the other end, Moore cut in on the left and forced Nurse to half clear off the line near the far post but only as far as Vermiglio who shot wide from 8 yards on the turn.
A push on Jackson as the ball flew into the area provoked a strong reaction from the striker and the home fans, but nothing from Mr Gratton
Richter tried a shot on the half volley on 83 but fired wide of the mark and The Bucks won a corner on 88 which Turner headed wide, despite being unmarked at the far post.
Three minutes added time were shown as in the first half and Richter’s sided-footed effort into Youngs arms from 12 yards was almost bettered at the other end by Turner’s header which came back off the underside of the bar seconds before the final whistle and meant the scoreline read at the end as it had at the start.

FT: 0-0

Tamworth
Palethorpe, Lyttle, Law, Briscoe, McAughtrie, Ebdon, Richter, Nurse, Robinson (Jackson 59), Williams (Wright 67), Sheldon
Subs: Sheridan, Bains, Edwards

AFC Telford United
Young, Vaughan, Charlton, Turner, Teesdale, Fitzpatrick (Adams 51), Rodgers, Vermigilio, Reynolds (Lewis 65), Moore (Marsden 81), Forsdick
Subs: Pacey, Birch

Yellow Cards: Williams 12, McAughtrie 28, Vaughan 38, Charlton 67
Red Cards: none

Referee: Mr. D. Gratton
Att: 1509

MOM: Chosen by match sponsors: “Lambs fans breakfast crew” and Tamworth Baptist Church:
Michael BriscoeMeadow Street terrace when Jamie Vermiglio fell in the area on 62 after a clash of heads with McAughtrie and Vaughan escaped a second yellow for deliberate handball on the wing but The Lambs failed to capitalise from the resultant free kick. A yellow card was shown to Asa Charlton for a tackle on Richter on 67 but again the visitors muscled the ball out of danger. A last ditch tackle from McAughtrie denied a shot from sub Matty Lewis reaching the target on 70 and when Palethorpe dropped the resultant corner the referee was quick to stop play for a push. The game continued to oscillate between both halves of the field and with the low winter sun moving behind the Castle End terracing long shadows showed that the Lambs were running into a wall of light whenever they advanced at Young’s goal while at the other end, Moore cut in on the left and forced Nurse to half clear off the line near the far post but only as far as Vermiglio who shot wide from 8 yards on the turn. A push on Jackson as the ball flew into the area provoked a strong reaction from the striker and the home fans, but nothing from Mr Gratton Richter tried a shot on the half volley on 83 but fired wide of the mark and The Bucks won a corner on 88 which Turner headed wide, despite being unmarked at the far post. Three minutes added time were shown as in the first half and Richter’s sided-footed effort into Youngs arms from 12 yards was almost bettered at the other end by Turner’s header which came back off the underside of the bar seconds before the final whistle and meant the scoreline read at the end as it had at the start. FT: 0-0 Tamworth Palethorpe, Lyttle, Law, Briscoe, McAughtrie, Ebdon, Richter, Nurse, Robinson (Jackson 59), Williams (Wright 67), Sheldon Subs: Sheridan, Bains, Edwards AFC Telford United Young, Vaughan, Charlton, Turner, Teesdale, Fitzpatrick (Adams 51), Rodgers, Vermigilio, Reynolds (Lewis 65), Moore (Marsden 81), Forsdick Subs: Pacey, Birch Yellow Cards: Williams 12, McAughtrie 28, Vaughan 38, Charlton 67 Red Cards: none Referee: Mr. D. Gratton Att: 1509 MOM: Chosen by match sponsors: “Lambs fans breakfast crew” and Tamworth Baptist Church: Michael Briscoe

Meadow Street terrace when Jamie Vermiglio fell in the area on 62 after a clash of heads with McAughtrie and Vaughan escaped a second yellow for deliberate handball on the wing but The Lambs failed to capitalise from the resultant free kick. A yellow card was shown to Asa Charlton for a tackle on Richter on 67 but again the visitors muscled the ball out of danger. A last ditch tackle from McAughtrie denied a shot from sub Matty Lewis reaching the target on 70 and when Palethorpe dropped the resultant corner the referee was quick to stop play for a push. The game continued to oscillate between both halves of the field and with the low winter sun moving behind the Castle End terracing long shadows showed that the Lambs were running into a wall of light whenever they advanced at Young’s goal while at the other end, Moore cut in on the left and forced Nurse to half clear off the line near the far post but only as far as Vermiglio who shot wide from 8 yards on the turn. A push on Jackson as the ball flew into the area provoked a strong reaction from the striker and the home fans, but nothing from Mr Gratton Richter tried a shot on the half volley on 83 but fired wide of the mark and The Bucks won a corner on 88 which Turner headed wide, despite being unmarked at the far post. Three minutes added time were shown as in the first half and Richter’s sided-footed effort into Youngs arms from 12 yards was almost bettered at the other end by Turner’s header which came back off the underside of the bar seconds before the final whistle and meant the scoreline read at the end as it had at the start. FT: 0-0 Tamworth Palethorpe, Lyttle, Law, Briscoe, McAughtrie, Ebdon, Richter, Nurse, Robinson (Jackson 59), Williams (Wright 67), Sheldon Subs: Sheridan, Bains, Edwards AFC Telford United Young, Vaughan, Charlton, Turner, Teesdale, Fitzpatrick (Adams 51), Rodgers, Vermigilio, Reynolds (Lewis 65), Moore (Marsden 81), Forsdick Subs: Pacey, Birch Yellow Cards: Williams 12, McAughtrie 28, Vaughan 38, Charlton 67 Red Cards: none Referee: Mr. D. Gratton Att: 1509 MOM: Chosen by match sponsors: “Lambs fans breakfast crew” and Tamworth Baptist Church: Michael Briscoe

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