Lambs and Seadogs battle out a draw
15 March 2005
“We didn’t come to roll over and let them keep their ‘unbeaten at home’ record intact. We had the lead twice and had chances to kill the game at 2-1. I thought we should have won it.” said Cooper after the game.
Ryan Price dived low to his left to stop Tony Hackworth’s fourth minute spot kick after Chris Senior had been brought down by Aaron Brown’s knee but those with a Tamworth bias knew exactly what was coming next when Jude Stirling launched another of his missile like throws. Matt Redmile soared above the home defence, got a vital flick and former Seadog Tris Whitman finished the job.
Hackworth equalised with a near post header from a corner just before the half hour mark, but the Lambs restored their lead in first half injury time thanks to a tricky run and cross by Clint Marcelle which allowed Adie Smith to bullet header home his first league goal for since joining the club.
Cooper meanwhile had been practising long range free kicks whenever the chance arose and one in each half almost sneaked into the net. Twice home ‘keeper Leigh Walker was forced to parry and both times Tamworth failed to knock in the rebound which proved costly as Scarborough sub Neil Redfern tried his luck with similar long range strikes at Price.
With 11 minutes remaining a Redfern free kick squirmed low through the wall and despite Price stopping the shot with his legs, Michael Coulson followed up from close range to level the game.
Redfern almost sneaked a winner with a curling free kick in at the near post but it would have been very harsh on the Lambs, who with key players missing, showed that there are alternatives available for Cooper and Dryden and the passion runs deep through them all.
Tamworth: Price, Adie Smith (Sheppard 90), Redmile, Brown, Soares (Francis 21), Simpson, Storer, Cooper, Stirling, Whitman, Marcelle.
Subs Not Used: Dryden, Douglas. (only 4 subs in total)
Booked: Brown, Francis, Price, Stirling.