Lambs battle back to go through
13 October 2007
Looking to progress to the 4th Qualifying Round and pick up the £5000 prize on offer Tamworth boss Gary Mills selected the same starting eleven that had defeated Worcester City in the last round of the FA Cup, with two changes to the previous game against Stalybridge. Dave Bampton and Chris Nurse came back into the squad at the expense of Gary Mills and Rikki Bains who took places on the bench. Craig McAughtrie was still out through injury.
The game started at a very fast pace with both sides looking to make an early break through and the Linnets pressed The Lambs back into their own half and won a corner on 7.
Matty Williams tried to break through the home defence to no avail on 9 and on 12, Joe Francis had a dip from 25 yards but it was straight at Jose Veiga and didn’t trouble the home ‘keeper.
Veiga was called to act as a defender on 15 blocking a run down the left wing as The Lambs regrouped
But on 21 Francis struck home from the right hand side of the area with a low right footed drive, past the dive of Veiga and into the far corner (0-1)
Lynn won a corner on 22 and Mark Warren got a header at the far post at full stretch but could do no more than send it out behind him.
Williams hooked a low ball into the area goal ward on 27 only for Scott Howie to put it behind while at the other end John Turner flashed a low drive across the face of goal which everyone missed on 29.
King’s Lynn were forced to make a substitution on 35 when Defty went down injured in his own half and required treatment and Tamworth then exerted some pressure of their own but couldn’t find a way past the visiting defence.
King’s Lynn quickly came back but their final ball was lacking and then in the second minute of added time at the end of the first half, Robinson spun on a ball into the area and fired home the equalizer. (1-1)
Drizzly rain continued to fall as the second half kicked off and the pace of the game continued although no clear cut chances were forthcoming despite a couple of corners for King’s Lynn which came to nothing.
The visitors were punching above their weight quite well causing Tamworth’s defence to work hard until
Gareth Sheldon started and finished a move with a well struck shot inside the area after a one two with Robinson but his effort went wide on 60
The Lambs then put some pressure of their own on the Linnets, but their final ball from the wings was lacking the cutting edge.
The on 71, Dave Bampton appeared from midfield to convert Robsinon’s cross box ball with a low shot from the edge of the area after good work by Williams to make it 2-1
Williams almost made it three on 75 with a curling right footed shot under pressure from the last defender but his effort went inches wide.
Michael Briscoe denied a charge at goal from sub Jack Defty with a great tackle on 78 while Williams brought out a point blank stop from Howie a minute later and won The Lambs a corner.
Veiga saved at the feet of Dean West as he advanced on goal on 81before Williams took a knock and had to go off for Luke Edwards
And the young forward missed the target by a hare’s breath on 86 after beating the last man and shooting diagonally for the far post from 15 yards
The Linnets ‘keeper Howie ran forward for a corner on 89 and shot straight at Bampton before Tamworth cleared their lines but couldn’t capitalise on his absence between the posts.
There were then four minutes added time shown and Lynn won another corner which Howie came for again. Sheldon collected and burst forward looking to pass to Edwards but his pass was cut out allowing the visitors to track back quickly.
Edwards was released from the half way line and advanced on Howie but shot straight at the ‘keeper in the final move of the game which saw The Lambs through to the next round.
Veiga, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, Smith, Bampton, Nurse (Sheridan 51), Leonard (Mills 58), Robinson, Williams (Edwards 84), Sheldon
Subs: Bains, Donaghey
Howie, West, Champan, Warren, Defty C. (Crane 35), Camm, Frew, Fleming, Turner (Defty J. 70), Bloomfield (Nolan 63), Francis
Subs: Fisk, Murray
Yellow Cards: West 55
Referee: Mr J. Adcock (Long Eaton)
MOM: Chosen by match sponsors UK Erecting Services, Tamworth: Matt Williams