Lambs bring high flying Stalybridge down to earth
24 March 2008
At a snowy Lamb on Easter Monday Gary Mills’ Lambs welcomed in form promotion chasing Stalybridge Celtic – unbeaten in their last eight games and sitting in third place in the league.
Mills made one change to the side that lost at Gainsborough with Adie Smith coming in at the expense of Colin Marrison.
By the time the teams ran out glorious sunshine covered the pitch and Tamworth kicked off towards the Castle End.
It was fairly even stevens for the first 5 minutes or so and the first booking of the game came on 8 when Jake Sheridan put a crunching tackle on Simon Garner.
Ashley Winn unleashed a powerful drive shortly after, which cleared the away end and Celtic started to exert a little pressure but failed to create.
Tamworth then pushed forward and won a corner on 18 .after good work from Nick Wright nothing came of the flag kick but a minute or so later Wright nipped in to shoot at goal as Celtic defender Andrew Smart waited for the ball to drop, but fired wide of the mark.
On 21 Terry Barwick fired at Alex Cisak while at the other end Wright crossed for Chris Nurse who headed over.
And on 24 a pull back from Sheridan at the left bi-line gave Sheldon a shooting chance, but he curled his effort wide of the far post from 18 yards.
The Lambs were rattling their visitors whenever they went forward without managing to forge through and came very close when Nurse’s low ball into the six yard box was booted clear by a Celtic defender on 29.
At the other end though, Michael Briscoe headed Chris Hall’s cross off the line and McAughtrie flicked a good cross into the box behind for a corner.
Another corner came for the visitors on 31 which Cisak guided over the bar and on 33 Smart hit a straight dipping shot just over the corner of bar and post from the left channel.
Tamworth countered again and kept the ball in the other half. A Nurse header fell right for Gamble rather than Wright on 37.
On 40, referee Mr Dexter waved away claims for a Stalybridge penalty when Winn stumbled then fell after Des Lyttle’s tackle came in, inside the six yard box.
The Lambs thought they had scored on 43 from Nurse’s header but it was ruled out for push on Simon Garner just before he powered the ball into the back on the net.
Sheldon then almost opened the scoring on 45 but redirected Wright’s miss hit shot a few feet wide of the mark.
Two minutes added time came and with it a booking for Barwick after a challenge to halt Wright’s progress on the half way line but no other incidents.
Tamworth came out in the second half as they finished the first but almost fell behind when James Dean cut past McAughtrie and fired into the box. His shot was blocked by Cisak’s legs and Torpey’s follow up cleared away to the other end where The Lambs took the lead on 50.
Sheldon received the ball from Sheridan and cut in to the box before knocking the ball into the path of Wright who made no mistake from a couple of yards out. (1-0)
They kept up their pressure with Wright, Sheridan and Nurse all getting themselves into good positions and even ‘Smudger’ managed a header on target on 52.
Steve Torpey talked himself into the book on 55 before planting a header from a right wing cross into the hands of Cisak on 58.
Cisak comfortably saved Winn’s drive from 30 yards on the hour as Celtic looked for a way back into the tie.
But it was 2-0 to The Lambs on 63 when Wright crossed almost perfectly for Sheldon to control and fire into the far corner from 10 yards and add to the visitors woes.
Nurse hit a shot at Gamble on 71 but it went a smidgen wide of the mark.
Briscoe deflected a Smart shot over his own bar on 77 and then cleared the resultant corner with a thumping header and at the other end Foster hit a low shot off target.
A surging run from Sheridan forced Gamble into a good save which came out to Nurse but his follow up shot was blocked on 78.
Winn unleashed a shot off target on 82 and Marrison came on to replace Sheldon and he immediately won a corner for The Lambs which came to nothing.
As the minutes ticked down Celtic tried to throw everything forward but Tamworth were having none of it for the most part as four minut6es added time was shown.
There was still time for Sheridan to try his luck, running onto a through ball from Richter but firing high and wide and a couple of corners were also won which saw Nurse hit a shot on goal but there was no need for any unnecessary danger as the final whistle blew on a deserved victory.
Cisak, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, McAughtrie, Foster, Smith, Nurse, Sheldon (Marrison 82), Wright (Richter 88), Sheridan
Subs: Jackson, Ebdon, Law
Gamble, Garner (Keeling 72), Smart, Payne, Barwick, Sykes, Torpey (Barlow 66), Winn, Hall, Dean, Meecham
Subs: Burke, Wilkinson, Pearson
Yellow Cards: Sheridan 8, Barwick 45, Torpey 55, Foster 77
Referee: Mr. M. Dexter (Leicester)
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