Lambs come back to record first ever win over H&Y
18 October 2011
After Saturday's victory at Newport County Lambs boss Marcus Law made three changes, bringing Jay Smith and Patrick Kanuyka into the starting eleven having come on in the win in Wales, while Scott Barrow also came in lending the formation to a slightly different line up as perhaps seen elsewhere.
Tamworth's record against Hayes (including ‘and Yeading') had never seen a victory for The Lambs and the partisan home crowd were hoping for a change in fortunes this time around.
The visitors got the game underway with Tamworth kicking towards the small massed band of travelling supporters but at the other end Hedge came out and slid the ball to safety a few feet from the clubhouse with Mackie advancing down the wing.
Tamworth enjoyed a spell of possession in the final third of the field inside the opening five minutes without really threatening and then on 6 Soares struck for goal but Hedge cleared with his feet.
In the next move Collins got the better of Francis and rounded Hedge but took it too far wide and found Francis blocking his route too goal the near post.
Hayes then enjoyed another good chance on 8 through Williams who curled a shot over the bar from the right channel.
On 14 Francis conceded a penalty clumsily tripping Dubois as he ran past and in front of him.
Soares stepped up to take the spot kick and put it into the bottom right corner (to Hedge's left) to open the scoring (0-1, 14 mins) - statto fact - the last time he scored at The Lamb was for Tamworth v Northwich Victoria in March 2003 during a loan spell from Reading.
St. Aimie was knocked down handing Smith a deadball 25 yards from goal which he struck high and wide and Tamworth won a corner on 21 which Kanyuka ran around for a corner on the other side.
From the corner Mackie blatantly back passed to Arnold six yards from goal and saw the whole Hayes team line up on the goalline. The ball was rolled to St. Aimie and he struck it hard but the Yeading wall was already advancing.
Christie put the ball into the net with a cool finish on 25 but it ruled out for offside and on 27 Barrow upt the ball onto the head of St. Aimie but his header was well saved and a similar move seconds later saw the flag go up to deny the replica move from the left wing.
A Hayes corner allowed The Lambs to break from the back on 32 and St. Aimie got a shot at Arnold from the right, which the keeper held well, but the visitors were soon back with the ball at their feet and in The Lambs half.
The visitors took a short corner with 10 to go and immediately won another following Green's intervention so took it long and won another from the deflected clearance from Habergham.
On 39 and then 40 Tamworth won a couple of flag kicks but neither came to anything directly, and the latter ended with a Christie shot which floated harmlessly past the right hand upright.
Then on 43 Francis powered a downward header towards goal from the left of the box and Arnold saved well, but the ball popped invitingly up for St. Aimie who from a few yards out blazed the chance over the bar.
Two additional minutes of added time were shown at the end of the first half which ended without further incident.
The Lambs got the second period underway kicking towards the Castle End and won a freekick on the right corner of the box which Habergham put into the mix and despite a shout or two the referee waved away any calls for a handball / penalty.
A slip by Francis allowed Collins in to attack the box from the left wing on 51 but thankfully his shot was wild and wayward.
A good stop by Arnold denied Christie's shot and he also rebound, while Hedge denied Collins' shot with a dive to his left.
Christie was booked on 61 after colliding with Arnold, although it appeared a bit harsh on the Lambs striker who was unable to stop when chasing a ball down and also appeared to try and get out of the was of the incoming sliding keeper but caught him on the side of the head.
Barrow was replaced by Thomas just past the hour and Hayes made one of their own shortly afterwards.
Following a foul on Cain on the left wing, Chrstie flashed a header from the dead ball just wide of the near post.
Hedge put the ball over the bar with a good stop from Soares on 70 while at the other end a good move by Tamworth was halted by the whistle and Law made two further changes.
Sub Patterson almost made an instant impact with a run down the right and cross, but it was put behind for a corner and from it Kanyuka headed wide of the mark from 18 yards.
Tait's ball in from the right wing was cleverly back heeled towards goal by Smith from a couple of yards out and if it had had the pace it would have probably beaten Arnold, but it didn't , so didn't.
Tamworth put more pressure of the Hayes goal as Tait won another corner on 81 and Green's header seemed goalbound, but struck Christie en-route and rebounded out of play.
A Patterson raced down the right wing on 82 he was brought down and The Lambs won a quick freekick which was turned into a corner and although it was initially cleared it was worked back in and St. Aimie put the chance away from a yard out. (1-1, 83 mins)
A superb save from Arnold denied a quick second from Tamworth as Patterson chested a long pass down in the box and struck it on the half volley towards the near post only to see the keeper push it around the post.
More pressure came immediately from the restart with a shout for a penalty earning Courtney a booking and a bouncing ball skied over the bar by one of no less than five Tamworth players looking to get the final shot away.
Arnold was booked for time wasting with two to go and then, on 90 Patterson set The Lamb rocking with a with a delightful right footed finish into the far corner from a perfectly weighted left wing cross (2-1, 90 mins).
Six minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and Kanyuka was booked for kicking the ball away.
As Thomas struck a sweet shot wide of the far post from the left, Smith lay prostrate on the ground as play carried on around him and on 95 Crockford slipped a miss hit shot from the edge of the box out of play past the right hand post.
Hedge, Tait, Habergham, Francis (Courtney 74), Smith, Cain (Patterson 75), St. Aimie, Green, Barrow (Thomas 62), Christie, Kanyuka
Substitutes: Mills, Bradley
Yellow Cards: Christie 61, Courtney 85, Kanyuka 90+
Hayes & Yeading Team:
Arnold, Franks, Spence, Cadmore, Ujah, Bentley, Mackie (Crockford 80), Collins (Pacqutte 64), Williams, Joseph-Dubois, Soares (Lee 87)
Substitutes: John, Preddie
Yellow Cards: Arnold 88
Man of the Match: Solus Coaches chose: Hedge
Referee: Mr. S. Smith