Lambs come back twice to progress
16 October 2007
Lambs boss Gary Mills and reserve manager Marcus Ebdon used the Staffs Senior Cup tie with Stafford Rangers to have a look at a new faces in David Burtoft and ‘keeper Leigh Walker – both of whom had played in the reserves 5-0 thrashing of Telford United the previous week. The rest of the Lambs starting eleven comprised a mix of 1st eleven and reserves and the Rangers side featured 10 changes from their weekend line-up.
The autumn rain came down in sheets at The Lamb as the game commenced and Steve Hopkinson flashed the first shot of the match well wide of the target on 2.
A searching ball from Burtoft almost allowed Jake Sheridan a shooting chance but Danny Alcock cut it out on 8 and Tamworth won a corner on 10 which Burtoft took but the visitors cleared.
Micky Tuohy’s final ball into the area from the right wing was lacking on 17 after a flowing move from midfield then on 18 Steve Hopkinson fired a freekick into the area which Ross Draper put past Walker with a diving header to make in 0-1.
A brief spell of pressure by Rangers was countered by The Lambs which eventually saw Micky Tuohy steal in at the far post on 25 to equalize after good work by Chris Waldrum and Luke Edwards on the left wing. (1-1)
But Stafford regained the lead on 33 when Youngs beat the Lambs defence to knock home from 6 yards at the second attempt after it had looked like Walker would collect the incoming ball, but didn’t. (1-2)
Tamworth countered again and won a corner which Rikki Bains got a head but no direction to. At the other end Hopkinson received an inch perfect ball to the edge of the area only for Shawn Boothe to deny him and shepherd the ball out.
Already with a bandage on his head from an earlier collision, Stafford boss Phil Robinson was incensed about a tackle on team mate Seb Hamilton but referee Mr Bratt was having none of it. From the resultant throw in Seb Arnolin struck the far post with a looping shot and then Chris Waldrum picked up the first card of the game following a challenge on Tom Ingram.
With the rain still coming down Hopkinson slid straight into his own dugout shortly after kick off and had to be replaced after requiring lengthy treatment.
Burtoft released Edwards on 48 and his shot from the left of the area skimmed past the far post and a good run from Boothe on 54 won a freekick for The Lambs which was met by Edwards and clawed round the post by Alcock but the corner came to nothing.
A brave save from Alcock denied Jake Sheridan on 59 as he bore down on goal from Edwards through ball
then on 62 Luke Edwards put home, at the far post, a fantastic out-swinging ball into the box from the right wing by Burtoft which left Alcock unsure as to wether to come or not, to level the tie once again. (2-2)
Kevin Street brought a good save out of Walker on 71 with a right footed shot inside the area, and a surging run from Burtoft on 74 could have brought him a debut goal, but he should have pushed the ball through for Sheridan who was in a better position and was denied by the visiting defence.
Another chance fell to Burtoft on 76, this time he shot from the edge of the area and Alcock pushed the ball out.
Ryan Seal looked for a penalty after he fell with the ball at his feet and a defender close at hand on 78 but his appeal was waved away by the referee.
The Lambs then won another flag kick on 80 which Burtoft curled in and Chris Nurse slammed home from 8 yards to put the Lambs in front for the first time in the evening. (2-3)
Tamworth kept pressing to the final whistle winning a couple more corners and forced the ball into the corners whenever possible to go through to the next round.
Walker, Tuohy, Donaghey, Bains, Boothe, Mills (Seal HT), Burtoft, Nurse, Sheridan, Edwards, Waldrum (Ebdon 56)
Subs: (four only) Chambers, Holmes
Alcock, Ingram, Evans, Draper (Smith 64), Richards, Arnolin, Robinson, Street, Youngs, Hopkinson (Haywood 49), Hamilton (Hatherwait 45)
Subs: Doody, Phillips
Yellow Cards: Waldrum 41, Donaghey 59, Sheridan 70, Arnolin 72, Ingram 87
Referee: Mr. S. Bratt