Lambs defend strongly and win with 10 men a piece
18 August 2007
After Tuesday’s night’s wake up call against Redditch United, Gary Mills stuck with the same outfield ten that had gone down 3-1 at The Valley while Jose Veiga came back from suspension to replace Dave Clarke between the posts.
Hyde came into the game unbeaten, by virtue of a 2-0 opening day victory and came back from 3-0 down to win 6-3 last Monday night.
The weather was typical for the Manchester area as the game kicked off with light drizzle covering Ewen Fields and making conditions slippy under-boot.
Both sides started brightly with Tamworth perhaps holding the upperhand in the opening encounters, including a shout for a Lambs penalty when Gary Mills was pushed off the ball in the area on 6.
Hyde won a freekick 35 yards out slightly to the right of centre on 7 but Tom Cowan’s effort from distance was harmless.
On 11 Earl Davis squandered a good chance to give the home side the lead after Veiga’s punch failed to clear a freekick and the Hyde defender tried an overhead kick at the far post when a header may have opened the scoring.
Neither side could take control of the game although Veiga did make a stop to deny a loose ball causing any damage on 20 a it ricocheted around his crowded area.
Then, on 24, Gary Mills gave the Lambs the lead with a right foot volley from 25 yards after the home defence failed to deal with a high ball into the box. (1-0)
Hyde’s midweek hat-trick hero Chris Simm was denied what he thought was a penalty at the other end on 29 as Veiga came sliding out to collect the ball and he went down under a challenge from the Lambs defence but the referee was having none of it and waved play on.
Hyde won a dubious freekick on the left of the area on 31 after Des Lyttle handballed (to protect his face from a half volley straight at him!) but the home side wasted the dead ball.
Tony Thorpe was adjudged to be offside on 34 from Kyle Storer’s defence splitting through ball while at the other end Hyde pressed hard for the equalizer and almost snatched one via Matthew Tipton but he was leaning back and shot inches over the bar on 35.
On 40 Robinson and Cowan tangled in the middle of the park leaving Cowan writhing in agony although he had thrown a punch at the Lambs forward following the two footed tackle which saw the Lambs man take an early bath and when Cowan had recovered sufficiently he too was shown the red card leaving both sides a man short for the remainder of the game.
Good work from Thorpe and Sheldon which almost produces a second goal on 51 eventually brought a corner for Tamworth which came to nothing, but before the kick had been taken, Dave Bampton replaced Lyttle who seemed to be struggling. Unfortunately the flag kick came to nothing.
On 56 Veiga tipped Simm’s right footed driven effort over the bar at full stretch and another hefty tackle left Mills needing treatment, but he was OK to carry on.
And Mills almost bagged his second on 62 but missed the target from a couple of yards after a lovely floated ball to the far post from Thorpe.
Then on 63 it was Mills who turned provider for Bampton to slide the ball past the despairing outstretched hands of Dootson to make it 2-0.
Thorpe made a good run on 65 but fired over the bar after beating two defenders but Dale Johnson pulled one back for the home side on 67 turning and firing home after The Lambs defence failed to clear the ball. (2-1)
A push in the area ruled out a headed equalizer for Hyde on 69 as gaps started to show all over the field, mainly due to the lack of bodies on both sides.
Substitute Matt Williams forced a reflex save from Dootson on 74 from distance which won a corner for Tamworth but the home ‘keeper collected.
Hyde skimmed the crossbar with a move from the left wing on 75 and continued pressure from the home side brought about some last ditch tackles and saves from The Lambs back line.
Mills fed an inch perfect ball to Thorpe on 80 only for Dooston to deny his chip with a one handed stop while at the other end on 84 Johnson fired wide from the edge of the area.
The home side then won a freekick on the edge of the area with just 4 minutes remaining – Matthew Tipton struck the deadball well, but Veiga was equal to his effort and pushed it away from danger low to his left at the far post.
Michael Briscoe put his whole body in the way to deny Tipton on 88 and from the corner Veiga collected at the feet of the onrushing attackers as almost unrelenting home pressure came and with it 4 minutes of added time.
The Lambs defended resolutely to the end and there were loud cheers from the traveling faithful when the final whistle blew.
Veiga, Lyttle (Bampton 52), Langdon, Briscoe, Bains, Mills, Storer (Pedro 77), Smith, Robinson, Thorpe, Sheldon (Williams 71)
Subs: Heggs, Williams, Donaghey
Dootson, Brass, Cowan, Davis (Gedman 85), Band, Wharton, Cartwright, Pickford (Johnson 54), Tipton, Simm, Clee
Subs: Lynch, Harrison, George
Yellow Cards: Smith 89
Red Cards: Robinson 40, Cowan 40
Referee: D Bond (Wigan)