Lambs fall at The Wessex
24 March 2007
Tamworth made the long journey to the south coast to face The Terra’s of Weymouth hoping to move away from the relegation zone and keep the momentum going that has seen Gary Mills’ side concede just one goal in six outings and pick up thirteen out of the last eighteen points.
After an overnight stop in Bournemouth the players arrived at The Wessex Stadium without the services of Adie Smith, Simon Weaver and Matt Williams – all recovering from injury. So Mill’s stuck with the same starting eleven that had won a point at home to Kidderminster on Tuesday night – in fact the only change was on the bench, with Steve Burton being replaced by new signing Ujah Curtis – a defender previously at Reading, in on loan.
Glorious sunshine but a bitterly cold wind whipped through the stadium at kick off and it took both sides a while to settle down. Jose Veiga showed no fear in leaving his box to clear long balls forward from the home team with Raphael Nade closing in.
Chances were few and far between as the minutes ticked on. Play was jilted and although Weymouth perhaps had the ball in the Lambs half more than Tamworth did in their hosts, the Lambs defence was coping admirably with anything that came at them.
Taiwo Atieno crossed from the left on 22 or Jake Edwards to head at Jason Matthews goal but there was no power in his effort which the home ‘keeper collected easily.
A poor clearance and woeful defending from the Lambs allowed Nick Crittenden a relatively easy header from 8 yards to give the home side the lead on 26. (0-1)
Kyle Storer struck from distance on 31 and his shot deflected off a Weymouth defender for the Lambs first corner but it came to nothing, and when John McGrath found space inside the area moments later on the left it looked as though he would set up an equalizer but his pass was cut out and cleared.
A free kick dead centre and 30 yards from goal came to Tamworth on 38 which Michael Briscoe struck straight into the Weymouth wall and less than a minute later Ashley Vickers was adjudged to have brought down Atieno but McGrath saw his resultant spot kick saved by Matthews off the post for a flag kick. It wasn’t all bad though as Atieno rose highest from the corner to head the equalizer and make amends for McGrath’s tame penalty miss (1-1).
Half Time: 1-1
Edwards burst through on 46 around the back of the home defence but Matthew’s blocked his effort from a tight angle on the left of the six yard box and from a corner on 50 Edwards headed over the join of bar and post.
There was another penalty on 53 when Darryl Taylor was adjudged to have brought down Conal Platt and Tony James slotted the ball right footed past Veiga to give the home side the lead again.(1-2)
Taylor sprinted down the right and looked to have got the Lambs equalizer on 56 but he watched in agony as the ball bounced past the far upright after Matthews had come out and narrowed the angle on his shot at goal.
A blistering shot from distance from Simon Weatherstone just past the hour mark brought applause from the home crowd but it was always rising over the Veiga’s bar.
It was 3-1 to Weymouth on 68 when Ishmael Welsh whipped the ball in from the right which deflected off Rikki Bains ankle and left Veiga with no chance of stopping the ball going into the net.
Welsh struck a good shot at goal on 69 but again the ball cleared Veiga’s crossbar by inches as the home side continued to search for another goal to add to their tally.
Welsh found himself in acres of space on the right on 74 and beat Veiga but not the upright with what seemed a certain fourth goal an when Stuart Beavon collected the rebound with just one defender on the line it looked a certainty that he would score when Welsh couldn’t but he totally miscued his shot and the Lambs breathed a sigh of relief.
However it was short lived as Nade beat his marker a minute later and Veiga had to drop quickly to block his low shot.
Lambs substitute Jon Stevenson got a header at Matthews on 83 from Taylors right wing cross and Atineo tried his luck from long range on 85 but his shot went past the post.
Edwards (Stevenson 82), Atieno
McGrath, Storer (Quistin 59), Heslop, Taylor
Friars, Bains, Briscoe, Law
Subs: Tuohy, Bampton, Curtis
Nade, Beavon (Bell 90)
Welsh (Coutts 90), Weatherstone, Platt (Dutton 90), Robinson, Crittenden
Vickers, James, Cottrell
Subs: Phillips, Tindall
Yellow Cards: Quistin 66, Friars 90
Goals: Crittenden 26, Atieno 41, James 53 (pen), Welsh 68
Referee: Rodda (Devon)