Lambs fall out of cup in final minute
11 September 2007
24 hours after facing the fans forum, Lambs boss Gary Mills fielded a strong side against Sutton Coldfield Town of the British Gas Business Midland division in their Birmingham Senior Cup first round tie.
Sutton had the first real chance after just 3 minutes and Ashley Timms had to save a shot from the right of the area by Mykel Beckley with his feet.
Both sides then started to move the ball around well and on 13 Gareth Sheldon received a defence splitting pass into the box. He cut the ball back for Carl Heggs who stepped over it allowing Tony Thorpe a shot but his effort was blocked.
Then on 15 Dave Bampton finished a good move with a shot from the edge of the area which squeezed into the corner past Chris Gemmell in the Sutton goal. (1-0)
A great double one two between Sheldon and Thorpe in the area almost produced number two on 20 but Thorpe was denied by Gemmell’s legs as he tried to fire the ball home from close range and from the corner Harry Donaghey lifted a long range floated shot just over the bar.
On 28 Thorpe set Edwards free down the left and he skipped past the last defender before crossing for Heggs. But Heggs couldn’t quite reach the ball with his head.
Then on the half hour mark, Sutton equalized through Justin Rowe who took a gamble chasing a ball back with Rikki Bains. Rowe managed to get his foot to the ball first and delicately chipped over Timms from 10 yards. (1-1)
Thorpe fed Sheldon on the right on 34 who crossed for Heggs and although he got a boot to the ball his shot went high over the bar.
The Lambs made it 2-1 in the 41st minute. Edwards tried a shot from the left which cannoned back of a Sutton defender to Sheldon who shot from the edge of the area and although it took a deflection and wrong footed Gemmell there is no doubt who would be claiming the strike.
A flowing move allowed Sheldon a shot at Gemmell just a minute later, but it was straight ta the visiting keeper, then at the other end, Bains conceded a corner with a clearance just a foot or so the right side of the post and from the flag kick Leon Doughty curled a shot wide of the right hand upright from 18 yards
Thorpe made a cutting run into the box but was denied a shooting chance by a well timed tackle as he bore down on goal on 50 while at the other end a run down the left wing and into the box by Matt Dodd allowed the Sutton midfielder to try a chip shot but Timms caught his effort at height.
Rowe showed he can be a tricky customer at times on 54 with a jinking run and shot but missed the target.
When Kyle Storer shot from 25 yards on 55 and Gemmell spilled his low strike Heggs pounced to put the loose ball away but was denied by the linesman’s flag.
But it was Sutton who equalized in the 58th minute via Rowe again. He took his chance well, slamming the ball home at the far post after the Lambs defence failed to deal with a cross. (2-2)
The Lambs won a freekick following a foul on Edwards on 65 which substitute Matt Williams struck and Gemmell had to dive low to his left to push away.
A Bampton cross on 67 was put behind for Tamworth corner from which Sutton broke and it took a decisive tackle from Donaghey to deny the run of Rowe.
On 74 Rikki Bains went down holding his shoulder in obvious pain but carried on despite the discomfort.
Storer picked up a yellow card on 78 after the Lambs midfielder tackled, apparently with both feet, Leon Blake and the Sutton man got his foot caught in the turf as they clashed which left him needing treatment.
Williams’ run into an unmarked goalscoring position from Storer’s switched through ball was pulled back for offside on 80 and a similar move this time involving Sheldon on 82 saw Gemmell quickest to the ball with Williams bearing down.
At the opposite end Beckley unleashed a right foot volley from 20 yards on 84 which cleared the bar and Sutton forced two corners as the minutes to extra time ticked away but failed to make them count.
After pushing forward, and after Williams headed over the bar, Tamworth then forced a corner on 88 but the ball was collected by Gemmell.
Then, in the 90th minute Doughty let fly from 30 yards with a right footed drive which flew past Timms to make it 3-2 to the visitors to see them through to the next round of the competition.
Timms, Tuohy, Donaghey, Bains, Briscoe (Turner 61), Bampton, Edwards (Waldrum 73), Storer, Heggs (Williams 61), Thorpe, Sheldon
Subs: Sheridan, Eugene Francis
Sutton Coldfield Town
Gemmell, Blake, Howes, Moran, Male, Thomas, Dodd, Doughty, Rowe, Beckley (Moloney 90), McGee
Subs: Behan, Jones, Watkins, Fuller
Referee: Mr. N. Hobbis
Apologies to any fans who may have turned up to the game ‘late’. The possibility of extra time and penalties meant the kick off was brought forward to 7.30pm by the match referee at 6.30pm.