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Lambs fall to last minute

FT: Tamworth 0    1 Leigh R.M.I.

22 February 2005

A goal right at the death was enough to separate The Lambs from bottom of the table Leigh RMI who recorded only their second win of the season thanks to substitute Mark Peers' 90th minute winner. Andy Roscoe fired the ball into the box and Peers forced the ball over the line despite the best efforts of 'keeper Ricky Millard and Adie Smith.

Neither side produced much to write home about throughout the game as the Lambs were forced to make all three of their permitted substitutions in the first half.

Firstly Dave Robinson was replaced after 15 minutes and although first indications were that he had not broken his ankle and it was perhaps ligament damage, it is a crushing blow for Lambs' manager Mark Cooper.

Second to leave the field was Bob Taylor, five minutes before the break, with a knee injury which t is hoped is not too serious.

And third to force a change was Scott Stamps who had a recurrence of his knee injury. "I was hoping to play through until the end of the season and have the required operation (to clean out his knee) in the close season as it would keep me out for three to four weeks." said a downbeat Stamps after the final whistle.

In the second half Tamworth were effectively reduced to 10 men when Mark Turner took a knock on his calf and moved into a forward position to 'lessen the blow'.

Cooper was almost speechless after the game which saw his side's run of defeats extend to five games. "If we had been able to keep our starting eleven on the field then things would undoubtedly have been different, but we ended up having to put square pegs into round holes. Leigh had a lot of possession but I was disappointed with our performance. We lack fire power but we were never going to beat Leigh by a cricket score. I've been trying to bring in some players but no one wants to come as they are all holding out for the deadline and looking for opportunities at league clubs."

Tamworth have a week to recuperate before their next game (away to Scarborough), and will be looking to stop the goal drought which has now lasted for 478 minutes. York's win at Exeter also meant the Lambs dropped a league place to 17th - the lowest the side have been since mid October.

Tamworth: Millard, Adie Smith, Bampton, Redmile, Stamps (McIntyre 45), Ebdon, Rose, Robinson (Simpson 15), Turner, Taylor (Storer 40), Whitman.
Subs Not Used: Price, Cooper.
Booked: Adie Smith, Bampton.

Att: 902.

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