Lambs fall to Moors
05 January 2008
After a rocky Christmas period, Gary Mills came out in the press and on the official site defiant that his side would turn things around and their first test was against second from bottom Solihull Moors – a side that had won only once in 15 games – who featured a number of ex-Lambs in their ranks.
Mills brought in Andrew Teague, a defender from Macclesfield, while injuries and suspensions ruled out a number of the squad – Craig McAughtrie (who broke down in pre-match training and brought Jake Sheridan off the bench), Adie Smith, Jose Veiga and Chris Nurse all sat out while Rikki Bains who initially didn’t feature in the 16, had been placed on the transfer list during the week.
That led to five changes to the side that had started at Telford on New Year's Day and everyone was expectant of a rejuvenated Lambs side emerging from the tunnel.
Sunshine and rain greeted both sides in the first ever visit of the newly formed Moors side to The Lamb and Tamworth kicked off the game towards the Meadow Street end
Inside the first minute though Moors sent a warning shot across The Lambs boughs as Darren Middleton skimmed the crossbar with a skewed cross from the left wing.
The game was then a messy affair and the visitors enjoyed a spell of possession but failed to produce an end product.
At the other end, on 9, Jonti Richter won a corner from a well struck but deflected right foot volley in the area, but the flag kick was poor and came to nothing.
Junior English had strong shouts for a penalty turned down on 20 minutes when he was felled under pressure from the Lambs' defence with both sides continuing to struggle to find any sort of pattern or form.
Langdon picked up a booking on 28 for a challenge on Richard Follett and then on 30 Middleton almost stole in to open the scoring following a poor back header from Michael Briscoe which Teague cut out on route to goal.
After good work to get into the box by Sheridan on 34 he was unceremoniously bundled off the ball and the chance went before Solihull won a corner which came to nothing.
A second hefty challenge in five minutes from Marcus Ebdon on 39 saw him receive a stiff talking to from Mr Dunn.
Moors won two corners in succession three minutes before the break and came closest to opening the scoring for a second time via a snatched Danny Davidson close range shot into a crowd of players which was immediately cleared.
Kirk Jackson took too long to strike at goal on 44 and there was no-one in the area to finish a floated cross from Sheridan at the end of the same move.
Then, in added time at the end of the first half, Simon Hollis forced his way through the Lambs defence only to fire wide.
Both sides won corners in the opening minutes of the second period but failed to make any impression with them.
Richter won a free kick after being pushed off the ball by Tim Gould and although Moors won the ball back and Charlton Davies broke and fed Middleton, he ran into a brick wall in the shape of four Lambs' defenders.
Gould then had a great opportunity smothered by an othehrwise untroubled Philip Palethorpe on 54 after the home defence failed to deal sufficiently with a tame ball through the back four
On 56. after a looping header came back off the far post, the linesman flagged for the ball crossing the line as Tamworth tried to clear. Junior English found his name on the scoresheet much to the delight of the small band of visiting fans. (0-1)
Mills responded by replacing both of his strikers and Sheridan shortly after. But it was Moors who looked more like bagging a goal and indeed after Middleton had been denied by Palethorpe, Davidson rose highest from the resultant corner to cushion his header into the net. 73 (0-2)
Davidson then hit the crossbar with a glancing header after Tamworth had left Palethorpe unprotected at the back
Des Lyttle put the ball over the back of the Solihull defence on 77 but Adam Rachel collected the bouncing effort easily and at the other end, Briscoe denied a curling effort from Middleton with his head on 79.
Then on 84 Hollis struck the far upright with a rasping drive on the angle while back at the Castle End Nick Wright misfired from 12 yards.
Palethorpe denied Middleton again on 88 with a blocking save and Gould sliced his shot wide before three minutes added time was shown and at the end of it Solihull celebrated a rare league win.
Palethorpe, Lyttle, Langdon, Teague, Sheridan (Law 65), Briscoe, Richter, Ebdon, Jackson (Wright 60), Williams (Robinson 60), Sheldon
Subs: Bains, Edwards
Rachel, Follett, Motteram, Collins, Ayres, Gould, Davies, Middleton, Davidson, Hollis (Faulds 85), English
Subs: Moore, Streete, Midworth, Lynn
Yellow Cards: Langdon 28, Gould 77
Red Cards: none
Referee: Mr. C. Dunn (Staffs)
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