Lambs fall to Romans
06 April 2012
In the first match of the last month of the season, Tamworth welcomed already relegated Bath City to The Lamb with both sides looking for a rare win.
Marcus Law's home side came into the game with just two league victories since playing Gateshead in the FA Cup in early December and with the visitors having recorded just five league victories all season, the latest being a 2-1 defeat of Lincoln who turned over The Lambs at the weekend, so with ‘nothing to play for but pride' (as the old saying goes) nothing was a certainty as both teams hoped it would a Good Friday for them.
After sitting out the last two games through suspension, Paul Green returned to the side as Law made three changes to the side that ran out at Sincil Bank with Jean-Paul Marna and Nick McKoy coming in alongside Green for Francino Francis, Connor Taylor and George Baldock.
To mark his 20th year as Chairman of The Lambs Bob and Pam Andrews sponsored the game and grandson Gabriel was mascot. Bob and Gabriel lead the team handshakes and prior to kick off the players requested song "(Girl I'm, going to make you) sweat (La La Long)" sounded over the tannoy.
The Lambs got the game underway kicking towards the Castle End and The Shed were ably assisted by a certain ex-Tammy Sam Holliday - now of course a resident of Aquae Sulis.
Although played at a fast pace, there was little to report in either box as both sicdes cancelled each other out in the opening exchanges.
Tamworth started to exert some authority on the game and won a corner on 12 but a foul halted proceedings.
Garner was called into action on 15 to parry a driven Barrow freekick and a minute later the visitors for forced to make an early change in personnel, introducing one-time Lamb Simpson into the fray.
In a rare move towards the Meadow Street end on 23 Bath won a corner and Tait headed away before Jones tried a cross which came to nothing.
Murray put pressure on Hedge and the ball went long to Thomas who found Habergham and his ball in almost set up Collins but he couldnt control the chance and a foul halted play.
A freekick from Canham allowed Jones a free header at Hedge from the left of the box on 28 but Hedge was not troubled.
A flowing move down the right channel ended with a fine finish from Barrow but the flag went up for an offside against Marna who was adjudged to be interfering with play.
This woke the visitors up a little and Cook placed a header towards goal while at the other end McKoy tried his luck from distance and only just saw the ball whizz past the left hand post with Garner in full flight to his right.
A cross from the left was met by Collins head on 37 but again the ball squeezed past the wrong side of the left hand post, and then Cook tried an audacious shot from the halfway line which just went off target and possibly could have embarrassed Hedge.
Garner, diving to his left, stopped the ball with his feet on 40 after Barrow cut the ball into the box from the left and Marna span and shot from 12 yards as The Lambs continued to be frustrated up front.
Canham rifled a low shot wide of the left upright from the edge of the box while Collins tried to cause problems with a low drive from the right wing but Garner collected.
A right footed drive from Stonehouse on 43 didn't trouble Hedge, but did expose a gap in the Lambs back four, and when Cook got the better of Habergham on the right wing, the latter was booked.
Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the first half which saw Lambs pressure and a strike from Barrow from 18 yards but a save from Garner prevented a goal before the whistle blew.
Bath got the second half underway but were soon defending and Thomas forced a corner with a deflected effort which could have gone anywhere, including into the net (but didn't!). The corner was taken by Garner and City pushed forward. They were awarded a freekick 30 yards out in a central position but Jones was unable to connect with the chipped forwards ball.
On 54, after camping out for a long period in the Bath half Nix chipped from the left of the box and Collins headed a few feet wide of the post.
Rollo was booked for a challenge from behind on Marna on 56 and although Nix put the ball back across the face of goal Garner pushed it away and McKoy blasted it high over the target.
Barrow tried a shot from the right channel on 59 but it took a deflection off a defender and went out for a corner on the left which the same player took and then also the resulting throw in.
Patter replaced Habergham and The Lambs reshuffled on the hour and put pressure on the goal once again but neither Marna or McKoy could find a way through the Bath defence.
Murray then received the ball on the right but under pressure from Barrow curled his shot wide of the mark.
The Lambs made a double substitution on 67 and Thomas left fly on 71 but only found the advertising hoardings above the unsegregated away end.
Nix tried to curl a shot at goal on 73 but it went out for a corner and Barrow looked for the head of Patterson at the near post but Garner collected.
Some pressure from the visitors had to be dealt with on 75 as Tait cleared his lines but a corner was headed home by Cook in a central position to give Bath the lead. (0-1, 78 mins)
Patterson almost put the Lambs on level terms in the move after the restart but he was thwarted as he shaped to shoot by the defender who required treatment following his intervention.
Barrow, pushing on from his left back position, got into a good position on 82 but fired across the box and Patterson jinked through the box but Garner was not in a mood to be beaten.
A Lambs corner then presented itself on 84 butu Garner once again collected Barrow's dead ball.
With the minutes ticking down Tamworth tried to push for a point but no real chances came and the fourth official indicated four additional minutes.
A shot from Stonehouse took a wicked deflection for a Bath corner deep into added time and the visitors took it short. Hedge was eventually able to launch it long but when Bath got the ball back they were in no rush to lose possession and played the game out for an away win.
Jonathan HEDGE (GK), Richard TAIT, Sam HABERGHAM, Sam OJI, Jean-Paul MARNA, Danny THOMAS, Kyle NIX, Paul GREEN (c.), Scott BARROW, Charlie COLLINS, Nick MCKOYSubs: Duane COURTNEY, Connor TAYLOR, Liam McDONALD, Kyle PATTERSON, Iyseden CHRISTIE
Bath City Team:
Glyn GARNER (GK), Mark PREECE, Jim ROLLO (c.), Andy GALLINAGH (Sekani SIMPSON 16), Gethin JONES, Alex RUSSELL, Lewis HOGG, Marc CANHAM, Scott MURRAY, Jamie COOK, Paul STONEHOUSE
Subs: Adam CONNOLLY, Marley WATKINS, Josh EGAN, Danny SMITH
The collection + gate contribution totalled £1126.85 to St. Giles' Jo's Appeal. Thanks for your support.
Man of the Match: Bob and Pam Andrews chose Richard Tait
Referee: Mr. R. West