Lambs fall to Scott Rickards strike
25 August 2007
Tamworth entertained Gary Mills’ former club Alfreton Town as The Lambs entered a potentially tricky Bank Holiday weekend - Alfreton started the afternoon at the bottom of the league and featured ex-Lambs in James Lindley, Mark Barnard and Scott Rickards.
Mills stayed true to the side that had defeated Hyde United the previous Saturday with the only change coming on the bench, where Mario Pedro replaced Micky Tuohy.
Tamworth started brightly, doing their best to pen Alfreton back in to their own half from the first whistle but it was Rickards for the visitors who got the first real shot away on 6 minutes which Veiga was equal to.
Alfreton came back into the game and exerted some pressure on the Lambs but failed to trouble the home defence
Tamworth won a corner on 17 and although the corner was forced out Gareth Sheldon crossed but Rikki Bains header was off target.
Rickards tried his luck on 22 but shot well wide from distance and on 25 Kyle Storer hit low from the edge of the area, but it took a slight deflection which slowed the ball down and Lindley collected.
Then, on 31, Kris Bowler took the ball around Kyle Storer on the bi-line and Rickards forced the ball home after Viega had parried the low ball into the danger area from Bowler. (0-1)
A disastrous back pass by Brian Cusworth on 36 left Tony Thorpe with the seemingly easy chance of levelling the tie, but after taking the ball around Lindley he missed opposite post by inches and although Anthony Robinson was there, he would have been offside had he put the ball in the net. (see pic)
Veiga picked up a booking on 38 for a foul on Rickards and Bowler took the freekick by the corner flag but Cusworth’s header dropped onto the netting on top of the goal.
A good move by Alfreton ended when Bowler struck from 15 yards and forced Veiga to push the ball out for a corner on 40 which Veiga punched clear.
A fine turn and shot from Robinson forced a save with his legs from Lindley on 43 but Alfreton, who were putting eight men behind the ball when Tamworth moved forward held the initiative at half time.
Gary Mills brought on Dave Bampton at the start of the second period to shore up the midfield. Robinson took the ball to the bi-line on 50 and although loud shouts went up for hand ball a corner was given. The corner came to nothing, but Lyttle floated the ball to the far post shortly after and Robinson tried to force it past Lindley, only to see it balloon up off the ‘keepers boots.
Tamworth kept up their pressure but Alfreton continued to defend strongly and frustration showed when Robinson picked up a yellow on 58.
A double attacking substitution followed on 59 with Matt Williams and Carl Heggs giving the Lambs a fresh pair of legs up front.
But chances were at an absolute premium as The Lambs struggled to break down the Alfreton back line
Rickards forced a save from Veiga on a tight angle on 77 while at the other end Matt Williams clashed in the box with Kyle McFadzean leading to a break in play while Chris Walton also required treatment after a challenge in the air with Adie Smith.
Williams made space for himself on 83 to unleash a right foot shot at Lindley which the visiting keeper parried and seconds later he robbed Lindley of the ball only to see Gregg Young clear off the line.
Lindley denied Des Lyttle’s shot on 86 with a full bodied stop at the Lambs defender powered in at the far post and on 87 a bad tackle on Bampton by sub David Cockerill was punished only by a yellow card.
From the free kick, which saw every Alfreton player in the area, Tamworth won a corner but it was headed clear and from the long throw Heggs was denied at point blank range by Lindley as Tamworth the Derbyshire side under seemingly endless pressure.
With all the stoppages in the second half, three minutes added time were greeted with disbelief by the home fans.
Midfielder Gary Mills struck over the bar in stoppage time and Heggs won a corner in the 50th minute but Bampton’s glancing header went wide of the mark.
Veiga, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, Bains, Mills, Storer (Bampton HT), Smith, Robinson (Heggs 59), Thorpe (Williams 59), Sheldon
Subs: Pedro, Edwards
Lindley, McFadzean (Outram 90), Barnard, Wilson M, Young, Wilson L, Brown, Walton, Cusworth (Hannigan 55), Rickards, Bowler (Cockerill 68)
Subs: Ellis, Green
Yellow cards: Veiga 38, Robinson 58, Wilson L 84, Cockerill 87
Referee: Mr Martin Chester (Lincoln)
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