Lambs fall to single goal as both sides end with 10 men
29 August 2005
Lambs' boss Mark Cooper was frustrated with the game and even more so with the sending off of Graham Ward and Hereford's Ryan Green after 86 minutes.
"It was a case of handbags bewteen the two and although Green did make contact with Ward there were just a few minutes left on the clock. What I am more annoyed with was Bob Taylor's penalty claim in the second half. Bob is a proven striker and has been playing for 20 years and with a clear shot on goal 15 yards out he is not going to dive for no reason. But we have to pick ourselves up and look to Morecambe next Saturday. We performed better than at Stevenage but the 4-4-2 formation left us exposed in midfield and we will be looking at changing the way we play, while the bodies are available, to fill the gaps."
Julian Alsop had the first chance of the game directing a close range header onto the outside of the far post from Hugh McAuley's cross on 12 minutes, but when the Lambs failed to deal with an Adam Stansfield run 8 minutes later it proved costly.
Stansfield managed to get down the right wing and under pressure from Ward looped a cross onto the head of Alex Jeannine who had time to power a header into an empty net.
Chances were few and far between as the game ran on and McAuley perhaps should have done better on 50 minutes from a Bob Taylor knock-down but fired high over the bar.
A defence splitting pass set Stansfield free at the other end but he dragged his shot wide from the edge of the area.
Jon Brady then forced a fantastic save out of James Dormand who pulled off the save of the game - deflecting the ball away with his left arm while diving to the right.
Matt Redmile's back post header went over the bar from a Scott Stamps' corner and Bob Taylor found time to turn and shoot in the box, but fired just wide, as Tamworth pressed for an equaliser.
On 86 minutes Green tripped Ward and both players squared up and when a fracas ensued referee Mr Graham produced a red card for both.
On the injury front Adie Smith was substituted on 29 minutes due to a tight calf and Scott Stamps is still suffering with blisters on his feet.
Dormand, Smith (Turner 29), Redmile, Brown, Ward, Alsop, McAuley, Storer (Hollis 59), Stamps, Jackson (Whitman 58), Taylor
Unused: Bampton, Gayle
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