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Lambs fall to solitary goal

FT: Grays Athletic 1    0 Tamworth

13 March 2007

Tamworth’s run of three straight wins came to a halt with a disappointing defeat at Grays on Tuesday evening. There were high hopes before the game that Tamworth might even be out of the bottom four by the end of the night. But defeat to their relegation rivals saw them drop down to second from bottom again - although the gap between the Lambs and safety is only two points. A first half goal from on-loan Millwall striker Gavin Grant was enough to secure all three points for the Essex side.

Boss Gary Mills was disappointed with his side's defeat but insisted his players would quickly lift themselves ahead of the home clash with Halifax, and Mills admitted: "I thought we were off the pace in the first half. They were sharper than us and that was disappointing given the run we have been on. But I thought we bounced back in the second half and could have got an equaliser but it was not to be. It's just a case now of putting that behind us and getting back into training and preparing properly for Saturday."

The Lambs seemed hindered by the unavailability of Adie Smith and Emmett Friars in the first half at Grays and Mills was quick to point out that the fact he had to change a settled side had not helped. There were few chances throughout with Alex Rhodes blazing over the bar after 15 minutes.

Tamworth were dealt a blow when Simon Weaver suffered a knee injury and had to be replaced Ludovic Quistin. The Tamworth substitute had a right footed shot blocked by Jamie Stuart five minutes after the break while Rhodes fired over again for the home side. Taiwo Atieno was denied by Stuart on 70 minutes as Tamworth sought an equaliser. Daryl Taylor and Simon Heslop had further efforts blocked by the Grays keeper but the Lambs failed to claim a point.

Tamworth:

Veiga, Law, Tuohy, Weaver (Quistin 46), Bains, Taylor, Briscoe, McGrath, Heslop, Atieno, Edwards (Burton 79)

Unused: Storer, Stevenson, Bampton


Yellow Cards: Briscoe

Att: 779

Match report courtesy of the Tamworth Herald

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