Lambs finally win at home!
15 October 2005
Lambs' boss Mark Cooper made two changes to the side that lost at Cambridge just over a week ago with new loan signing Jake Edwards making his debut and Tris Whitman coming in for Jimmy Turner. And prior to kick off it was revealed that Aaron Brown had been selected for the National Game XI (see separate story coming soon!).
Gravesend pressed Tamworth from the first whistle with The Lambs looking to record their first home win of the season against the side with the worst shots against to goals conceded record in the league but newcomer Edwards showed some sparks up front as the home side started to push forward.
Neither side seemed able to forge any meaningful attacks so Cooper took off Matt Redmile, suffering with a hamstring injury, for James Francis and dropped Dave Bampton into the back four.
Half time approached with no shots on or off target for either side and no real clues being given as to when some goalmouth action would occur as Tamworth coped well with any Gravesend forays forward and while looking devoid of ideas at the other end of the field did manage a wayward long range effort by Edwards on 42.
Four minutes into the second period, a fumble by visiting keeper Craig Holloway from a Scott Stamps cross almost allowed Francis a shooting opportunity but Holloway cleared the danger with the youngster bearing down on him.
Just when all was looking bleak at an actionless Lamb, Francis forced a corner and Dave Bampton fired home through a crowded penalty area after a Gravesend defensive header fell invitingly. (goal time 59 minutes)
This sprung the game to life and within a minute Jay Saunders went close with a header from Lee Protheroe’s cross which beat Dormand but, thankfully for the home side, also the far post.
On 71 Carl Heggs controlled well under pressure in the area but both he and Whitman were denied from close range following a dangerous right wing cross from Graham Ward.
Tamworth thought they had won a penalty three minutes later when Ross Smith handled, but the referee deemed it had occurred outside the area and Graham Ward’s free kick was deflected over the wall for a corner.
The Lambs went close again through Heggs who made a powerful run from midfield ahead of his marker and made space to shoot on 79 minutes, but saw the ball whistle past the post.
Protheroe fired in a free kick on 88 which McArthy headed well but Dormand was equal to his effort – the ‘Fleet’s first effort on target all game and in second half stoppage time Edwards struck the crossbar after making space for himself on the edge of the area and James Francis almost scored just seconds before the final whistle but put the ball wide of the target.
Whitman (Taylor 81), Storer, Ward, Bampton
Stamps, Redmile (Francis 32), Brown (Turner 85), Smith
Unused: Cooper, Gayle
Sodje, Grant (Omoyinmi 67)
Jackson, Surey, Saunders, Slatter (Drury 57)
Skinner (Glozier 83), Smith, McArthy, Protheroe
Unused: Gooding, Kerr
MOM: as chosen by Cogdsill (Nuneaton), Hanson Building Products and Tamworth Quality Services
Adie Smith, Dave Bampton and James Franics