Lambs get that winning feeling back
22 September 2007
On the back of a good display, but nothing to show against Boston on Wednesday night, Tamworth welcomed Workington to The Lamb for the first time in nearly 25 years.
Lambs boss Gary Mills made one change to the side from midweek with Ben Leonard, on loan from Bury, taking the place of Jake Sheridan who dropped to the bench.
For the opposition, who sat in 5th place prior to kick off, ex-Lamb Joe Kendrick started.
Tamworth started brightly, looking to score their first home league goal for 331 minutes and won an early corner from sustained pressure.
With 4 minutes gone Gareth Sheldon’s left wing cross fell for Matt Williams who forced a close range double save from Aaron Taylor in the Workington goal as the Lambs once again signaled their intentions from the kick off.
A corner was forthcoming on 11 for Tamworth via a misplaced header from the visitors and Sheldon’s long kick came out to Williams who made no mistake from 15 yards with a powerful low drive. (1-0)
On 21 Chris Nurse jinked to make space and floated a right footed curling cross onto the head of Williams, but the Lambs striker couldn’t get enough direction on his effort and it went wide.
Michael Reed beat the offside trap on 22 for Workington and it took a timely intervention from Dominic Langdon to put Reed off his stride and allow Jose Veiga to collect.
Tamworth immediately raced to the other end and forced a corner and although Sheldon’s kick was cleared, Nurse forced another shortly after. Williams headed on for Leonard to try a shot on the volley from 12 yards, but his shot went over the bar.
Nurse made a great run from midfield on 26 hurdling two challenges to get to the byline but his final ball into the area was too hard, and although Sheldon whipped a cross in from the opposite side play was stopped for a push in the area.
Some good play out of midfield saw Nurse and Williams combine well only for the visiting defence to clear.
John Wright flashed a right footed shot past the far post on 36 for Workington.
On 40 Graham Anthony and Robinson tussled on the half way line and there were loud boos as it looked like the Workington player had thrown a punch, but both received a yellow card.
Veiga tipped a back header around the post from Wright on 42 for a corner which came to nothing then, in added time at the end of the first half, Robinson spun on the ball 20 yards out and curled his shot into the far corner to send the Lambs in two goals to the good at the break.
Tamworth pressed Workington into their own half from the second half whistle and won a corner on 48. Williams sent a cross to the far post after receiving the flag kick which Robinson headed well but into the arms of Taylor. The visitors then broke and Wright shot straight at Veiga under pressure.
Workington then enjoyed a spell of possession and Kendrick finished a move and cross from the right with a powerful low shot from the left which Veiga saved well.
Gary Mills brought on two subs just short of the hour mark – Sheldon and Leonard being replaced by Adie Smith and Jake Sheridan.
Robsinson released Smith with a deft through ball on 64 but the Lambs midfielder was bundled off the ball as he tried to advance on goal and Tamworth tried to turn the screw once again.
But Workington would not go down without a fight and forced a corner on 75 which Williams hooked clear and Anthony struck a right footed shot from the edge of the area on 77 which went over the bar by a good yard.
Sheridan almost finished a low cross from the left from Robinson on 82 only to be denied by the covering Workington defender.
At the other end on 86 Reed forced Veiga to concede a corner with a low shot on the left of the 6 yard box but the Lambs ‘keeper collected the flag kick easily.
Williams was denied a second strike on 88 when a push on the last defender was flagged by the linesman as he broke away and rounded Taylor with the goal at his mercy.
Four minutes added time were shown but with it no further incidents – and more importantly three points and a clean sheet.
Veiga, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, McAughtrie, Bampton, Nurse (Mills 82), Leonard (Smith 58), Robinson, Williams, Sheldon (Sheridan 58)
Subs: Bains, Thorpe
Taylor, Hewson, Rowntree, May, Gray, Kendrick (Webster 67), Anthony, Hopper, Wright (Johnston 73), Reed, Nicholson (Carmichael 82)
Subs: Gullen, Bryden
Yellow Cards: Nurse 41, Anthony 41
Referee: Mr Sutton (Belper)
MOM: Chosen by match sponsors Hanson Building Products and Interlink Express: Dominic Langdon and Chris Nurse