Lambs go out to Trinity
12 January 2013
Following the disappointing 4-1 reversal to struggling Braintree last weekend, Marcus Law brought his side to Northolme to face Gainsborough, positioned in the top four of the Blue Square North.
Law made two changes to the side from the previous weekend, with Lee Hendrie failing a late fitness test and Sam Oji taking a place on the bench as Adam Cunnington started the game and Jordan Roberts made his debut in midfield.
The Gainsborough team took to the field in blue and accompanied by a local girls side while the Solus sponsored Lambs took their positions emerging from the other end of the main stand shortly before the home side got the game underway.
An early foul on Cunnington allowed Tait to put the ball into the area but Gainsborough cleared and between ex-Lamb Russell and Yates Trinity tried to forge a chance which was cleared by Tait - the only player to still be at the club since the two sides last meeting in the Fat Trophy in 2009-10.
A corner is won on the left on 5 but booted away however Trinity regain possession and Breeden is thankful of gathering a long low shot from Yates.
Nelthorpe's run wins another corner on the left onn 7 and the ball comes out for Russell but his shot rises high over the bar.
On 9 Marshall nearly opened the scoring at the far post following a long freekick into the box which Cunnington flicked through.
When Cunnington and Wright were felled together in the right channel Barrow lined up the deadball but his effort rose high and wide of the mark.
But on 17 The Lambs fell behind when Yates ball form the left wing was dummied by Stamp and Russell got his boot the chance and sent it past breeden from 6 yards in the left of the box (0-1, 17 mins)
Then on 21 Yates ran through from 25 yards out and slotted the ball past Breeden to double the lead. (0-2, 21 mins)
The Lambs enjoyed a spell of possession but failed to make it count as the half hour ticked around and when Roberts got the ball through from Kelly on 29 it ballooned up and was headed away by the defence and Kerry picked up a yellow card.
On 38 Breeden saved a third with a block after Stamp and Hawkridge combined to allow Yates an angled drive but the keeper was excellently positioned to block his effort.
Tait picked up a booking on the halfway line for a late challenge on 41 and as added time approached the opposition captain also saw his name go into the book.
Two minutes added time was shown at the end of the half butu even Marshall's long boot forwards can't threaten as the whistle blew.
The Lambs restarted proceedings attacking the covered end of the ground and Till put an early cross into the box but a foul halted play and keeper Budtz restarted play.
After the positive start, the home side started to turn the screw again and Marshall was penalised for a pull midway into the half, becoming the third Tamworth player to pick up a yellow card on 49.
After a drop ball in the middle of the park on 52 Cunnington was released by Tait and a corner was won which Wright headed strongly but off just target.
On 55 Law swapped Till for Gudger on the right and Breeden was called into action again shortly after, denying Yates again with a telling stop low to his left after Stamp had released the winger down the left side and advanced into the box before picking his spot, only to be foiled by the keepers agility.
As the game went on past the hour Tamworth continued to work hard but create little in the final third.
Lloyd Kerry hit a hopeful effort from distance over the bar from distance on 68 and it won him a corner as Budtz made sure it went over with a covering push over the bar, but the flag kick was wasted and the ball quickly found itself in the Lambs half again.
Wright was booked for a foul on Yates on the halfway line on 70 and Law made his second change on 73 bringing Turner on for Roberts.
Gainsborough's Yates was involved in two moves that should have extended the scoreline on 74 and 76 but both times his final touch was found wanting after good interplay between Stamp and Hawkridge.
At the other end Marshall got a rare header away in the box but it went wide of the left hand post and on 82 Cunnington's cross found Kerry but the header was easy for Budtz to gather.
The game went on and Tamworth were handed a lifeline on 88 when Turner headed home powerfully from close range, but the final whistle blew after 4 minutes of added time and ended The Lambs Trophy dreams.
Tony BREEDEN (GK), Richard TAIT (c) (Scott JAMES 90), Marcus KELLY, Tom MARSHALL, Adam CUNNINGTON, Tommy WRIGHT, Lloyd KERRY, Jordan ROBERTS (Elliott TURNER 73), Duane COURTNEY, Peter TILL (Connor GUDGER 55), Scott BARROW
Subs: Sam OJI, Dale BELFORD
Gainsborough Trinity Team:
Jan BUDTZ, Dominic ROMA, Josh WILDE, Luke WATERFALL, Daniel HONE, Michael LEARY (c), Craig NELTHORPE, Simon RUSSELL, Jamie YATES (Shane CLARKE 86), Darryn STAMP (Paul CONNOR 83), Terry HAWKRIDGE (Tyrone THOMPSON 90)
Subs: Joshua BATTY, Jonathon WILLIAMS
Referee: Mr. R. Joyce