Lambs have to settle for a point
29 August 2011
Marcus Law engaged his squad rotation button once again for the visit of Telford United to The Lamb on Bank Holiday Monday, making four changes to the starting eleven from the victory over Bath at the weekend.
Mills, Patterson, Bradley and Christie all took places on the bench with Cain, St. Aimie, McDonald and Shariff all starting against Andy Sinton's promoted Bucks side.
The Lambs kicked off towards the Castle End and won a freekick on the right which McDonald floated into the box and Green missed his acrobatic effort.
Then, at the other end a slip by Barrow allowed Mills to cross into the area and Brown tried to slot the ball home but transpired to direct his far post cushioned effort past the near post with Hedge beaten.
Thomas tried a curling floated shot at Young on 4 but the keeper took it easily.
A clash in the box left Hedge needing lengthy treatment as Telford continued to just edge the possession keeping the ball in the Lambs half for the next few minutes without creating any chance to speak of.
A Barrow ball in created problems and eventually a cross found the head of the hardworking Tait but he couldn't keep the chance down.
Smith conceded a freekick in a central position around 25 yards from goal on 15 but Newton put his deadball strike wide of the right post.
Good work by Cain on the right saw the ball cross the box and fall kindly for Barrow on 20, but he was unable to keep his shot down and cleared the target by some distance.
Telford forged a chance on 26 but the shot was poor and it certainly wasn't Valentine's day and then they won a corner which The Lambs dealt with efficiently.
Tamworth won one of their own on the half hour, but it too was cleared and a couple of niggly fouls on Smith and Thomas gave the home side a small respite from the persistence closeness of the home side.
Samuels was booked or a foul on Shariff on 32 setting up Smith to try his luck from the left but his effort just cleared the bar.
On 35, St Aimie pushed the ball right for Cain who returned the favour with a cross into the box, but he put the resultant header over the bar from close range and Telford countered.
Francis made his way to the other end of the pitch for a Barrow freekick on 37 and headed straight at Young, before Brown got a tame shot away at Hedge on 38 from the edge of the box which the keeper dealt with effectively, diving low to his right.
No thought of a backpass was entered into by the referee despite loud shouts from the travelling faithful when a cross from the right that came off Tait was collected by Hedge on 40.
Then, the Lambs took the lead when St Aimie managed to see daylight from the edge of the area and fired low into the bottom far right hand corner. (1-0, 41 mins)
Two minutes added time was shown at the end of the half and Preston was booked for a high boot on Shariff allowing Barrow a dip at goal, but it came back out to Smith and Young gathered his effort at height before the whistle blew.
The Bucks started the second half but lost possession quickly and Tamworth went on the offensive.
Play then flipped like a coin around the centre circle with both defences having to be strong although they were rarely troubled too much.
Tait tried a left footed curler into the far corner on 54 but missed by a few feet and a curling ball into the danger area from McDonald on 55 was well defended as Cain looked for a touch at the far post.
A rare Thomas header at goal came on 56 but it was weak and easy for Young to catch in his midriff as Andy Sinton made his first change of the game.
Considered forward play from Tamworth ended with a mishit Smith shot from 20 yards on 59 and on 62 Davies was booked after a number of smaller fouls became too much for the referee.
On 66 Shariff almost doubled the lead with a snatched shot on the turn which Young did very well to push out just enough for a corner, but when the ball came back in, St. Aimie span on the chance and fired home from close range (2-0, 67 mins)
Patterson came on for Thomas with just over 20 to go and on 70 Rooney fired home to reduce the arrears after the defence uncharacteristically failed to deal with a cross from the right wing. (2-1m 70 mins)
Shariff looked for goal with a rising effort that cleared the bar on 72 as Bradley came on for his 50th appearance in place of Smith.
The visitors enjoyed a spell of residency in the Lambs final third shortly after but is was short lived and Cain floated a cross just over the bar on 75.
With time running slowly down the visitors tried to up the tempo of the game in the final quarter of an hour and on 79 Meechan latched onto a through ball and drew Hedge out of his goal before rounding him and slotting home from the left of the area. (2-2, 79 mins)
Barrow whipped a cross in but Patterson was unable to get a foot on it in the next move and Mills came on with five to go and Tamworth being forced to defend in numbers as both sides went in search of a winner.
Rooney sliced a shot from 20 yards well wide of the target on 87 and Brown glanced a header from a right wing cross wide of the left hand upright on 88.
Tait blocked Rooney's potentially goalbound drive with his whole body as the 90th minute came into view and as the board came up to show four minutes added time, Bradley hit a long range shot over the cross bar.
And the final whistle came and the spoils were shared.
Hedge, Tait, Francis F., Smith (Bradley 72), Cain, St. Aimie, Thomas (Patterson 69), McDonald, Green, Barrow, Shariff (Mills 85)
Subs: Reynolds, Christie
AFC Telford United Team:
Young, Salmon (Rooney 63), Newton, Samuels (Farrell 73), Whitehead, Preston, Davies, Trainer, Valentine, Brown, Mills (Meechan 58)
Subs: Evans, Williams
Yellow Cards: Samuels 32, Preston 45, Davies 62
Man of the Match: Chosen by Computer Friendly: Kieron St. Aimie
Referee: Mr. D. Handley