Lambs look confident in win over Baggies
29 July 2006
The Lamb played host to the visit of West Bromwich Albion, who featured a number of first teamers in their line up and Tamworth boss Mark Cooper brought trialist Tom Kemp, from Lincoln, into the back four of an almost familiar side.
The Baggies started off quickly and looked sharp but Lee Moore and Jon Stevenson combined on a couple of occasions as Tamworth found their feet. John McGrath almost opened the scoring on six minutes but saw his shot blocked on the line. And there was more forward play from McGrath, Moore and Graham Ward shortly after but the Irishman fired over from 20 yards.
On 20, Emmet Friars took a tumble when challenged and went down holding his right knee but thankfully was able to continue.
Moore showed great skill to go around three West Brom players half way through the first period, but the final ball was cut out, while at the other end Rob Davies had a shot blocked by Bowles.
The Lambs cut through the visitors on the half hour mark but McGrath couldn’t get his shot away in time after a delightful dummy by Stevenson set him up with the chance.
On 35 minutes Tamworth took a deserved lead. Kyle Storer unleashed a right footed drive from 25 yards and despite the best efforts of ‘keeper Luke Daniels, Jon Stevenson nipped in to knock the ball home from close range. 1-0
Moore made another inspired run, down the left this time, jinking past two defenders en route to the goal, but fired over the bar from the edge of the area.
Then on 42, Friars pushed the ball the wrong side of the post from a Ward corner as Tamworth continued to show promise.
West Brom’s Rob Elvins saw his shot cleared of the line following a fumbled corner by sub James Dormand and despite four substitutions at half time Tamworth looked unfazed with fellow substitute Lee Hall managed a glancing header at goal from a Lee Moore cross.
Elvins made space for himself again on 56 only to curl his strike wide of the far post but once again Tamworth countered with Moore and Hall combining to create a half chance for the incoming McGrath, but Daniels was quickest to the ball.
McGrath sent a terrific ball through the heart of the Baggies defence to allow Robert Norris (trialist from Boston) a half chance just past the hour mark, but Daniels blocked his effort at the far post for a third successive Lambs' corner.
Friars struck his shot against a visiting defender for another flag kick as the Lambs' pressure built and Matt Redmile was denied at the far post twice from the resulting dead balls.
Norris forced another corner on 69 after more crisp passing movements down the right wing but Moore struck his effort from the clearance wide of the mark.
Lee Hall hit the post on 72 following more incisive running by Moore. His shot from eight yards beat Daniels, but rebounded into the floored ‘keepers arms and Moore broke free on 76 but shot straight at Daniels as the Lambs continued their grip on the game.
Norris bagged his side's second goal on 78 following another great move. The ball whipped across the goal from a long pass, Moore fired it back in from the by-line and Norris side footed home to make it 2-0.
Stevenson (Hall HT), Moore
McGrath (Douglas 79), Storer (Neilson 56), Bampton (Ridgway 69), Ward (Robert Norris HT)
Friars, Redmile, Kemp (Munday 74), Smith (Law HT)
Bowles (Dormand HT)
Subs: Cooper, Dryden
Daniels, Hodgkiss, Baker, Forsyth, Manchester, Sissko, McGovern (Nicholson 60), Davies (McQuilkin 79), Humphrey, Elvins, Nardiello (Labadie 73)
Subs: Bateman, Downing, Morrison