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Lambs record fine home victory

FT: Tamworth 4    2 Grays Athletic

10 October 2006

Lambs boss Mark Cooper made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Stafford on Saturday.

Steve Burton and Adie Smith came in for Kyle Storer and Jon Stevenson who both took a place on the bench for the visit of last seasons FA Trophy winners Grays Athletic.
Tamworth made an early opening through Burton but Smith was not quite quick enough to knock the ball home at the far post and it was cleared, but following a foul on John McGrath 25 yards out, McGrath picked himself up and fired home a well struck bending free kick to give the Lambs the lead. (1-0)
A piece of outstanding individual skill brought about The Lambs second goal on 10 minutes. Taiwo Atieno found himself with the ball at his feet in the box under pressure from two Grays defenders, but dragged it back and turned on it before rifling a left foot shot past Ashley Bayes. (2-0)
Tamworth made an early opening through Burton but Smith was not quite quick enough to knock the ball home at the far post and it was cleared, but following a foul on John McGrath 25 yards out, McGrath picked himself up and fired home a well struck bending free kick to give the Lambs the lead. (1-0)
A piece of outstanding individual skill brought about The Lambs second goal on 10 minutes. Taiwo Atieno found himself with the ball at his feet in the box under pressure from two Grays defenders, but dragged it back and turned on it before rifling a left foot shot past Ashley Bayes. (2-0)
Tamworth made an early opening through Burton but Smith was not quite quick enough to knock the ball home at the far post and it was cleared, but following a foul on John McGrath 25 yards out, McGrath picked himself up and fired home a well struck bending free kick to give the Lambs the lead. (1-0)
A piece of outstanding individual skill brought about The Lambs second goal on 10 minutes. Taiwo Atieno found himself with the ball at his feet in the box under pressure from two Grays defenders, but dragged it back and turned on it before rifling a left foot shot past Ashley Bayes. (2-0)
Dennis Oli blocked a Sean Bowles clearance on 13 and thankfully for the home keeper it cannoned off the hoardings a few feet wide of his post.
Atieno made it 3-0 on 18 minutes with another great finish. Bowles kicked long and
Burton received on the edge of the Grays area before back heeling for Atieno to curl his shot into the corner giving Bayes no chance once again.
Bowles made a great stop for a snap shot from Aaron McLean on 21 as Grays looked to get back into the game and the Lambs keeper spilled an Oli header on 25 recovering quickly to prevent the ball rolling over the line.
Oil showed his aerial threat on 32 from a deep Glenn Poole cross, but his far post header deflected out off Ryan Laight for a corner which failed to threaten the Lambs.
Grays failed to pull one back from close range seconds before the half time whistle – McLean and Michael Kightly were denied by Simon Weaver with a timely intervention forcing the ball out for a corner which came to nothing for the visitors.

HT 3-0

Tamworth scored an unbelievable 4th goal on 50 minutes via the head of Bradley Thomas who powered home McGrath corner from close range to send the home support into delirium! (4-0)
McGrath almost bagged his second of the night with a similarly struck free kick to his first but Bayes pushed the ball around the post for a corner.
Burton shot on target but it was easily taken by Bayes on 55 and then The Lambs won another free kick 20 yards out but McGrath fired over the bar.
Bowels saved well from Oli on 61 after the Grays forward burst through the
Tamworth defence but the Lambs keeper was equal to his effort.
Tamworth forced three corners in succession on 64, but Grays dealt with the third and Oli managed a shot from their breakaway, but his effort was high and wide of the target.
John Martin fired wide for the visitors following some good forward play but was off balance when he shot and failed to trouble Bowles. Martin then clashed with Thomas in the middle of the park and despite already being booked the Grays midfielder stayed on the field but was substituted shortly after.
Despite the 4-0 scoreline, Grays still looked for a goal and forced a number of corners, one of which after
McLean let fly and Bowles had to push the ball out rather than stop due to the sheer force behind it..
And McLean then bagged himself a goal on 77 with a powerful low strike from inside the area which Bowles could only watch as it went past him (4-1)
But Tamworth were not going to let the game swing any further in the visitors favour as Thomas blasted a right footed drive at goal on 78 after McAllum’s shot from a Lambs freekick came back out but the on-loan Yeovil youngster’s shot went agonizingly over the cross bar.
Grays got another one on 87 minutes, this time through Adam Green who struck left footed from 15 yards after McLean’s powerful drive had been blocked by the Tamworth defence. (4-2)

FT: 4-2

Tamworth:

Burton (Stevenson 71), Atieno
McAllum, Smith, McGrath, Harban (Ward 90)
Laight, Kemp, Weaver (Kendrick 88), Thomas
Bowles

Subs: Storer, Cooper

Grays Athletic
McLean, Oli
Poole, Nicholls, Martin (Thurgood 71), Kightly
Green, Sangare, Stuart, Sambrook
Bayes

Subs: Knowles, Boylan, Williamson, Smith

Goals: McGrath 2, Atieno 10, 18, Thomas 50, McLean 77, Green 87
Yellow Cards: Martin 36, Weaver 60, Smith 90, Kightly 90
Red Cards: none

Att: 907 (twenty eight from Grays)

MOM: chosen by match sponsors TOL Decorators, Birmingham: Taiwo Atieno

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