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Lambs record much needed victory at FGR

FT: Forest Green Rovers 1    3 Tamworth

24 January 2006

Lambs boss Mark Cooper returned to one of his previous clubs, and the scene of his dramatic third minute sending off last season for a crunch Conference fixture against in form strugglers club Forest Green Rovers in search of morale boosting win.

With Dave Bampton suspended following his sending off against Dagenham and Eddie Anaclet returning to Southampton, Cooper moved quickly to bring in former Lincoln man Peter Folkes into a depleted defence while Carl Heggs came and Nathan Jackson also returned to The Lambs flock after suspension.

Peter Folkes made an instant impact at The Lawn by scoring the only goal of the first half on 33 minutes. But Tamworth were nothing to write home about during a dire display by both sides in the opening 45.

On a pitch that resembled a desert and with the main stand being dismantled to move to Forest Green’s new home the fans would have been mistaken for thinking they had entered a battle zone.

The home side, who will move from their current home at the end of the season had the majority of the posession and created a half dozen or so chances created mainly by Johnnie Hayes and Alex Meecham.

Matt Redmile marshalled the threat of Julain Alsop, but the chances came mainly from the hard work of Hayes who forced Bevan into a number of easy saves.

But from Tamworth's first corner just past the half hour mark, Redmile headed the ball on and Jackson flicked it forward for Folkes to slam home from close range. (1-0)

HT 0-1

The second half was also little to write home about being a mainly scrappy affair.

Lambs custodian Scott Bevan was replaced by Mark Gayle on 64 minute due to what appeared to be a back injury after a clash with former Lamb Alsop and in the 75th minute Paul Wanless finished from close range for the home side after a free kick from 30 yards had sneaked through everyone and come back off the post. (1-1)

But sub Cooper created the Lambs second goal of the cold evening at The Lawn, forcing home 'keeper Ryan Clarke to block his drive and Danny Davidson was on hand to put the ball into the net from the edge of the area with 12 minutes to go. (2-1)

And in injury time, a long clearance out of the Lambs defence fell to Davidson who back heeled the ball into the path of Matt Williams for The Lambs third and decisive goal. (3-1)

Tamworth:
Heggs, Davidson (Rickards 90)
Ward, Melton (Cooper 70), Williams, Jackson
Tuohy, Folkes, Redmile, Smith
Bevan (Gayle 64)

Subs: Stamps, Turner

Forest Green:
Alsop, Madjo
Hayes (Sall 72), Wanless, Gadsby, Meecham (Beesley 85)
Searle, Garner, Graham (Teixiera 72), Simpson
Clarke
Subs: Harrison, Rendell

Yellow Cards: Williams 45, Alsop 60, Ward 70, Gayle 72

Att: 788

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