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Lambs secure comeback victory.

FT: Tamworth 2    1 Grays Athletic

15 August 2009Tamworth entertained Grays Athletic in their first home game of the new season, and boss Gary Mills made no changes to the eleven that performed so well against Stevenage.

Grays kicked off the game with Tamworth attacking the Castle End and quickly won possesion ending with a looping effort from Sherdian which went high and wide.
There was a familiar chorus eminating from The Shed cheering on the Lambs in the glorious sunshine and Tamowrth were working hard to play their passing game and definitely had the lions share of possession in the early exchanges.
Wright beat the offside expertly on 9 but Edwards came out of his area to head the ball away from danger.
Grays though, found some time and space to work the ball through the Lambs back four on 14 with Morgan turning and pushing on before slotting the ball home with the outside of his boot to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
Another tricky move into the area from Morgan on 18 was cut out by Briscoe and at the other end Rodman made in roads into the penatly area, but a similar result was forthcoming when the Grays defence cleared.
But a minute or so later Pritchard neeted his second in two games to level the tie. Sheridan and Rodman slotted the ball through the Grays defence and Pritchard stole into the left of the box to prod the ball into the far corner, much to the delight of the home faithful (1-1, 20 mins)
And there was more celebrating to be done on 25 when Sheridan turned his man in the box, after good work down the right by Wright and Pritchard, and fired low into the far corner beyond the reach of Edwards (2-1, 25 mins)
Morgan and Graham combined to almost equalise for the visitors on 29 but Wylde was on hand to hook the ball away as it rolled towards the right hand post.
Pritchard’s cross was a dangerous one on 31 which saw Edwards and captain Bull clash under pressure from Rodman as the keeper caught the ball, and when Edwards subequently dropped it, there were a few bemused cries when Mr Amphlett blew for obstruction.
There was concern for Wylde with 10 minutes of the first half remaining as he got treatment on his right knee which gave the two teams time for a much needed drinks break. However, Wylde was unable to continue and Blackwood took his place for the remainder of the game.
Pritchard has obviously got a new taste for scoring, as on 39 he attempted a scissor kick from 18 yards which hit the target, but also found Edwards perfectly placed.
Rodman made a good run down the right and put a low ball in which was cleared but only as far as Tait who floated a cross to the far post which Wright met with a header, but which went off target.
A penatly claim was waved away when Slabber fell under pressure in the box on 42 while a freekick was awarded against Grays for a foul on Pritchard on 43 which went out to Sheridan on the left and he duly won a corner which nothing came from.
In added time Alcock came out to deny Morgan who broke through one-on-one and although a corner was won because of it, it was wasted.
At the other end, Wright hit a hopeful shot on a looping shot which ultimately went wide in the last action of the first half

HT: Tamworth 2    1 Grays Athletic

Wright almost made an early breakthrough but was denied by Edwards as he rushed towards the loose ball heading for goal.
Tamworth then continued to play their passing game only to be thwarted a couple of times by the offside flag.
Good work from Sherdian was halted by a defensive header after he had riden a couple of tackles down the left and on 54 Pritchard hit a low curling right footed shot which Edwards saw out at his near post.
Shaw hit a good shot at Edwards on the hour which the keeper took easily from 25 yards.
Grays sub Black hit a very hopeful effort which was way off target from distance on 64.
Rodman forced a corner on the right on 65 whcih was forced out to Tait who supplied a right footed cross looking for Wright’s head, but Edwards collected at height.
A surging run by Rodman down the left was let down by the final ball looking for Pritchard which forced him to change his run and Grays cleared.
Rodman then unleashed a powerful drive which was a whisker away as Wright came off to be replaced by Lake-Gaskin.
Grays won a corner on the left at the Castle End on 72 which Slabber headed over the bar and a minute or two later Davis picked up a booking for a late challenge on Blackwood.
Sheridan was denied by another offside call on 66 and Charge put a header into the arms of Alcock from close range a minute later.
Rodman collected and ran into the area on 82 squaring for MacKenzie, who saw his shot saved by the feet of Edwards when it looked odds on for a Tamworth third.
Hoyte, brother of Arsenal’s Justin Hoyte picked up a booking for a foul on Rodman on 83 but the freekick didn’t come off as planned.
Briscoe booted Blacks shot on the angle on the left of the area on 89 and three minutes added time were shown.
Tamworth played keep ball in the final throws of the game looking to ensure the three points were won and they duly were when the final whistle blew shortly after.

Tamworth Team:
Alcock, Tait, Briscoe, Smith, Wylde (Blackwood 38), Shaw, Rodman, MacKenzie, Wright (Lake-Gaskin 70), Pritchard, Sheridan (Nicholson 90)
Subs: Lyttle

Grays Athletic Team:
Edwards, Bull, Cutler (Braham-Barrett HT), Davis, Graham, Hoyte, Mawer, Morgan (Charge 57), Slabber, Terry, Long (Black 61)
Subs: Lumley, Makofo

Attendance: 729

Man of the Match: Chosen by Tamworth Baptist Church: Pritchard

Referee: Mr. M. J. Amphlett

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