Lambs stars make history
03 December 2005
The celebrations went long into the night after Tamworth pulled off one of the greatest FA Cup victories against League One Hartlepool to win themselves a place in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup for the first time in the clubs history.
A 33rd minute goal from Jake Edwards and a 48th minute header from Matt Redmile gave The Lambs a 2-0 lead, but the home side, who had hit the post early in the first period and looked threatening throughout pulled one back from the penalty spot when Edwards brought down Williams and Sweeney made no mistake from the spot.
Tamworth can take great heart from their performance, but Manager Mark Cooper – delighted with the victory – was also at a loss to explain why his side are struggling in the Conference. “I have given the lads a bit of a telling off”, he said after the game, “we lost to Altrincham last week and then went and pulled off a performance like this today. I am going to get the league renamed as the FA Cup Conference to see if it helps our form,” he joked.
The opening goal came after good play down the right from Kyle Storer who fed the ball into the box. Nathan Jackson missed his shot at goal, but the ball ran through to the far post for Edwards to fire home from close range.
Tamworth’s second came about in bizarre circumstances when a sliced pass/ clearance from the home midfield looped back down field and went out for a Lambs corner. Carl Motteram launched the ball into the box and Matt Redmile peeled off his defender before rising high to put a bullet header past Konstantopolous.
Hartlepool were a totally different side to Bournemouth who The Lambs knocked out in the previous round and their direct approach produced a number of scares throughout the final nail biting minutes and none moreso than as the final whistle approached. Scott Bevan did fantastically well to get down to take the ball off the Hartlepool attack’s toes and Graham Ward cleared a goal bound header off the line just seconds before the referee sent the 491 travelling Lambs fans into a state of delerium.
The draw for the next round sees The Lambs on their travels once again with a trip to Staffordshire 'rivals' Stoke City and the clubhouse wa packed with expectant fans in the presence of Sky TV and BBC cameras, who recorded the Lambs fans reaction as ball 50 came out of the famous FA ball machine and a new chapter in Lambs history began.
Edwards, Jackson (Heggs 78)
Motteram (Cooper 86), Melton, Ward, Storer (Turner 75)
Anaclet, Redmile, Smith, Bampton
Subs: Gayle, Touhy
Yellow Cards: Bampton, Jackson, Storer
Red Cards: none
Humphries, Tinkler, Sweeney, Butler
Brackstone, Nelson, Williams, Craddock
Subs: Barron, Williams, Clark, Provett, Istead