Lambs start campaign with a win and goals!
14 August 2010
The Lambs opening game of the new season arrived and with it the visitors from Eastbourne Borough, having made the long journey from the South coast early on Saturday morning.
Gary Mills's starting eleven held little surprises although Seb Lake-Gaskin did not feature in the 16 man squad.
Eastbourne got the game underway, kicking towards the Meadow Street end with the Shed in good voice.
Tamworth had the better of the early play and a good cross from Thomas on the left wing on 4 was met by Bradley, but his low side footed shot curled wide of the far post.
On 9 a high ball from Brown caused Atkins to sprint to the edge of his area with Boro players tangling with Lambs defenders but he was able to retrieve the ball.
Tamworth took the lead on 11 minutes when a long deep cross from the left wing by Barrow was headed away from the keeper and into the near corner by Perry (1-0, 11 mins) - the second goal in the new conference season (Darlington had scored in the 4th minute)
A snap shot from Bradley cleared the bar on 15 before Perry forced his covering defender to concede a corner and Perry was just beaten to the header. As the ball came back in there were shouts for handball in the area from the pitch and the surrounding terraces but nothing was given by the referee or his assistant.
A deep cross from Tait was flicked behind by Banks for another corner on 18 but Marshall's header lacked the necessary direction to send it goalward.
A freekick in the centre of the park went a bit awry, but Tamworth pushed on and when the ball rebounded in front of Marshall in the area he made no mistake with a low finish to double the lead (2-0, 19 mins) - this brought the chant 100% correct chant "we are top of the league" from the Shed!
Eastbourne tried hard to get back into the game from then on appearing to have found an extra burst of speed all over the park, but rarely created in the final third.
Rodman created some trouble for the home defence around the half hour mark before the visiting defence hooked the ball clear.
The Lambs made it 3-0 on 30 when Rodman, on the right of the area, nipped the ball off MacKenzie and drilled it low to the far post, Bradley turned the ball goalward and it Thomas dinked the ball home, in at the right hand upright (3-0, 30 mins)
Another searching ball from Barrow on the left gave Boro problems on 35 and he won a corner on the left with a similar ball that was deflected behind in the next move but it came to nothing.
A slip by Wylde on 39 allowed Johnson to turn inside fire a low shot at Atkins - Boro's first real shot on target of the game.
And the same player hit a scorching right footed drive which rebounded off the corner of bar and post on 42 with Atkins in full flight.
The Lambs won a couple of corners as the end of the half drew into sight, the first from the right was flicked behind and the second, from the left was halted when feet clashed on the edge of the area and the visitors were awarded the freekick.
2 minutes added time was shown at the end of the half and Tamworth won another corner, their 7th of the half, but it was flicked away and Eastbourne cleared before The Lambs left to rapturous applause.
The Lambs kicked off the second half and immediately went on the offensive. Rodman saw his run and shot charged down and Barrow's cross had to be headed away from inside the six yard box.
Boro pulled one back when a left sided freekick was glanced into the far corner by Pacquette's free header inside the box (3-1, 50 mins)
Tamworth refused to be rocked by the strike with Bradley and Barrow combining well but once again the left wing cross was powerfully headed away.
A good freekick from Weatherstone 25 yards out forced Atkins to make a save down to his right on 59.
Bradley was booked on 60 for protesting a foul against Tait and a foul on Elphick just outside the right of the area on 61 but the shot was blocked and Rodman sprinted forward only for Austin to be equal to his final ball into the box.
Another slip outside the Lambs area was penalised with a foul on 63 which Weatherstone struck in a similar fashion to his last effort and once again Atkins was equal to the dead ball.
Marshall was penalised for heading the ball strongly over the back of Crabb on 65 and the same Boro player took the kick which won his side a corner which Atkins stretched to collect at height.
Oakes came on for his debut on 66 replacing captain Smith who handed the armband to MacKenzie.
A disastrous knock back from Langston allowed Rodman to nip in and slot home from close range to restore the Lambs three goal advantage after Oakes' long ball looked like it was going to be easily dealt with. (4-1, 68 mins)
A foul on Rodman on the edge of the area on 75 set up a 20 yard freekick and MacKenzie struck it but Elphick encroached and was booked meaning Oakes had a chance from the retake which he curled over the bar.
A powerful strike deflected off the chest of Marshall for a corner on 83 and Elphick headed the flag kick down and into the net to make it 4-2.
Rodman came off for Sheridan in the 90th minute and four minutes added time was shown.
The Lambs played a bit of keep ball to run the clock down and Farrell replaced Perry in the final minute of added time as Sheridan won a freekick by the right corner flag but ran the ball out of play before the final whistle blew on an opening three points.
Atkins, Tait, Marshall, Wylde, Smith (capt) (Oakes 66), MacKenzie, Perry (Farrell 90), Rodman (Sheridan 90), Thomas, Bradley, Barrow
Subs: Mitchell, Lyttle
Eastbourne Borough Team:
Austin, Banks, Brown (Brinkhurst 70), Crabb, Elphick, Jenkins, Johnson, Langston, Pacquette, Treleaven (Taylor 55), Weatherstone (Smart 70)
Subs: Baker, Strevvett
Referee: W. Barratt