Lambs through to the next round
11 October 2008Tamworth welcomed Ryam League East Thurrock to The Lamb for their FA Cup third round qualifying tie in front of the FA’s own Road to Wembley camera’s (check out the FA website in the next few days to see the action).
Lambs boss Gary Mills made one change to the side that had defeated Hyde last weekend – new signing Tom Shaw came straight into the starting eleven to take the place of Lee Hildreth who was not involved in the game.
With £7,500 on offer to the winners of the game, Tamworth kicked off the game towards the Castle End and after a tentative start from both sides, Thurrock won a corner on 5 which came to nothing.
Rodman showed a good couple of touches to set himself up on 8 with a half volley, but cleared the terracing behind the bottom goal with his shot.
The Rock’s Holding picked up a booking for a late challenge on Wright on the half way line on 11 but a push in the box denied a Lambs chance at goal as the freekick went in.
A short pass from Wylde allowed Lovell to nip in and try a long shot and a mis hit kick from Bevan almost game the visitors a free shot on goal but Bevan and Foster were on hand to cut out the danger from the resulting left wing cross on 14.
Another Thurrock corner came on 16 which Langdon headed clear and Tamowrth broke but were unable to caplitalise on Wright’s low ball into the danger area from the right.
But almost immediately debutant Tom Shaw made it 1-0 with a close range finish which found it’s way into the net despite the efforts of Wray in the Thurrock goal. (1-0, 17 mins)
Wright crossed onto the head of Pritchard on 19 and Rodman was denied the seond Lambs goal of the afternoon only by the quick thinking of Newby.
However, Pritchard finished a fine move to make it 2-0 on 19 with a low drive after a neat one two with Wright into the box and past the last defender. (2-0, 19 mins)
With The Lambs looking for more goals, Sheldon tried an audacious lob over a stranded Wray on the turn on 21 but missed the target by a few feet.
Rodman linked with Lyttle to get a shot away on 23 but found Wray in the way and a deflection took Lyttle’s cross out for a Lambs corner on 25.
From Shaw’s flag kick Sheldon brought a good save out of Wray with a right footed low shot and a deflection took Touhy’s shot out for another corner for Thurrock on 27. Smith headed the flagkick clear and Rodman broke but the visiting defence coped and the chance was gone.
Yet another flag kick came Thurrocks way on the half hour and Bevan collected his own punched clearance.
Rodman then made ground before being crowded out of getting a shot away in the area but the ball almost fell kindly for Pritchard and then Wright, but neither could find a way through.
Kurt Smith picked up a booking after repeated incidents proved one too many for referee Mr Maton on 34 and the same player strayed just off side from Sammons through ball after he had dispossessed Wylde on the half way line.
Great individual play from Wright to beat two defenders with a deft back flick set up Sheldon at the far post put his shot on a tight angle unfortunately didn’t threaten Wray.
At the other end on 43 a rare attacking move from the visitors ended with Bevan requiring the magic sponge after taking a knock on the head from Smith’s boot as both went for the same loose ball in the area which the keeper claimed first.
Rodman went to ground to win the Lambs a freekick on the right wing on 45 and Wylde was inches away from making it three with his head as one minute added time was shown at the end of the first half.
Thurrock kicked off the second half and soon won a freekick 30 yards out in a central position but Wright blocked the effort.
Touhy put a tame shot at Bevan shortly after at the far post from a deep left wing freekick after Wylde was adjudged to have tangled with Smith.
A tackle from behind on Rodman won a corner for Tamworth on 53 and the same player squandered a great chance to head home and make it three when Shaw’s dead ball had been headed back into the six yard box by Langdon.
And on 58 another fine chance from 3 yards was somehow put over the bar by Rodman after a surging run from Wright had taken him into the box before putting the ball invitingly into the formers path.
Pritchard was brought down as he tried to run through the back four and won The Lambs a freekick on 64 which Sheldon stepped up to take and duly curled the dead ball beyond the reach of Wray at the near post for the Lambs third (3-0, 64).
Wright should have made it 4 on 66 but his shot was stopped by the feet of Wray after a great through ball from Pritchard set him one-on-one with the keeper.
A very late tackle on Pritchard on 68 saw Max Cornhill go in the book and set up another dead ball chance for Sheldon from a similar distance to his goal but this time he curled his shot just wide of the left hand upright.
Wright made a good run to the edge of the area past a couple of defenders on 71 but lifted his shot over the bar and Rodman was denied by the offside flag on 73.
The visitors forced a good save from Bevan on 75 through Smith’s effort and the rebound was cleared by Langdon when Touhy hit the rebound goalward as Thurrock refused to go down without a fight despite the obvious gulf between the two sides.
Lovell became the fourth Thurrock name in the referee’s notebook for a late challenge on Rodman on 77 and Rodman headed the resultant right wing free-kick from Shaw wide of the mark.
Newby stole in at the far post unmarked on 78 and put his first time shot over the bar before The Lambs made their first change of the match – Sheridan replacing Shaw.
A couple of corners then came for the Rocks but they didn’t manage to threaten the Lambs goal.
Llewellyn got a goal back for Thurrock on 85 with a close range finish from Newby’s deep cross (3-1, 85 mins) which Tamworth should perhaps have dealt with in the build up and Pritchard went close to restoring the numerical goal advantage in the next move but saw his close range shot pushed out for a corner.
Thurrock pushed forward though and it took a well timed challenge from Pritchard to deny Bajowa a shot on 87.
Pritchard picked up a harsh booking on 89 for a tame challenge on Cornhill shortly after the roles had been reversed and Pritchard had been sent flying.
Three minutes added time were shown and Murphy got a short run out before the final whistle blew on the game and saw Tamworth through to the next round.
Bevan, Lyttle, Langdon (Murphy 90+), Smith, Wylde, Foster, Wright, Shaw (Sheridan 79), Sheldon, Rodman, Pritchard
Subs: Lea, Burgess, McAughtrie, Law, Jones
East Thurrock Team:
Wray, Newby, Holding (Llewellyn 63), Wood, Pashley, Cornhill M, Sammons (Hall 63), Harrison, Smith, Tuohy (Bajoiwa 85), Lovell
Subs: Simmons, Cornhill L
Man of the Match: Sheldon, Lyttle and Smith
Referee: Mr. T. Maton (Leicester)