Lambs victorious at Northwich
03 March 2007
A new ground and hopes for a moral boosting win against Northwich was the order of the day in Cheshire. With Matt Williams, Taiwo Atieno, Simon Helsop and Kyle Storer all suspended Lambs boss Gary Mills brought in two new faces who both took their place on the bench while there was a recall to the starting eleven for Jon Stevenson at the Victoria Stadium.
Ex Lamb hero Mark Hallam was in attendance and gave the ‘older’ members of the TFC setup a boost with a few well wishes prior to kick off.
Neither side could take control of the game in the opening encounters, on the Vics perfectly flat pitch until the 9th minute when Paul Brayson placed a header from a right wing cross straight into Viega’s arms from 10 yards.
Darryl Taylor forced the first corner of the game on 16 which Jon McGrath stepped up to take but Michael Briscoe could not direct his far post header toward the goal.
Wayward shots from Briscoe and Jon McGrath on 20 were as much action as both sides could muster while the Tamworth defence coped admirably with anything the home side threw at them.
Good work from Taylor and Graeme Law saw Stevenson force a corner on 33 but Edwards near post flick whistled past the far upright unhindered.
A well worked but fruitless freekick for The Lambs on 37 provided another close chance as Tamworth looked the hungrier of the two sides but a lack of quality in the box hampered any chance of an opening goal.
Bouyed on by a vociferous following Tamworth forced another corner on 39 but Northwich broke away and it took a clearance off the line by Law to stop the home side taking the lead as Matthew Shaw’s ball into the area ballooned goalward off Simon Weavers outstretched boot.
And it was Shaw again in added time at the end of the first half who headed a freekick just wide of the far post.
Tamworth again looked the more likely to be the ones to snatch a lead at the start of the second half but once again failed to turn half chances into anything worthwhile – although Briscoe’s 40 yard attempted lob would have been spectacular and deserved if it had been on target on 50.
A deflected effort from a low freekick somehow stayed away from Veiga’s goal on 59 and from the chance Tamworth broke and won a corner but neither Briscoe or Stevenson could get the ball past the blocking dives of the home defence.
Brayson watched in agony as his half hit shot from 8 yards came back off the post and was cleared to safety on 62 and Edwards was denied a shooting chance at the other end by the linesman’s flag seconds later.
Debutante Ludovic Quistin replaced Stevenson shortly after and The Lambs moved to 4-3-3 with Edwards in the middle of Taylor and the former Harlow Town man.
Taylor forced Ben Connett into a good save from distance on 67 with a low left footed shot from 15 yards after good link up play between Edwards and Quistin but there was no one to finish off the loose ball
Edwards then made way for Steve Burton up front but it was a ball on the left from Quistin that set up Taylor with a perfect header at the far post from six yards to give The Lambs the lead on 74.(1-0)
The home side pushed for an equalizer as the minutes ticked toward full time and when Briscoe brought down Brayson on the edge of the area on 88 it gave the home side the chance of netting from a free kick but strong defending from Tamworth stopped the threat.
Four minutes of added time did little to calm the nerves of the Lambs faithful but the final whistle did eventually come and with it all three points.
Edwards (Burton 70), Stevenson (Quistin 62)
McGrath, Briscoe, Smith, Taylor
Friars, Bains, Weaver, Law
Subs: Bampton, Imrie, Spencer
Brayson, Shaw (Dean 64)
Mayman, Carr, Roberts, Roca
Battersby (McCarthy 74), Griffiths, Charnock, Smart
Subs: Senior, Brown, Beaumont
Yellow Cards: Quistin 84, Roberts 90+4