Last minute equaliser denies Des his first win
23 October 2010
After his ‘managerial debut' last weekend, Des Lyttle took charge of his first FA Cup tie as Tamworth welcomed Grimsby Town to The Lamb. Marshall was replaced by Mitchell and with Bradley out through illness Lyttle brought in MacKenzie in two changes to last Saturday's eleven. With seven substitute places available to fill, Troy Wallen took a place on the bench, although Tamworth named only six subs compared to Grimsby's five.
The Mariners got the match underway kicking towards the Meadow Street end of the ground, and inside the first minute from a long throw on the left Corner floated a header over the target.
The visitors had the majority of the possession in the opening exchanges, and on 4 the same Grimsby player found his inanimate namesake with a wayward shot from distance.
Lake-Gaskin tumbled in the area on 5 and the half hearted shouts for a penalty were waved away by the referee.
Hudson had two attempts on goal on 9, the first was cut out well but Mitchell and the second, a lofted shot from 18 yards forced Severn to stretch high to catch the ball under his bar.
Peacock sprayed the ball down the left wing on 12 and Bore crossed looking for a teammates head at the far post, but Barrow got to it first and headed the danger away.
Tamworth counter attacked with a flowing move out of midfield and MacKenzie hit a powerful drive from 25 yards, right footed which went a foot or two wide of the right hand post.
Bore hit a hopeful long range effort straight at Severn on 17 as the heaven's opened and a chill wind whipped around The Lamb.
Barrow had to be quick to block a shot from Bore on 18 conceding a corner as the ball span out of play to the left of the goal and from the corner Garner flicked his header onto the roof of the net from 8 yards.
At the other end, Lake-Gaskin forced Garner to divert his cross from the right over the bar, but Town broke quickly and Corner got his head onto a throw in on the right which Corner headed downwards and Severn gathered.
Peacock required treatment around the 22 minute mark, and continues despite a slight limp in evidence and when Tamworth pushed forward, MacKenzie sliced his effort well wide of the mark.
Grimsby won a corner on the right on 26 which Tamworth cleared at the second attempt and although the balance of possession was swinging slightly in the visitors favour, Jay Smith curled a shot just wide of the right hand upright on the half hour from the left channel, about 18 yards out.
Another flag kick came for Grimsby on 34 which MacKenzie worked hard to clear after a scramble in the area and Ridley became the second visiting player to need the magic sponge, going down on the half way line.
Thomas was upended by Wood in the left corner by the clubhouse on 37 setting up Smith with a right footed freekick which found the head of Rodman but he flick was too strong and the ball went out wide of the far post.
A good run by Lake-Gaskin through three Town defenders on 41 won Tamworth a corner and when the ball came out to the edge of the area the same player slammed a shot at goal from 20 yards which Croudson tipped over the bar for another corner.
The visiting defence headed it behind for another flag kick and although it was headed away Thomas crossed looking for Perry, but Wood got in the way and pushed the ball onto Perry who watched in agony as it rebounded off his thigh and just wide of the far post.
Corner picked up a booking for a leading elbow on Wylde just before 2 minutes added time were shown by the fourth official.
The Lambs kicked off the second period, after the shorter than usual (FA Cup rule - 10 minute) break but it was the visitors who had the first chance with Corner winning a corner from a low shot which Severn pushed around the post. Peacock hit a hopeful effort at goal from the ensuing play, but Severn caught easily at the near post.
Rodman skipped into the area, lost the ball and then won it back on 50 but Croudson denied his angled shot with his feet and Perry was not quite in the right position to fire in the loose ball, as Garner cleared the danger.
Rodman caused more mayhem in the opposition box on 51, stealing the ball off the feet of Croudson on the right of the area before it rolled across for Lake-Gaskin who tried to find a way through, but his shot was deflected slightly and the keeper dropped to collect at the near post.
Severn denied Corner with a superb save on 53 after Bore had crossed from the right. Corner had a clear sight on goal, but Severn threw himself at the shot and as it came out it rebounded off the head of Hudson just wide of the far post.
Lake-Gaskin hit a powerful low drive from 25 yards on 57 which Croudson spilled and from the rebound, Perry followed up, but saw his shot blocked for a corner which came to nothing.
Bore somehow made his way into the area past five or six Tamworth players on 65 but eventually found his way blocked although there were a few fraught moments as he seemed to be evading everything that came at him.
MacKenzie got into a good position in the box but was unable to get a shot away before Atkinson slid in to deny him on 70 but there was not stopping his 71st minute shot from a similar position which he drove into the far corner to the delight of the home faithful. (1-0, 71 mins)
Mitchell headed a Coulson cross from the right off the floor on 80 and away from danger and at the other end, Rodman brought a good save from Croudson from the right of the box which saw the keeper parry his rising shot and divert it away from goal.
Both sides made a change on 83 as Grimsby shaped for a right sided corner which Rodman headed away at the near post but another flag kick was won, on the opposite side in the next move and Rodman was there again at the other post to get the ball away with another header.
Grimsby's 268 travelling fans watched on as Barrow blocked Coulson's shot on 85 as Rodman once again headed the corner clear and when Garner had an effort Wylde booted the away.
The visitors kept looking for a way back into the tie and were halted by the offside as the minutes ticked down.
Bore hit a shot at goal from the left of the box which slipped through Severn's fingers and went out for a corner on the other side of the goal just as the fourth official showed four minutes added time.
The ball was driven low into the area from the right sided flag kick and Connell spun to fire low inside the near post to level the tie (1-1, 90 mins) and mean both sides must retry on Tuesday night.
Severn, Tait, Wylde, Mitchell, Smith, MacKenzie, Perry, Rodman (Oakes 90), Thomas (Wilkinson 83), Lake-Gaskin, Barrow
Subs (six named): Marshall, Lyttle, Wallen, Connor
Grimsby Town Team:
Crousdon, Bore, Ridley, Hudson (Coulson 59), Garner, Cummins, Peacock (Leary 82), Connell, Wood, Corner (Eagle 59), Atkinson
Subs (five named): Kempson, Peet
Yellow Cards: Corner 45
Man of the Match: WLC Logistics chose Seb Lake-Gaskin
Referee: B. Khatib (Sunderland)