Late Shaw penalty not enough for Lambs
20 February 2010
Gary Mills' Lambs took a break from league action for their FA Trophy Quarter Final tie at Salisbury City, and although the two sides met earlier in the week and the home side won via a solitary strike less than two minutes into game the prize of a place in the last four of the competition was on offer at The Raymond McEnhill Stadium along with a few thousand pounds in prize money so a totally different game was expected by all.
From Tuesday night Mills made five changes to his starting eleven, while City boss Tommy Widd made three changes to his.
After the ritual pre-kick off huddle Salisbury got the game underway, kicking towards the mass of Lambs fans behind the goal.
Salisbury won a throw on the left wing inside the second minute after working the ball into the middle of the park with a couple of passes Adelsbury struck from 35 yards right footed and although Alcock got his hands to the ball he couldn't prevent it from crossing the line for another quick opening goal for the home side (0-1, 2 mins).
City on a corner on the left on 6 which was booted away from danger from inside a crowded area and after a few minutes of mixed possession in the middle of the park Tubbs tried a curling shot from the right channel which failed to trouble Alcock.
Shaw took a right footed freekick from the left wing on 12 but Salisbury dealt with it comfortably and won one of their own on the right wing on 14 after a foul by Sheridan on Clohessy. The same player sent the ball into the area and as it bobbled around the area Clarke managed a header towards goal but lifted his effort over the bar.
Shaw's corner fell to Wylde past the far post and his cross was cut out allowing the home side to break through Gray who tried to find Connolly on the opposite side of the pitch which The Lambs defence dealt with sufficiently as frustration emanated from the TFC dugout.
Christie forced a corner on the left on 19 with a blocked shot and although the home side cleared Tamworth kept hold of the ball until Chris Smith's left wing cross was handled by Christie as he fell from his attempted header, inside the area on 22.
With nine men behind the ball as The Lambs tried to push on just past the half hour mark, Briscoe's long throw from the right was worked back to Shaw in a central position outside the area who struck a right footed shot past the right hand upright with Bittner in full flight.
And it was 2-0 to City on 35 when Clarke crossed from the left, Tubbs tried a header which Alcock parried but only into the path of Sinclair who pushed the ball over the line from a yard out (0-2, 35 mins).
Mills immediately made a change, with Sheridan replaced by Murdock in a bid to get back into the game quickly but it was almost three to the home side when Alcock scampered out tot the corner flag to deal with a ball and Salisbury won possession back only to squander the change of a near open goal.
Tubbs hit a weak left foot shot at Alcock on 45 as the Lambs dugout once again vented their frustration at the way the game was going and two minutes added time were shown and Alcock made a great save from a very powerfully driven low shot from Adelsbury from 20 yards before the players returned to the changing room with one half time team talk undoubtedly differing massively from the other...
Rodman, his first game for some time, came on for Blackwood at halftime changing the Lambs line up at the back to four, with Wylde now on left.
A stop start move into the Salisbury area on 50 was stopped when a foul by Christie was penalised while at the other end Connolly got his foot to the ball with Chris Smith closing down but was only able to divert it slowly back to Alcock.
Clohessey was released down the left on 53 and cut back inside to fire a shot at goal but cleared the woodwork and on 56 Sinclair jinked around his marker to put the ball onto the head of Tubbs who forced a point blank save from Alcock.
MacKenzie replaced Pritchard just before the hour mark and Salisbury did everything they could to slow down play and keep possession while still moving forward in search of a third goal.
Rodman lost the ball on the halfway line on 62 allowing Sinclair to play Tubbs in with a shot on goal which struck Briscoe inside the area and when no foul against the Lambs defender was given Tubbs had another go for goal but put the ball into the side netting from the left of the box.
The Lambs midfield was left wanting on 65 when Tubbs played in Connolly but thankfully for TFC his shot left a lot to be desired.
Then on 67 Christie fired home from close range but was called offside after Wylde put the ball into the mix from the left of the box and earned the former a yellow card for protesting the decision which did look tight.
Lake-Gaskin won a Lambs corner on the left on 73 which was Shaw took and Wylde's header was cleared off the line.
Tait was booked for a foul on Clarke on the halfway line on 78 caused more by the slippy surface than initial intention and then in desperation to get his side back into the game Christie hit a first time shot from distance on 79 but found his aim way off target.
The final sub of the game came on 82 and on 84 Christie was booked for a second time for a high boot on Ruddick leaving Tamworth a man short for the final 6 minutes.
Rodman forced Bittner to tip over his bar on 85 with an over head attempt from the right of the area and on 88 Ruddick handled the ball as MacKenzie shaped to shoot allowing Shaw to step up to take the spot kick which sent Bittner the wrong way to reduce the areas and set up a tense final few minutes (1-2, 88 mins)
Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and Alcock came up for a corner leaving just Tait at the back and although Salisbury broke and Flood got a shot away and Alcock got back just in time to tip it away for a corner which was wasted by the home side and the final whistle blew a few seconds later.
Alcock, Tait, Blackwood (Rodman HT), Smith C, Wylde, Pritchard (MacKenzie 57), Sheridan (Murdock 35), Shaw, Briscoe, Lake-Gaskin, Christie
Subs: Lyttle, Smith J
Salisbury City Team:
Bittner, Clohessy, Ruddick, Turley (Cox HT), Sinclair, Clarke, Tubbs, Adelsbury, Gray, Giles (Bush 63), Connolly (Flood 82)
Subs: Osman, Pryce
Referee: Mr. M. Bull (Chelmsford)