Late Storer penalty just a consolation
22 April 2006
Tamworth traveled to Conference Champions Accrington Stanley to see a near capacity crowd welcome the league champions who were presented with the title Trophy after the game, but Lambs boss Mark Cooper, despite news perhaps confirming his side’s league status next season, was looking for a win from his side to keep them out of the relegation spaces.
Cooper welcomed himself and Matt Williams back to the side while injury to Alan Neilson and Tommy Johnson ruled the two out.
It was bad news for The Lambs after just 2 minutes when Danny Davidson had to be substituted for Nathan Jackson after the former Stafford striker went down holding his hamstring.
Stanley won a corner on 5 but Bowles collected easily and in an attacking move for the home side, Michael Tuohy had to receive treatment following a clash with Bowles.
Graham Ward then unleashed a right foot strike on 11 which whistled past Rob Elliot’s right hand upright in The Lambs first chance of the game.
Matt Redmile made a mistake from Gary Roberts freekick on 25, slicing the ball out for a corner, but Stanley failed to capitalise and the game continued with little in the way of scoring opportunities for either side.
A good move out of midfield by Williams set up Kyle Storer with a headed chance at goal, but the youngster couldn’t direct his effort towards Elliot.
Williams again showed what The Lambs have been missing up front with a jinking run into the area, forcing a near post save from Elliot and a corner.
And to counter Tamworth’s chance, Romauld Boco struck from 20 yards but his shot went high over Bowles’ cross bar on 34.
Michael Welch had the final chance of the opening 45 minutes with a header, but didn’t get enough on it to direct it between the posts and watched as it flew over the bar.
Bowles came off his line to deny Roberts shortly after the restart following a defence splitting ball from Craney and pulled off a great stop to halt the run and shooting chance of substitute Andy Mangan shortly after.
Accrington had changed their formation at the start of the second half to a more attacking line up and on 58 Paul Mullin saw his header come back of the inside of the post before being cleared from Michael Welch’s freekick.
The home side continued the second period with more purpose and an opening goal came on 63 via Andy Todd. After good work down the left from Mangan and Craney. Craney put the ball across the face of goal and Bowles denied Todd’s first effort but the ball fell invitingly and the former Buxton winger made no mistake from a few yards out. 0-1
Mangan showed more skill to set up Craney for his side’s second on 68 minutes. He took on and beat Redmile, put in a short pass to Mullin, but he dummied and allowed Craney to stroke the ball home from 10 yards out past Bowles and in at the far post. 0-2
The Lambs then kicked into gear for the with subs Whitman, persistantly trying to use his pace to break through, and Bob Taylor - who almost converting a far post chip from Whitman but was denied by Elliot from close range.
At times, Accrington showed some great touches and tricks in their final Conference game at The Interlink Stadium before they face League opposition in August but a stoppage time penalty from Kyle Storer, after his own header had been stopped on the line by the hand of Peter Cavanagh (who was sent off), gave the Lambs a late consolation against the Champions.
Davidson (Jackson 2), Williams (Whitman 58)
Roma (Taylor 74), Ward, Cooper, Storer, Tuohy
Redmile, Smith, Folkes
Subs: Stamps, Gayle
Roberts, Williams, Craney, Todd
Cavanagh, Edwards, Welch, Richardson (Mangan 49)
Subs: Alcock, Ventre, Brown, Jagielka
Goals: Todd 63, Craney 68, Storer (pen) 90
Red Cards: Cavanagh 90