Nicholson debut goal seals fine win
27 January 2009Tamworth welcomed King’s Lynn to The Lamb for their next league encounter on a cold and drizzly night in Staffordshire. With Michael Wylde sitting out through suspension Craig McAughtrie returned to the starting line up in the only change from Saturday’s winning trip to Hyde United.
on the bench ex-West Brom player Stuart Nicholson made his ‘debut’ having signed for the club on non contract terms earlier in the week.
The Linnets kicked off the game towards the top end of the ground and Frew squandered an early chance to prod home after ghosting into the box but his attempt was cut out by Lyttle.
Tamworth responded down the left and Joachim had to be quick to stop Shaw from getting a cross in.
Chapman then booted the ball out for a corner on 4 and although Smith got his head to it his effort went wide the of the far upright.
Rodman flashed a right sided shot across the box on 6 and a similar ball into the box at the other end took two Lambs defenders to clear.
Rodman was felled but the referee played on until it was obvious there was no advantage on 8 due to a foul on Pritchard setting up Sheldon who slammed the ball over the wall and into the far corner giving Murray no chance and The Lambs the lead (1-0, 9 mins)
Shaw whipped a low ball into the area a minute later which Chapman put out for a corner over his own bar and from the flag kick the ball fell to Foster who hit a half volley a few feet wide from 20 yards.
Mitchell put a crunching tackle in on Foster on the half way line on 13 but escaped with a stiff talking to in what was rapidly becoming a very good clash with no let up from either side.
With both sides settling down a little put with Tamworth still having the majority of possession Birley just missed a header on goal from Rodman’s cross on 23.
Mitchell found space to turn and cross low into the box on 27 but his ball into the danger area was cut out, and the same player tried his luck from distance with the next move but put his shot a country mile over travelling fans in the away end shed.
The half hour mark passed with King’s Lynn enjoying a bit of a purple patch but either lacked a quality final ball or found a solid Lambs defence in their way.
A dangerous ball into the box by Frew was cleared by Smith on 35 and The Lambs tried a couple of balls over the Linnets defence, but both times chances skipped away and out for goal kicks off the wet surface.
A handball on the left wing which Sheldon lined up and won a corner from a deflection off the wall for a corner. It came to nothing but Shaw won another on 42 on the opposite side. Rodman and a Frew clashed heads on the edge of the box as the ball came in which saw both requiring treatment as the minutes ticked towards half time.
Two minutes added time was shown and Tamworth kept possession via a Shaw freekick by the clubhouse but it was cleared away with a hefty boot.
King’s Lynn made a final first half charge for goal and half heartedly shouted for a penalty when Joachim went down in the area but it was not given.
The Lambs kicked off the second half and made a substitution with Sheridan replacing Rodman talking a left sided role in a 4-1-4-1 / 4-3-3 formation with Sheldon the loan striker and Foster in the middle as required.
A good move ending with Sheldon saw him push the ball into the middle of the area on 53 but Shaw was beaten to the loose ball and the danger cleared.
A freekick for The Linnets, taken by Frew on the left wing was hoofed out of the Lambs box on 56 and the same player had another on 59 which Alcock did excellently to tip around the post from Thomas’ close range flick header.
McAughtrie was adjudged to have impeded Johnson on the hour giving Frew another dead ball to hit at goal, but this time Alcock took it easily.
A defensive mix up allowed King’s Lynn to push forward on 70 and the Lambs cleared as far as Sheldon, but being the last man his header fell back to The Linnets who kept possession but it was Tamworth who had the next attack.
Pritchard released Sheridan who beat the offside trap and forced Murray to make a save which saw the ball bounce in the area before a covering defender gathered and cleared.
Shaw hit a hopeful effort from 30 yards along the ground on 74 but Murray was happy to watch it out past his far post and a minute later Sheridan’s persistence won a corner on the left which despite McAughtrie’s best efforts eventually went out for a goal kick on the other side.
Sheridan hit a cross which Murray took over the touch line on 67 for another flag kick on the left and once again Shaw struck right footed. Birley twice tried to get a shot away but twice was foiled by the Linnets back four and Birley flashed a free shot 15 yards out in the center of the area wide of the left upright when the ball was worked back in.
Pritchard tracked back to hook the ball away from sub Francis in the area as the visitors broke quickly and McAughtrie made his presence felt to Frew on the half way line shortly after.
Smith was penalised for a tug on Frew 35 yards out on 84 which sub Hurren lined up but only managed to hit the Lambs wall. As the ball came back in Alcock dropped his catch under pressure and McAughtrie put his body in the way of Joachim’s goal bound shot from 15 yards before Alcock recovered.
Things were getting a little fraught with tasty tackles going in all over the park as both sides battled and Lynn won a corner on 86 but it troubled no one and went out for a throw in on the opposite side.
Nicholson made his Lambs debut with a minute to go as Tamworth did their best to preserve their lead as four minutes added time was shown.
And it was Nicholson that finished a Sheridan strike which came back off the bar to make it 2-0 to Tamworth to the absolute delight of the home faithful.
Alcock, Lyttle, Langdon, Smith C., McAughtrie, Foster, Birley (Nicholson 89), Shaw, Sheldon, Rodman (Sheridan HT), Pritchard
Subs: Reid, Burgess, Law
Kings Lynn Team:
Murray, Graham, Chapman (Peters 87), Thomas, Crane, Camm, Mitchell (Francis 67), Johnson, Defty (Hurren 80), Joachim, Frew
Subs: Smith A., Howie
Man of the Match: Chosen by DF Baxter Holdings - Dominic Langdon
Referee: Mr. M. Amphett