No surprise with one all draw...
24 September 2011
Following the midweek defeat by Forest Green Rovers , boss Marcus Law made one change to the starting eleven bringing Nabil Shariff into the starting line-up in place of Danny Mills who took a place on the bench alongside a welcome return for Duane Courtney.
Stockport County having dropped out of the league for the first time since 1904 and visiting The Lamb for the first time had lost only one of their opening ten league games, but had drawn seven of them and sat in a mid table position.
County, in their famous blue and white stripes, got the game underway and made headway towards the Castle End but The Lambs had a couple of good runs up towards the away end with Thomas enjoying the better but he was unable to keep his feet as he got into the box.
On more than one occasion the Lambs halted the progress of the Stockport forwars with timely challenges, Bradley and Francis denying Chadwick and Elliott.
At the other end Thomas curled a left footed shot over the bar from 20 yards on the right of the box on 10 and Bradley's low ball in appeared to take a glance off the covering defenders arm in the next move but there was no call for a penalty.
Chadwick thought he had forged a chance to make an opening after getting the ball in the box on 13 but the flag went up as he rolled his shot towards the far corner, which went just wide of the post anyway.
Elliott powered a header over the crossbar from a McCann's right sided freekick on 17 with Hedge under it at full stretch but ‘happy' to watch it go over.
McConville hit a long range right footed strike at Hedge on 30 which the keeper took on his knees and the first corner of the match came on 24 which the visitors curled in and a header went well wide of the mark under pressure from Bradley.
On 29 a cross from McCann was flicked towards goal by Chadwick with his head and it deflected off Francis towards goal at breakneck speed. Hedge reacted quickly though and pushed it over the bar from a yard out.
Piergianni and Francis were both booked around the half hour mark for different reasons and then on 36 Sheridan hit a hard low shot from the right channel just wide of the right hand upright.
As the match entered the final five minutes of the first half the visitors turned up the volume on the terraces but it was Shariff that went the closest so far, striking the left hand upright with a shot from the right and then the ball travelled acro ss the face of goal before Glennon collected at the other upright.
There was a lengthy stoppage for treatment to Tait following a clash in the Cross Street corner of the ground as three minutes added time was shown.
Tamworth kicked off the second period but it was County who won a corner on 49 and when the ball came out to McConville his shot from outside the area was diverted into the net from 8 yards by Chadwick. (0-1, 49 mins)
A lengthy delay for an injury to McConville saw his depart on a stretcher a few minutes later and Christie replaced St. Aimie up front on the hour as McConville received flashing blue lights at The Lamb as an ambulance was called.
A corner on the right was forthcoming for County on 62 but nothing came of it and Tait cleared at the near post but there was a close call with a flashed header wide of the mark from Paton.
Patterson brought freshlegs to proceedings on 65 but one again it was Stockport's who went closest in the following minutes as Piergianni headed over the bar from the back of the box on 70.
Mills came on with 15 to go after played had been stopped when Green and German clashed heads in the centre of the Lambs half.
German side-footed a good chance into the arms of Hedge on 80 while at the other end, Mills headed Tait's right wing cross high and wide of the mark on 83 and Patterson hit a shot straight and low at Gelnnon a minute later from 20 yards out.
A similar chance presented itself on 85 and this time Mills kept his header down, but it went wide of the right hand post by a few feet.
A through ball to Christie was just too long for the Lambs striker as the final minute of normal time started and six (6) minutes of added time was shown with Tamworth on all out attack.
Then, a long ball forward was nodded goalward by Patterson and although it looked like it may have sneaked in, Christie made sure from a yard out. (1-1, 90+ mins)
A foul on the striker by the clubhouse corner gave Thomas a dead ball with three minutes to go and Cain ran onto the crossfield pass but was unable to keep it down and the whistle blew on a point a piece.
Hedge, Tait, Habergham, Francis, Smith, Cain, Mills, St. Aimie (Christie 60), Thomas, Green, Bradley (Mills 74), Shariff
Subs: Courtney, McDonald, Patterson
Yellow Cards: Francis 32
Stockport County Team:
Glennon, Holden, O'Donnell, McConville (Rowe 55), Sheridan, McCann, Chadwick, Elliott (German HT), Piergianni, Paton (Nolan 90), Blackburn
Subs: Ormson, Bounab
Yellow Cards: Piergianni 29
Man of the Match: Bradley Scott Windows chose Richard Tait
Referee: Mr. J. Simpson