Phipps chip gives Fleet the win
27 October 2012
A week after The Lambs FA Cup departure, Marcus Law selected his side to face Liam Daish's bottom but one club Ebbsfleet United looking for three points to keep tabs on the top six who had opened up a five point gap ahead of The Lambs.
Tamworth got the game underway kicking towards the Castle End while the yellow of Ebbsfleet kicked towards the smattering of away fans in the un-segregated away end.
Oji made a slip inside the first minute and Soares tried to feed Enver-Marum but Breeden was quickest and nipped it off his toes on the edge of the area and cleared the danger.
The visitors won the first corner of the match on 2 and Soares struck in right footed from the left and when the ball came back in Walsh's attempted diving header rebounded off the floor and then the cross bar from three yards out giving Tamworth an early escape.
A long ball from an offside call in the Lambs half fell to Wright who was unable to bring the ball down and Tait found himself bundled over as he tried to take control past the right hand post but no call was given.
Taylor tried a long throw from the left on 10 but Saores hooked it away and Hendrie hooked it back in dangerously but it was cleared with a powerful defensive header.
Courtney then found himself with a sight of goal from the edge of the box following a Hendrie free kick from the left but his shot rose over the bar.
Play switched immediately to the other end and Soares flashed a shot from the left of Breeden's box across and out past the far post.
With the clocks going back overnight,if this game had been played 24 hours later, then the floodlights that came on after 15 probably wouldn't have been needed so early..
Carew headed past the far post from a good position on the left after a deep cross from the right on 17 and Courtney prevented Enver-Marum's low cross with a double ricocheted block on 22.
A shout for a penalty for a foul on Soares on 23 was waved away and the scrappy nature of the tie continued not to provide any free flowing football.
Finally, on the half hour, there was some excitement in the Ebbsfleet box as Kerry flashed a shot at goal after some sustained pressure, but he was only able to win a corner on the right which eventually resulted in a far post header from Oji which went out of play.
Stone was booked on 35 for a late challenge on Kelly and Breeden restarted play with a freekick from thee half way line and on 40 he had to go off and was replaced by Till.
Two minutes added time was shown at the end of the half and Phipp ran through down the right and under pressure, audaciously chipped the ball high over Breeden with a high lob from a few yards out and it bounced once before hitting the back of the net to give the visitors the lead (0-1, 45 mins)
Fleet got the second half underway at the rather late 16:07 and almost immediately a high boot floored Oji midway inside the Lambs half and he was able to continue after some treatment off the pitch.
Cunnington tried a shot from close range but found the visiting defence in his way and when Breeden miskicked a clearance up field, Soares tried a long range effort but failed to do what he intended / desired with the ball.
On 50, Cunnington got his head on the end of a Till cross but the effort went out past the far post and Kerry's shot seemed to be falling nicely to be finished from inside the area but a defensive boot put it out for a corner which was cleared.
Enver-Marum got away from his marker on the left and squared the ball for Walsh but he was not quite quick enough to prevent Breeden from smothering it and caught the keeper with a knee, earning himself a booking for what looked more accidental than intentional.
Breeden spilled a Carew shot on 58 and Wright was well positioned to clear 6 yards out before left midfielder Moke made his debut having joined The Lambs on loan from Cambridge United, replacing Baldock.
Enver-Marum almost made it two on 63 breaking away past Courtney from the half way line but Oji managed to position himself to prevent his goalbound effort from inside the box as The Lambs continued to struggle to take control of the game.
Barrett forced Breeden into a regulation shot block on 67 but the Fleet player had found his space far too easily and the home faithful were increasingly less amused by the scoreline as the minutes ticked on.
Cunnington's flick from a right sided throw on 73 fell to the feet of Moke 8 yards out, but it was too quick for him to react accurately and the ball rolled out a few feet wide of the right hand post.
Barrow made a run for goal on 79 and his shot deflected into the path of Cunnington who in turn curled for the target, but Edwards was equal to it and Moke was unable to finish the loose ball.
Cunnington was then booked for unsporting behaviour after a decision did not go his way and Kerry curled a 20 yard shot wide of the right hand upright.
Law urged his side to play with more urgency (!) and Barrow almost fired home with a diagonal drive from the left but if whizzed past the right hand post and out by a whisker.
Enver-Marum was then booked for diving and was immediately replaced.
Breeden made his way to the half way line to set up a move which ended with Till crossing for Taylor to head over the bar from six yards and four minutes added time was shown.
Kerry struck low for just the second Lambs shot on target of the afternoon, and Edwards put his body behind it to prevent any chance of an equaliser.
Ashikodi and Courtney were booked for separate incidents as the seconds ticked down and Moke made a jinking run but saw his shot deflected over the bar by Ada from a few yards out for a corner which Cunnington headed high over the target in the final action of the afternoon.
Tony BREEDEN (GK), Richard TAIT (c), Marcus KELLY, George BALDOCK (Adriano MOKE 58), Adam CUNNINGTON, Lee HENDRIE, Tommy WRIGHT (Scott BARROW 71), Lloyd KERRY (Peter TILL 40), Duane COURTNEY, Sam OJI, Greg TAYLOR
Subs: Tom MARSHALL, Charlie COLLINS
Ebbsfleet United Team:
Preston EDWARDS (GK), Craig STONE, Patrick ADA, Phil WALSH (Nathan ELDER 78), Paul LORRAINE, Liam ENVER-MARUM (Moses ASHIKODI 86), Tom PHIPP, Joe HOWE, Neil BARRETT, Louis SOARES (Lanre AZEEZ 62), Ashley CAREW
Subs: Lucas MENZ (GK), Liam BELLAMY
Man of the Match: None selected
Referee: Mr. W. Barratt