Second half display kills off understrength Lambs
04 December 2004
Tamworth fell to four second half goals at the Lamb and suffered their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the London club.
After a steady first period by both sides which saw few chances Tamworth looked odds on for a point at least.
With Edbon and Simpson injured and Redmile suspended, Tris Whitman made a rare start and showed some bursts of skill and pace as early as the first few minutes, combining well with Bampton and feeding Taylor to unleash a shot over the bar.
Mark Turner shot off target ten minutes later and Whitman's run down the right on 32 won a free kick that Lee Colkin fed unselfishly to Mark Cooper, making his 100th appearance in a red shirt, but 'the gaffa' missed the target with his effort.
Dave Bampton had appeals for a penalty turned down after racing into the box and appearing to be tripped just before the break, and things didn't look too bad for the Lambs.
However, 7 minutes into the second half a miscleared ball fell to Craig Mackail-Smith and he struck home low from the right of goal in at the far post.
Adie Smith diverted the ball around the wrong side of the post with his knee for the visitors second after Ryan Price had saved well from Chris Moore's shot and the ball appeared to be going out of play.
Number three came on 65 minutes via a Tim Cole close range volley from a Jake Leberl header direct from a corner and as if to rub salt into the wounds Glen Southam waltzed through the Lambs defence with seconds remaining to make it four.
Cooper said after the game "We started the game with only 14 fit and available players, but did well in the first half and it was a blatant penalty. The defence collapsed in the second half and we let in 4 easy goals. One game does not kill the season, though, and after our recent good form it has shown that unless we have a fully fit squad we can't set our expectations too high, and neither should the fans. We are doing very well at the moment but we aren't going to win every game."
Tamworth: Price, Smith A., Colkin (Francis 86), Bampton, Curtis (Storer 57), Stamps, Cooper, Robinson, Taylor, Turner, Whitman
Unused: Smith N., Dryden, Stannage