Second half penalty ends Lambs unbeaten run
29 August 2009
Tamworth made the long journey to Holker Street, Barrow looking to extend their unbeaten run against a side struggling for form in the Blue Square Premier and Lambs boss Gary Mills made no changes to the side that had performed so magnificently to beat Wrexham in midweek.
With the wind whipping down the ground Barrow began the game kicking into the gale force breeze but made light work of it and put in a right wing cross which found at least one home striker offside.
Pritchard trapped the ball in the area well and pushed it back to Wright on the edge of the area on 3 but he was disposessed as he looked to shoot for goal.
Sheridan won the first corner of the game on 5, or at least he appeared to have but a double deflection meant a goalkick was given and Deasy launched the ball long only for Smith to head it away.
Tait fed a fine through ball to Rodman on 7 who in turn put a good cross from the right across the face of goal, but there was no one close enough to knock the chance home.
Pritchard floated a super ball over the left hand side which Blackwood burst on to on 9 only to find a defender in the way.
A slightly late challenge from Smith on the left on Jon Shaw set up Boyd with a freekick which he fired right footed into the area straight onto the defensive head of Blackwood on 12.
Tamworth pushed on and Wright sent a searching left wing cross but it was too high for Rodman and a push on Sheridan on 14 allowed The Lambs to continue to put pressure on from a Shaw freekick.
Deasy collected the ball easily from a ball to Sheridan who found space and time that he probably shouldn’t have when Jones let him nip behind him and almost latched onto the pass into the area on 16.
Shaw let fly form fully 35 yards on the left of centre on 19 and cleared the bar by just a foot or so with Deasy at full stretch in a shot that no one expected as Tamworth carried on pushing for the opening goal and won a corner on 20 which came out to MacKenzie who hit the bar with a left foot curler and as the ball came back in Deasy was forced to tip a far post header from Smith over the bar. Smith then launched himself at Shaw’s flag kick from the opposite side but didn’t quite get enough purchase with his head to direct it goalward.
MacKenzie was penalised for a push on Jelleyman on 23 and Boyd sent the freekick into the box which caused The Lambs defence some problems but it was a short lived period of pressure.
Rodman was felled by Jelleyman by the right hand corner flag on 24 and Shaw sent the ball in but nothing came of the freekick.
The Barrow fans were in full agreement with the radio commentators in the press box that the home defence was not having a good game and this was expressed vocally on a number of occasions. The cause of this was obviously the slick and tricky forward play of Tamworth who continued to press their hosts at every opportunity.
Hulbert picked up a booking for a challenge with his elbow on Tait on the half hour mark. Then Jones put a late challenge on Pritchard as the Lambs midfielder sprinted into the area to earn Jones a booking on 31. Pritchard required treatment from the physio and was off the field when the freekick was struck as Barrow put ten men behind the ball, inside the box but MacKenzie’s effort was high and wide of the mark.
Rutherford made way for Logan in an early change for the home side on 34.
Tamworth were still very much in command but a rare attack by the home side saw Foley hit a deflected shot high over the bar for a corner which came to nothing and Sheridan won a flag kick on 41 as a sporadic rain shower caused fans behind the goal to run for cover.
Deasy punched a hard hit left wing shot come cross from Shaw out of play for a corner and Jones headed the kick behind for another one which Deasy put behind on the opposite side with a one handed save setting Shaw up for a third corner. Smith and Deasy were both spoken to by the referee following the final corner which skimmed off the head of Briscoe at the far post and Pritchard hit a low hopeful effort at Deasy in the next move of the game but the keeper was untroubled by the shot.
Tom Shaw picked up a yellow card for a deliberate handball on the half way line as two minutes added time were shown as the home side won a corner on the right which Bolland headed well wide of the mark.
Kicking off the second period into the ensuing gale, Tamworth moved forward as the sun shone down on the ground.
Wright threaded the ball to Sheridan inside the first minute and won a corner, with a cheeky back heel, which Deasy collected at height.
A freekick for the home side by the right hand corner almost crept in directly at the far post as Logan curled the dead ball dangerously close to the target and as the ball came out Sheridan fell to the floor clutching his right thigh/ knee. The referee halted play to allow him to get treatment but there was consternation form the home support who felt there was no need. Sheridan hobbled off the pitch and Wright hit the drop ball back to the keeper and Barrow pushed forward with Foley having a shot from inside the area go wide of the left hand upright at the end of it.
On 57 Blackwood conceded a corner under pressure from Foley but a freekick was given for a foul in the build up which earned Blackwood a talking to and Logan placed the ball by the right corner flag before curling his effort high and wide of the far post.
A very good move from the home side, perhaps their best of the game was ended by the linesman’s flag, but Foley and Walker combined well with a run and pass into the area as Barrow exerted some pressure of their own.
Bolland denied Wright any chance of getting a shot away in the area on 62 with a well timed challenge after the England C player had run onto his own ball forward.
Alcock collected a left wing cross from Jelleyman under his own bar on 64 and Boyd hit a hopeful effort over the target in the next move as Barrow continued to enjoy more of the play.
Tamworth, though, turned the screw on 66 ending with a low driven shot from Shaw which failed to trouble Deasy as he dropped to smother it.
Jon Shaw felled Blackwood as the Lambs defender burst forward down the left wing and Tom Shaw stepped up to put the ball into the box right footed it was booted clear by Jones.
Smith bumped Foley to the ground on 69 to give the home side a freekick inside The Lambs half on the right and although Tamworth cleared the danger, Foley got it back and tried to supply Walker but Alcock collected.
Foley almost opened the scoring on 70 when a ball from the left floated agonisingly in front of his head before going out at the far post and at the other end Sheridan won a corner on the left but Mackenzie’s shot was way off target from 20 yards.
A wayward header from Mackenzie eventually saw Barrow win a corner on 72 and Jones somehow managed to stab the ball wide of the right hand post from a central position when the ball dropped in the box.
Then, on 75, a Logan cross hit Briscoe on the arm in what seemed more ball to hand than the other way around, but a penalty was awarded. The Lambs players protested but Walker stepped up and placed it down the middle to give his side the lead (0-1, 77 mins).
Deasy batted the ball away as Tamworth went in search of a quick equaliser. Rodman’s tried to put his header inside the area over the keeper who had come out to protect his area, but didn’t get enough height on it.
Hurren came on for MacKenzie on 81 and brought down Logan in the centre circle shortly after which came to nothing and Benjamin came on for Sheridan with six to go.
Logan won a corner for his side on 88 as options were rapidly disappearing for Tamworth and Alcock saved at his near post with his feet to deny Walker’s near post header.
There was then a case of massed handbags in the centre circle while Hulbert was on the floor further down the field, and it resulted in a red card for Pritchard for an off the ball incident and a yellow card for Walker.
Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and a ball looking for Benjamin was just too high but won a last ditch corner which was cleared with a powerful header.
Tait played the ball to the feel of Benjamin but he couldn’t quite turn and the ball was hacked away as he fell under pressure but there was no time for any more action and the Lambs suffered defeat for the first time this season.
Alcock, Tait, Blackwood, Smith (capt), MacKenzie (Hurren 81), Wright, Rodman, Prichard, Sheridan (Benjamin 84), Shaw, Briscoe
Subs: Nicholson, Lyttle, Lake-Gaskin
Deasy, Spender, Jelleyman, Bollan, Hulbert, Rutherford (Logan 34), Boyd, Walker, Shaw, Foley (Bond 83)
Subs: Tomlinson, Pearson, Dugdale
Referee: D. Handley