Shaymen slay Lambs
10 September 2005
From The Shay, Halifax
Mark Cooper made just one change to the side that performed so well against Morecambe last weekend with Adie Smith coming in for Aaron Brown was recovering from a minor ankle injury.
After a slow opening 15 minutes in damp conditions, which saw Simon Hollis have the only chance on goal – a right footed shot that went past the far post from the right of the area – Halifax almost took the lead through Martin Foster.
An injured Scott Stamps (back pain) made way for Kyle Storer shortly before James Dormand had to pull off a great fingertip stop to tip Foster’s freekick over the cross bar.
Five minutes later Foster repeated his set piece skill but this time the ball struck the top of the bar from 20 yards.
Tamworth tried to turn up the pressure and forced three corners in succession but Halifax looked the more likely to catch the Lambs on the break. Craig Midgley and Chris Senior looked the most lively of the home side but shortly before the half time whistle John Grant was denied a penalty by referee Mr Oliver after being well tackled from behind by Adie Smith.
But a second half collapse by Tamworth started just 25 seconds after the restart when Midgley unleashed a looping right foot shot from 30 yards, which Dormand did well to parry whilst in the air but could not stop falling behind him into the goal, to give the home side the lead.
Danny Forrest perhaps should have done better with a free header at the far post which was easy for Dormand as Tamworth looked to get straight back in to the game.
Tris Whitman made way for new loan signing from Reading Darren Campbell as the Lambs changed formation to 3-5-2 with Taylor ahead of Campbell in attack.
Tamworth were looking to preserve their unbeaten record against the Shaymen but conceded a second goal on 64 minutes. Homeside debutant Forrest placed a right foot shot into the far corner from the edge of the area past Dormand, diving at full stretch behind a static Lambs defence.
And shortly afterwards Forrest’s shot was tipped wide of the post by Dormand but stayed in play and Grant followed up from close range to make it 3-0.
On 72 Halifax found the back of the net once again this time through the other debutant Senior who latched onto the ball inside the 6 yard box and made no mistake after Grant’s intial ball into the box had been half cleared.
Matt Doughty received his marching orders with a straight red card following a two footed tackle on Jimmy Turner with 10 minutes remaining to give Tamworth the numerical advantage on the field but still with a mountain to climb. And even the presence of Julian Alsop alongside Bob Taylor could not muster a clear cut chance for the Lambs until 5 minutes from time when Alsop connected well with Cooper’s left hand side corner but saw his header saved by Ian Dunbavin.
Campbell forced a fingertip save from Dunbavin on 89 minutes with a 25 yard rising effort as Tamworth continued to work hard for little reward but it was too little too late as the damage had already been done.
After the game assistant manager Richard Dryden was reticent about the performance. “It was a dogged first half but after conceding the early goal in the second half we were chasing the game. We failed to deal with the short corner for their second – we looked like we had fallen asleep. From then on we had to chase the game harder and they exposed us at the back which was ultimately our downfall.
“We’ve got to be harder to beat but the mood is still good in the dressing room and we can only go up from here.”
Tamworth line up:
Turner, Smith, Redmile, Stamps (Storer 15)
Hollis, McAuley (Alsop 68), Cooper, Bampton, Whitman (Campbell 53)
Unused: Jackson, Gayle
Halifax line up:
Haslam, Quinn, Ingram, Doughty
Midgley, Foster, Thompson
Forrest (Wright 85), Grant (Sugden 76), Senior (Young 82)
Unused: Killeen, Bowler
Midgley 46 – 1-0
Forrest 64 – 2-0
Grant 67 – 3-0
Senior 72 – 4-0