Sheldon strike wins the match
21 February 2009Gary Mills was forced to make a change for the visit of Workington to The Lamb after Alex Rodman picked up an ankle injury whilst playing Futsal for England and there were further changes to the starting eleven which saw Nick Wright, Craig Reid and Matt Birley take to the field ahead of Stuart Nicholson and Bradley Pritchard.
Workington got proceedings underway with Tamworth attacking the Castle End of the ground in the first period into the sun. Sheldon was the lone man up front with Wright on the right, Reid on the left and Birley, Shaw and Foster holding the centre of the park in a 4-5-1 formation.
The visitors, cheered on by about 20 travelling fans basking in the spring sunshine watched as a couple of early moves by their side saw them venture into the Lambs final third, but it was The Lambs who had the first meaningful attack on 6 and won a corner which gave McAughtrie a header on target, but with a defender making things difficult his effort was easy for Adam Collin in the Workington goal.
A handball by Smith gave the visitors a freekick on 10 on the left wing which Shaun Vipond floated to the far post looking for a teammates head and although Andy Cook did get to it, it was too high for him to direct anywhere other than out.
Collin left his area to head the ball away from the advancing Nick Wright on 12 and Tamworth kept up the pressure and a foul on Birley gave Sheldon a freekick dead centre about 25 yards out on 16. He struck it right footed but it curled over the left corner of bar and post.
Workington were playing a game of hit long and high and chase and forced themselves in the Lambs half and on 19 Gari Rowntree centred a low ball from the left which Cook met with a shot on the turn but sent it well over the bar from 12 yards.
On 21 Alcock totally misjudged a long ball heading for his area and McAughtrie had to think quickly to hook the ball away from danger, conceding a corner which came to nothing.
Anthony Wright hit a low shot at Alcock from the edge of the area on 24 which was easy enough for the keeper to drop to smother and Workington continued to frustrate the Lambs.
A good passing move involving five Lambs ended on 34 with Wright hitting a low ball into the area, but Collin was untroubled by the cross.
A fine tackle by McAughtrie on 39 denied Cook taking the ball into the area after another ball over the top from Arnison looked to have set him free.
Foster hit a shot at goal just prior to half time which deflected into the keepers arms, but neither side had shown enough to warrant a lead as the whistle blew.
The Lambs kicked off the second half and immediately got into the thick of things with Birley being brought down by Kyle May which set up Tom Shaw to plant the ball onto the head of McAughtrie but he couldn’t direct it towards goal and Collin gathered.
Almost immediately Arnison found space to turn the Lambs defence and hit a powerful shot just wide of the mark from the right of the area which was replicated at the other end by Sheldon in the next move.
The referee waved away a tame penalty claim when Phil McLuckie fell in the area on 51 and play resorted to the way it had panned out in the first half with the visitors playing kick and run and Tamworth being frustrated.
Gary Mills made the first change of the game on 55 with Jake Sheridan coming on for Reid and The Lambs won a corner shortly after.
Shaw’s driven flag kick was cleared by Workington but Tamworth continued to press and a neat move involving Wylde and Sheridan brought a good save from Collin from the latter whose low angled shot from the left of the area brought the partisan crowd to life.
A second Tamworth sub came on 63 with Pritchard replacing Shaw and there was a stop in play on 66 when Workington’s May needed treatment for a head injury following a hefty challenge in the middle of the park.
Play resumed 3 minutes later with May still off the park but the ball continued to spend more time in the air than on the deck.
However, a long ball from Sheridan did allow him to run onto a one-tow with Wright on 72 and chip the ball into the danger area. No one could connect and Foster hit a hopeful shot from distance but fired well wide of the mark.
Wylde the tried his luck with a left foot volley after Pritchard got a touch on the ball but his rising effort from outside the area cleared the bar.
Then Tamworth took the lead as May lay prostrate in the area after going for a header with McAughtrie in the area. The ball was worked back into the box and Wright dinked the ball past a diving Collin and Sheldon ghosted in at the far post to slam the ball home from close range (1-0, 75 mins).
May was replaced by the first Workington sub as Andrews picked up a booking for protesting the goal and the visitors kicked off proceedings.
On 82 Andrews cleared the ball off the line with an outstretched boot after Pritchard had set Sheridan free and his shot looked goal bound despite the best efforts of Collin who got his fingertips to Sheridan’s chip.
Pritchard received a yellow card following a fairly tame shoulder to shoulder clash with McLuckie on 87 for which the latter needed a touch from the magic sponge but he was replaced shortly after with Workington’s third and final change.
There was no indication from the fourth official of added time and Workington’s Wright hit a shot high and wide on 92 and Sheridan won a corner for the Lambs in 93 but there was no rush to try anything risky and The Lambs ran out the clock to take all the points.
Alcock, Lyttle, Wylde, Smith, McAughtrie, Foster, Wright N, Shaw (Pritchard 63), Sheldon, Birley, Reid (Sheridan 55)
Subs: Lea, Nicholson, Burgess
Collin, Langford, Rowntree, May (Anane 78), Andrews, McLuckie (Hardman 90), Vipond, Hopper, Cook, Arnison, Wright A (Dorney 71)
Subs: Robinson, Edmondson
Man of the Match: Chosen by Nautic Steels - Craig McAughtrie
Referee: Mr. R. Radford