Sheridan injury worry as Lambs win by the odd goal in five
25 July 2009The last time the two sides met in any competition (at the old Windmill Ground) was "way back when" - 1979/80 to be exact (click here for details) - and so the trip to the New Windmill Ground was a first for every Lambs fan, player or official that helped swell the fair sized home crowd to over 300.
And in glorious sunshine, but with a million small black flies invading the area from nearby fields, both sides gave a good account of themselves.
Although the pace of the game was not the quickest, the application and commitment from both sides was there for all to see and the Lambs travelling faithful had a shock when Broadhurst took the ball on the edge of the area, turned Wylde and fired low under Alcock to open the scoring for the home side after just 8 minutes. (0-1)
However, Rodman, himself once a 'Brake' drew scores level six minutes later with a superb curling right footed shot from the left of the box which nestled neatly into the far corner after a good through ball from MacKenzie.
Sheridan finished a great move through the middle on 22 but Pritchard had strayed offside in the build up and the former shot almost with his back to goal a few minutes later and only missed the target by inches as the ball curled wide of the mark.
A tackle by Tuohy on Sheridan the half hour mark earned the ex-Lamb a stiff talking to by the referee and after a drinks break because of the heat Sheridan found himself on the receiving end again when Chris Murphy hacked him down.
This left Sheridan in visible pain and although he hobbled back onto the pitch after treatment before half time he was unable to continue after the break.
Lake-Gaskin replaced Sheridan in the second period and Tamworth started brightly.
On 54 MacKenzie's right wing cross was headed home from ten yards with what seemed like ease by Wright to make it 2-1 but six minutes later Wylde levelled the scores when a outstretched leg diverted the ball into the goal past Alcock from Broadhurst's firmly hit cross from the right. (2-2, 60 mins)
As if to make up for his unfortunate error, from the restart Wylde burst down the left, recieved the ball and sent in a low cross for Wright to sidefoot past the keeper and give The Lambs the lead once again (3-2, 62 mins).
A number of subs for both sides disrupted play from then on but it did not make for a poor game as the level of commitment to the cause continued and chances came for both sides until the end.
The best of which came to Tamworth but Brakes sub Stanley denied Lake-Gaskin a headed goal from a corner on 80 by flicking it around the post with his own head and a well timed tackle robbed Pritchard of the ball on 83 just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Late pressure by the home side was mopped up and Rodman was unfortunate with the final chance of the game which deflected out for a corner just before the final whistle blew.
Alcock, Lyttle (Mills 85), Wylde, Smith, Briscoe, MacKenzie (Nicholson 55), Wright (Emery 63), Shaw, Sheridan (Lake-Gaskin HT), Rodman, Pritchard
Subs: all used
Kiely, Tuohy, Blake, Travis (Ashraf 53), Sanders, Murphy, Palmer, Broadhurst, Corbett (Palmer 74), Bellingham (Beckley 65), Husband (Stanley HT)
Subs: Jackson, Denny
Referee: Mr. R. Ellis