Six of the best from Tamworth
16 August 2008Tamworth welcomed The Linnets of Burscough to The Lamb for the third game of the season. The visitors came on the back of 4 from six points, while Gary Mills’ side were still looking for their first win of the campaign.
Des Lyttle took the place of Chris Smith who sat out after injury on Tuesday night v Stalybridge, but Smudger was hopeful of being back in contention for the trip to Stafford next weekend as Mills named an otherwise unchanged starting eleven.
Tamworth kicked off towards the Castle End and gave visiting keeper Zak Hibbert an early touch.
A right wing cross from Lyttle found Rodman on 3 but the Lambs striker saw his shot blocked from the edge of the area.
Lyttle conceded a free kick by the left corner flag on 6 which Brian Moogan struck in to the danger area and Langdon clawed the ball out.
Sheldon took the ball down the right and played Wright into the area. He then chipped to the far post and despite the best efforts of the Burscough defence the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line from his header to give Tamworth an early lead. (1-0)
The Linnets won a corner on 9 which Langdon headed clear and Moogan tried his luck but shot wide of the far post.
Wright was very unlucky to be called offside when Pritchard chipped the ball into his path on 12 and although Wright finished with a delightful lob over Hibbert the goal didn’t stand.
Burscough were doing their utmost to crowd The Lambs as the home side worked hard at their passing game and conceded a freekick inside their own half on 16. Hildreth lofted the ball forward to Sheldon but his volley back into the area was too strong and a minute later Sheldon tried his luck but cleared the terracing.
Wright almost capitalised on a ball which Hibbert failed to meet and The Lambs won a corner on 17 which Burscough cleared and Lyttle forced another on 18 with good play down the right.
Tamworth kept up the pressure, taking the game their visitors, making them look second best, and continued to look for a second goal.
Sheldon fired the ball into the area and Hibbert totally missed it as it bounced past him, but he survived thanks to a rebound off the far post straight into his arms.
Sheldon then deservedly made it 2-0 to Tamworth on 25 with a well taken low strike into the far corner from the left after turning his marker inside out.
The Linnets were at sixes and sevens and a mix up between keeper and defender almost let Sheldon in straight after the kick off.
Good skill from Hildreth allowed him to chip into the area from the left corner flag on 31 but Hibbert managed to get his fingertips to it.
Bursouch pulled one back on 36 via Michael Grogan, who let fly from 25 yards giving Puddy no chance as it flew into the net. (2-1)
Tamworth countered immediately and won a corner on 38 via Pritchard and Langdon’s efforts on the left but it was easy for Hibbert to collect.
Pritchard juist failed to connect with Hildreth’s freekick in to the area on 42 and Burscough cleared their lines.
Just before the break Rodman cleared the bar after a good lofted pass over the last defender gave him a chance of a shot from outside the area.
Seventeen seconds into the second period, after the visitors, had kicked off Foster found Wright with a beautiful ball over the visiting defence and Wright needed no asking to loft the ball into the net over the advancing Hibbert. (3-1)
Then on 50 Pritchard made it 4-1 with a well struck shot from the edge of the area after good work by Rodman drew Hibbert out of his comfort zone and with just the covering defender left to guard the line Pritchard’s drive went in off his head.
Pritchard almost doubled his tally on 55 but found Hibbert in good form from close range after good work by Wright on the left.
Tamworth continued to look for more goals but Wright found the Burscough defence in the way of his cross on the hour with Sheldon ghosting in at the back of the area.
On 63 Rodman was thwarted by Hibbert after Sheldon’s square ball from the right wing set him up 12 yards out.
Hibbert fumbled the ball as it bounced through to him on 66 and Rodman showed great tenacity to force it home for his second. 5-1
Mills brought Dale Warburton into the fray for Pritchard on 69 then on 73 Langdon was stopped from netting the sixth by Hibbert again from close range in the area but from the corner Wright powered home to make it 6-1.
Chris Robinson tried a speculative effort on 79 which cleared Puddy’s bar from distance and Mills made his final sub shortly after and Lea almost scored with virtually his first touch, but his shot went out for a corner.
On 86, Allan Smart headed home a corner to reduce the arrears in an otherwise uncharacteristic defending error which allowed him an unmarked free go at goal. 6-2
Hibbert denied Rodman his hat-trick with a close range block on 89 before the referee blew on a fine footballing display by Tamworth.
Puddy, Lyttle (Burgess 72), Langdon, McAughtrie, Wylde, Foster, Wright, Hildreth, Sheldon (Lea 80), Rodman, Pritchard (Warburton 69)
Subs: Sheridan, Law, Burgess
Hibbert, Moogan, Bowen (Roberts 52), Armstrong, Bowes, Grogan, Parry (McCulloch 52), Olsen, Evans (Roscoe 70), Smart, Robinson
Subs: Cass, Brooks
Man of the Match: Rodman and Sheldon
Referee: Mr J. Cox (Worcester)