Stevenson denies Lambs three home points
12 April 2008
Tamworth, in 14th place, welcomed Boston United to The Lamb for a league tie which, with five games remaining and two in hand over their visitors, could have seen Gary Mills’ side move up the table in their bid to finish the season in the top half.
If was to go 'according to plan' as Mills’ squad, unbeaten in the previous four league games, would be looking to keep the run going as long as possible.
Dave Bampton was back from injury, but Dominic Langdon and Craig McAughtrie were ruled out, while Colin Marrison sat on the bench which meant that there were three changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Leigh RMI the previous weekend.
For the Pilgrims who would themselves be aiming to finish the season on a high starting with their final away trip of the season having won just two of the last nine league games featured ex- Lambs Simon Weaver and Jon Stevenson.
After a heavy hail storm covered the Lamb prior to kick off the weather was strangely calm as the two sides got underway.
It was pretty much even stevens in the first tussles until the 7th minute when a poor clearance from Chris Wright allowed his namesake Nick, to pile in a low shot which deflected just past the post for a Lambs corner. However, Chris Nurse’s header was easy for Wright to collect.
Des Lyttle sprinted forward to win a corner on 10. Wright’s initial flag kick came back to him and Martin Foster won a corner from his shot after Wright chipped the ball back in. The subsequent corner came to nothing but a minute later Wright forged his way through only to mis-direct the one-two which Jake Sheridan on the edge of the area and the chance was gone.
A snap shot from distance from Gareth Sheldon on 16 didn’t go in only due to a fortuitous save by Wright with his legs - which ballooned the ball over the bar - but nothing came from the corner and Boston won a flag kick from their counter attack.
Then Foster tried his luck from a similar distance on 18 which Wright dropped to collect fairly easily.
After a quite period on the park, Sheridan fired a freekick on the right wing in for Wright, but he could only get a half shot away on the turn and Wright collected.
Nurse picked up a booking on 36 before firing in a low shot from the right of the area shortly after, but once again it did little to trouble the visiting keeper who smothered the low ball.
The Lambs won another corner with five first half minutes to go which was headed behind for a second flag kick and when the ball eventually fell for Sheldon he placed his shot well wide of the far upright.
Sheridan almost forced his looping header to open the scoring on 45 from Des Lyttle's cross but Wright tipped the ball over his bar and from the corner Weaver hooked Briscoe’s header away from danger.
In added time persistent Lambs pressure saw Sheridan’s shot strike a defender and go out for a corner and when Briscoe headed the incoming ball strongly goalward Sheldon celebrated getting the final touch with his knee to give the Lambs the half time lead.
Tommy Taylor brought on Stevenson and Kieran Leabon at half time to try and get back into the tie, and it was Stevenson who look the most likely to score the next goal with an early effort.
And on 49 he set up Ashley Nicholls with a right footed shot which Alex Cisak turned around his post for a corner.
Stevenson let fly from 20 yards on 54 with a right footed drive which Cisak was equal to and The Lambs raced ot the other end for a succession of flag kicks.
Weaver tried his luck from the edge of the area for the visitors on 57 but curled his effort wide and at the other end on the hour Sheldon miss hit a shot on the turn.
A speculative unwavering drive over the far corner of post and bar came from Graeme Law on 64 as Tamworth rode the early second half pressure and reasserted themselves on the game.
An elbow on Bampton by Boston captain Paul Ellender earned him a booking on 73 while Leabon hit a 30 yard shot wide with 14 remaining and John Froggatt struck over the bar shortly afterwards.
Then when it looked like Tamworth were doing enough to play out three points, with nine remaining, Stevenson swung a boot at the loose ball when a freekick was not cleared and his shot found the far corner from 8 yards through a crowded area. (1-1)
Foster struck a good shot from the edge of the area with less than five minutes left which Wright saved well and The Lambs once again forced a couple of corners which came to nothing.
A late right footed volley from Lyttle as the fourth official showed three minutes of added time went past the far upright but there was not to be a winning goal for either side and they had to share the points.
Cisak, Lyttle, Law, Smith (capt), Briscoe, Foster, Bampton (Richter 83), Nurse, Sheldon (Ebdon 89), Wright N (Marrison 80), Sheridan
Subs: Jackson, Boothe
Wright C, Matthews, Green, Ellender (capt), Weaver, Bllomer, Thompson (Leabon HT), Nicholls, Froggat (Talbot 85), O’Halloran (Stevenson HT), Rowan
Subs: Crane, Wood
Yellow Cards: Nurse 36, Ellender 73
Red Cards: none
Referee: Mr. Hobday (Tipton)
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