The perfect start for The Lambs
13 August 2005
First half goals from Aaron Brown and Simon Hollis gave Tamworth all three points against a somewhat lacklustre Aldershot side who only really came to life in the second half.
And although Tamworth had chances to increase the scoreline even further boss Mark Cooper said, "Some people have underestimated us, we may well not win the league but we are going to be a hard team to beat and will be competitive throughout. Terry Brown (Aldershot manager) has had well documented problems getting his first eleven how he would like it and it did show today, but Aldershot will be there or there abouts come the end of the season.
We had a game plan and stuck to it - 5 midfielders to block them coming forward and Julian Alsop did very well up front. He is a constant threat and difficult to defend against. It is testament to the whole squad that it was hard to pick out a weakness today."
Infact, while he did not get his name on the scoresheet, Alsop created both Tamworth goals. The first, on 16 minutes, came via a Hugh McAuley left wing free kick which Alsop nodded down for Aaron Brown to sweep home and the second, 6 minutes later, Alsop flicked on down the line for Adie Smith to run onto. Smith then played a near perfect ball accross the box to Hollis who wrong footed the lone defender in his path and virtually passed the ball into the net.
Alsop was unlucky with a header that was tipped over shortly before the break and it was Aldershot's Man of the Match 'keeper Nikki Bull that kept the scoreline to just two goals.
Two golden second half chances fell to Tris Whitman and substitute Bob Taylor but Bull prevented both from finding the back of the net. The first saw Whitman pick up a poor backpass and advance on Bull but the 'keeper forced him wide and miscue his shot.
Tamworth fans were almost staking their mortages on Taylor scoring the third when Whitman played a delightful through-ball to his fellow striker but with just Bull to beat the former WBA hotshot saw his effort pushed out for a corner.
Aldershot hit the woodwork twice in the game and had a goal disallowed for offside and on another day may well have got something out of the 90 minutes, but the game looked destined to be going the Lambs way from the off.
There is no doubt in Cooper's mind though that Tuesday's game against Forest Green will be a tougher test.
Dortmand, Smith, Bampton, Redmile, Brown 1, Hollis 1 (Turner 74), Ward, Alsop (Taylor 70), Mcauley (Storer 82), Stamps, Whitman
Unused: Heggs, Gayle