United take the points
07 October 2005
From the Abbey Stadium, Cambridge
"I thought we deserved something out the game," boss Mark Cooper commented after the final whistle,"The referee made it a entertaining game for the fans - end to end stuff - I tried to ask him the question about the offside decision for the equaliser - it was like the one Tris (Whitman) had ruled out last weekend at Kidderminster and that was questionable. But ultimately we were at fault for the two goals. The offside didn't work and the long throw should have been cut out. We had worked on that in training and Aaron lost his man. January is a long way away and we've told him he has got to put performnaces in every week. We were committed, solid at the back and had a go and I think a point would have been fair."
A tentative opening few minutes almost came to life after 8 when a foul on Carl Heggs allowed Scott Stamps to fire in a free kick from 20 yards out which was parried and Heggs followed up at the near post but shot wide.
Stamps gave away a free kick on the right on 12 minutes which United fired into the box but Brown and Storer cleared the danger but Cambridge looked perhaps the better of the two sides where passing was concerned with towering striker Fola Onibuje to aim and at tried to make in roads through the Lambs defence and on 15 Onibuje swept a close range effort well wide of the goal after a good move down the left.
Aaron Brown flashed a header wide from a Stamps free kick on 18 as the Lambs continued to look dangerous from set pieces and relatively settled at the back.
But on 22 Tamworth’s offside trap 25 yards from goal didn’t work, as Westcarr was running back from a forward position but not interfering, which allowed Onibuje to run onto the through ball and fire past Dormand from 8 yards. (0-1)
From The Lambs first corner of the game Carl Heggs forced a fine save from Howie on 43 latching onto a Storer ball which split the home defence but the resulting corner was cleared.
Tamworth started to push forward in the final few first half minutes, but neither Bob Taylor or Carl Heggs for finish the handful of half chances that fell to them and despite a total of six first half bookings (three for both sides) it was not a particularly ‘dirty’ first 45 minutes.
United captain Mark Peters picked up the seventh yellow card of the evening after a late challenge on Dave Bampton on 53 allowing Tamworth a set piece chance from 30 yards out which Graham Ward struck and a slight deflection off the wall took it into the top corner for equalising goal. (1-1)
Shortly after (on 56) Onibuje had a goal ruled out for offside following a good ball into the heart of the Lambs defence much to the relief of the travelling Lambs faithful.
The game continued in a scrappy fashion with neither side managing to put more than a few passes together and although the home side found themselves more in the Tamworth half than out of it the Lambs defence coped with everything that came at them including a well taken defensive punch from Dormand following a long United free kick. But on 71 Peters flicked on a near post header from a long throw which Andy Duncan finished from close range. (1-2)
Craig Westcarr was denied a penalty on 77 after Matt Redmile took the ball from his toes after a good run by the United striker into the right hand side of the Lambs penalty area as Tamworth searched for a way back in to the game but continued to be forced back into their own half.
Despite the United pressure, Tamworth did find a way forward on 84 and Kyle Storer put the ball in the net from a Darren Mansaram flick on inside the area but was adjudged to have been offside much to the besmusement of all involved.
Mark Cooper brought himself into the fray in second half stoppage time, but even the influence of The Gaffa on the field could not muster a last ditch equaliser.
Heggs (Mansram 68), Taylor
Storer (Cooper 90), Bampton, Ward, Turner (Whitman 82)
Stamps, Brown, Redmile, Smith
Unused: Gayle, Francis
Pitt, Hanlon, Bridges, Smith
Okai, Pters, Duncan, Gleeson
Onibuje 22, Bampton 24, Westcarr 29, Redmile 40, Duncan 44, Heggs 45
Peters 51, Taylor 72, Mansaram 84
Att: 2606 (115 from TFC)