Veiga sees red and Lambs pay the penalty
26 December 2006
Tamworth welcomed local rivals Burton Albion to The Lamb for their Boxing Day encounter with both teams aware that the home side had never won a Conference derby.
Simon Weaver returned from injury while Jon McGrath was forced to sit the game out due to suspension.
After Weaver had picked up a yellow card in the fourth minute for going in (but making no contact) with his studs showing to Burton ‘keeper Kevin Poole, Jon Shaw let fly at Jose Veiga and the Lambs custodian did well to tip the ball over the bar for a corner.
Danny Holmes replaced Andy Ducros on 13 and less than a minute later he forced Veiga into an easy but necessary save with a 20 yard drive.
Darren Stride unnecessarily conceded for The Lambs first flag kick on 16 but Joe Kendrick’s corner came to nothing while at the other end…Andy Corbett crossed from the right on 17 for Daryl Clare but the Brewers striker pushed the ball wide of the far post.
Taiwo Atieno spurned a great chance on 26 to put the Lambs one nil up but took far to long before deciding to shape to shoot and Stride had nipped the ball from him when it should have been heading toward goal.
On 38 Corbett struck for goal through a crowded area but the Lambs defence cleared the danger only to concede a corner shortly after which proved fruitless.
Tamworth won a corner on 48 and had appeals for a penalty on Tom Kemp waved away as the ball whistled through the box.
The second half, aided by some refereeing decisions that the crowd did not agree with, started as a very lively affair with The Lambs on top. Aieno burst through only to be denied a corner when he shaped to shoot and Helsop making space for himself but firing wide from inside the area on 54.
Darryl Taylor unleashed a right footed drive from the edge of the area on 55 but Stride got his head in the way and deflected the goalbound effort over the bar.
Albion worked hard o get themselves back into the game and Daryl Clare was unlucky not to finish a good move on 63 which saw the ball make it’s way back to Veiga but with Clare bearing down.
Heslop struck along the floor from the left on 67 but it was an easy chance for Poole to gather at his near post as the game continued to prove that there was little between the two sides despite the gulf in league positions.
Tamworth won a free kick 30 yards, on the right of centre, from goal on 71 and Kendrick forced a great diving save out of Poole to deny and from the corner Kyle Storer headed into the danger area only for Terry Henshaw to head his goalbound effort off the line and away to safety.
Lamsb persistence won them a lions share of possession and another corner was forthcoming on 73 but Poole gathered.
But on 74 Daryl Clare pushed Jon Shaw through and as he burst through on goal Veiga was adjudged to have brought him down. Veiga was shown a red card and Cooper swapped Matt Williams for Dale Belford as Clare stepped up in front of the away end.
Belford guessed correctly, diving low to his left, but Clare’s penalty sneaked in and separated the two sides with 77 minutes gone. (0-1)
Atieno (Burton 89), Williams (Belford 76)
Kendrick, Storer, Heslop, Taylor
Laight (Stevenson 81), Kemp, Weaver, Smith
Subs: Law, Cooper
Corbett, Fowler, Carden, Ducros (Holmes 13, Henshaw HT)
Brayford, Tinson (Austin 41), Stride, Rowett
Subs: Gilroy, Harrad
Yellow Cards: Weaver 4
Red Cards: Veiga 75
MOM: As chosen by sponsors Tamworth Herald and UK Erecting Services: Joe Kendrick and Adie Smith