Victory is the Wright stuff for Lambs
01 December 2007
The visit of bottom of the table Leigh RMI brought with it two Lambs debuts and three changes from the side that defeated Stalybridge last weekend.
Striker Kirk Jackson made his first start after signing on a month’s loan from Harrogate Town in midweek while vastly experienced David Oldfield made his debut too.
With Chris Nurse suspended Adie Smith came back into the side after injury.
After a slow start, Leigh won a corner at the Castle End but wasted the flag kick on 4. Gareth Sheldon then forced a corner for The Lambs but Adie Smith’s header in to the area was blocked.
After a sliding tackle floored a Leigh midfielder a fracas involving Dave Bampton and Robin Gibson saw Bampton in the book for the second game on the trot but no punishment for Gibson who had charged into confront the Lambs midfielder following his challenge.
There was very little to write home about regarding forward play from either side and the first real shot of the game came on 16 minutes via a wayward effort from Leon Osborne.
Sheldon then won another corner while Owen Roberts received treatment for Leigh. Sheldon chipped Tim Dittmer’s punch towards the far corner and it took a header off the line from, the smallest player on the park, Gibson to stop the opening goal.
A great through ball down the left wing from Sheldon released Nick Wright on 28 but the Lambs striker took too many touches and Dittmer was able to scramble the ball clear.
Steve Settle forced Graeme Law to concede a corner on 32 but Tamworth broke from it and Wright surged forward from the half way line before planting a low shot into the near corner to make it 1-0 to Tamworth from the edge of the area.
Jonti Richter whipped the ball into the area on 38 but no-one could apply the finish and on 40, Wright unleashed a right footed drive from 25 yards after good work from Oldfield but it went wide of the mark.
Richter won a corner on 43 but Sheldon curled his effort wide and on 46 Michael Briscoe rose highest to head Sheldon’s flag kick, but cleared the bar with his effort.
Wright made another run from just inside the Leigh half on 47 from Oldfield’s pass, but rolled his effort inches past the far post when a goal looked a certainty
Briscoe connected with Richter’s corner on 52 only to be denied by a reflex double save from Dittmer who did well to get to the rebound as Briscoe pounced.
Philip Palethorpe had been a virtual spectator for muich of the game, but made sure Kieran Lugsden would get nowhere near his area on 57, rushing out to clear the ball as it rolled towards him.
Tamworth pressure was causing Leigh to make mistakes but a second goal was still evading them and Leigh then enjoyed a spell of possession but rarely troubled The Lambs in the final third.
Then on 71, almost out of nowhere Sheldon spectacularly swept home Wright’s right wing cross from 15 yards past a hapless Dittmer to make it 2-0.
A rare shot on target from 25 yards from substitute McCarthy on 74 failed to trouble Palethorpe.
Adie Smith was shown a harsh yellow card on 77 after winning the ball cleanly in a tough tackle on the centre circle only for Jamie Davies to go down under the full weight of the challenge which saw both players strike the ball at the same time. Davies had to leave the field with assistance from his team mates leaving the visitors with ten men while he received treatment.
Tamworth pushed for a third while they held numerical advantage and despite forcing a last minute corner, but looked content to settle for the 2-0 win ahead of the visit of Harrogate in the Setanta Shield on Tuesday night.
Palethorpe, Lyttle, Law, Briscoe, Smith, Bampton, Richter, Oldfield, Jackson, Wright, Sheldon
Subs: Williams, Bains, Robinson, Ebdon, Sheridan (none used)
Dittmer, Unsworth, Davies, Heald, Brockley, Hill, Settle, Gibson, Lugsden (Chetcuti 68), Osborne (Goulding 55), Roberts (McCarthy 19)
Subs: Smith, Saynor
Yellow Cards: Bampton 11, Smith 77
Red Cards: none
Referee: Mr. J. Law (Worcester)
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Nick Wright and Gareth Sheldon