25 July 2006
The Lambs welcomed Keith Bertschin’s Blues side to Tamworth and although big names were not as big as the fans had hoped, there were are number of City players who had featured in last season Premiership and were looking to break through the ranks again this time around. One name the home fans responded to was that of Nick Wright who had lined up against Stoke City at The Britannia Stadium in the FA Cup.
Graham Ward unleashed the first real strike on goal on 11 minutes from the right, but Colin Doyle was equal to his low drive and the same player connected with a cross from the left but his header flow over the bar on 14.
Matt Williams got his head to a cross and it took a finger tip save by Doyle to push the ball round his post and out for a corner on 16.
Ward finished a fine move on 18 to make it 1-0 to The Lambs after Williams and Moore combined to put the ball across the face of goal to Ward to sidefoot home a the near post.
City almost equalized a minute later but Aliver Allen flicked the ball over the bar unmarked and James Blake pushed his shot just wide of the post on 26 with ex-Blues keeper James Dormand beaten.
The Blues came close on two occasions as the half went on but both times finishing in the six yard box let them down.
Mark Cooper made two subs at half time, swapping Sean Bowles for James Dormand in goal and replacing Lee Moore with Jon Stevenson in attack but it was Emmet Friars who almost got his name on the scoresheet with a header over the bar after Williams had forced an early second half corner.
Stevenson met John McGrath’s corner with a powerful header on 51 but again the ball cleared the bar.
A dipping drive by Neil Kilkenny whistled past Bowles post only for Stevenson to put in a dangerous ball on the counter which took a last ditch tackle to deny Williams on 53
On 69 sub James McPike twisted and turned to get a good strike on Bowles goal, but he was equal to the effort and Tamworth cleared.
Ward broke free down the left on 77 only to see Graham Law denied by a well timed tackle, shortly before Cooper brought himself into the fray and with just seconds remaining assistant manager and former Blues star Richard Dryden came on!
Williams (Douglas 70), Moore (Stevenson HT)
McGrath (Cooper 80), Storer (Ridgeway 65), Bampton (Dryden 90), Ward
Friars, Redmile (Munday 75), Smith, Law
Dormand (Bowles HT)
Doyle, Howell, Blake, Oji, Painter, Price, Wright (McPike 56), Aluko (Burge 60), Allen, Kilkenny, Till (Pearce)
Subs: Meredith, Joyce