Where are the defences at the Rec?
08 January 2005
The Shots started the brighter with Tim Sills shooting wide after just two minutes and then volleying wide four minutes later.
But it was the Lambs who took a stunning lead with only seven minutes gone. Scott Stamps' free kick was knocked down by Tristram Whitman and lifted expertly over the advancing ‘keeper by Kyle Storer for his first goal.
The lead lasted just two minutes when Sills knocked the ball into the back of the net from close range. Debutant Lambs' keeper Chris Neal did well to get his hands to a whipped in free kick only for Sills to nip in at the back post.
With just 14 minutes on the clock Neal expertly stopped Steve Watson’s initial shot with his feet only to see it flick up invitingly onto the head of Nick Critteden who nodded the ball into an otherwise empty net.
However, Tamworth refused to roll over and Bob Taylor finished well from a tight angle after rounding the keeper for his 12th of the season.
Tamworth’s injury woes grew unexpectedly as Mark Turner hobbled off just before the break to be replaced by boss Mark Cooper.
On 61 minutes McAuley’s cross fell invitingly for Jon Challinor to run onto and played basketball for a while before firing home his side's third.
Tamworth almost immediately hit back through Whitman’s left foot volley but it flew inches over the bar.
Crittenden trickled a shot-come-pass across the face of goal minutes later, however schoolboy defending gifted substitute Tyron Smith his side's fourth on 83 minutes as Clarke drew the Lambs defence before dispatching an inch-perfect cross to the unmarked Smith who volleyed home from eight yards out.
In the third minute of stoppage time Taylor superbly headed Chad Sheppard’s long crossfield ball passed Bull to pull the score back to 4-3.
"We were defensively poor,” said Cooper after the game. “When you score three goals away from home it usually means a win but we let ourselves down. Having said that there was a blatant handball and although I’m not using it as an excuse it was definitely the turning point in the match.”
Aldershot: Bull, Nick Crittenden, Antwi, Jinadu (Giles 45),Johnson, Barnard (Clarke 56), Watson (Smith 78), McAuley, Challinor, Dixon, Sills. Subs Not Used: Glasspool, Eribenne.
Booked: McAuley, Antwi, Smith.
Tamworth: Neal, Adie Smith, Redmile, Ebdon (Curtis 90), Simpson, Storer (Sheppard 80), Stamps, Robinson, Taylor, Turner (Cooper 38), Whitman.Subs not used: Price, Bampton.
Booked: Adie Smith, Cooper, Stamps.
Ref: R Lee (Essex)