Williams brace leads Lambs to victory
23 October 2007
Gary Mills made two changes to the side that drew with Gainsborough at the weekend as his side lined up to face Hinckley United. Dominic Langdon returned to replace Harry Donaghey who took a place on the bench and Dave Burtoft made his league debut with Craig McAughtrie out injured.
Hinckley, without a win to their name in the league so far, featured four ex-Lambs in their starting line up – Sean Bowles, Dominic Roma, Richard Lavery and Kyle Storer while much traveled ‘keeper Dale Belford sat on the bench for The Knitters.
Tamworth started brightly winning a couple of freekicks inside the United half. The second of which Nick Wright flicked goalward with the outside of his boot forcing Bowles to concede a corner but the flag kick was wasted.
The Lambs took the lead with five minutes gone when poor defending allowed Matt Williams to stole onto the mis-cleared ball and then push it past Bowles and side foot into the net (1-0)
Bampton was felled outside the area on 9 for another TFC freekick on the left of the area although play had to be held up whie Hinckley made an early substitution.
It was 2-0 on 12 when Nick Wright capitalised on yet more poor defensive play by the visitors to go past a hesitant Tony Butler and fire home.
Sean Bowles denied Wright a second a Tamworth third on 16 after an incisive through ball gave him time to advance on the keeper only to be denied as he tried to take it around the former Lambs custodian.
And Williams curled an effort past the far post less than a minute later after holding off his marker and turning in the box to get the shot away.
Mindful of the defensive frailties being shown by his side, Dean Thomas made a second substitution with less than 20 minutes played and Dave Bampton came off as a precautionary measure on 23 with Adie Smith moving into midfield.
Lavery flashed a header from a United freekick wide of the mark on 27 in their first real chance of the game and they won a corner on 29 which Burtoft headed off the line from Birch’s effort.
Hinckley’s Colin Marrison struck a freekick at the wall on 34 and Roma tried to curled a shot from the rebound but it was wide of Veiga’s goal and Chris Nurse picked up the first card of the night on 36.
Burtoft flicked a header on for Williams to chase on 40 only to see it run through to Bowles, but the Hinckley keeper was very lucky to escape when his clearance came back off the in coming run of Williams straight into his arms.
A slip by the Lambs defence allowed Marrison to burst down the left wing but his final shot was lacking and Veiga was able to watch it go wide of his near post from distance on 42.
Hinckley had a spell of pressure at the end of the first half, culminating in a driven effort from David McClements in stoppage time but his strike was straight at Veiga who collected easily which at the otyhjer end Bolwes caught a well directed but tame header from Wright just before the whistle blew.
After riding some early pressure from Hinckley Smith, Burtoft and Wright all linked up to exert some of their own before Williams took on and beat the second to last defender, sprinted past the last one and rolled the ball into the left hand corner from the edge of the area to make it 3-0 - his fifth goal in six starts.
Viega and Smith combined to stop an aerial assault from the Knitters on the hour mark which came from Storer and ended with Birch thumping a shot straight at the Lambs captain.
Hinckley refused to lie down and almost pulled one back on 66 through Owen Story, but after cutting into the area he fired across the face of goal and out at the far post.
Tamworth came back and Burtoft went close inside the area before Smith made way for Ben Leonard in the centre of the park.
Williams made a dash for goal on 74 only to be brought down a yard outside the area by Stuart Storer who received a yellow card for his efforts allowing Williams to strike for goal from the freekick, and while Bowles stopped his shot it skimmed out of his hands and despairingly onto the top of the bar and out.
With Wright unable to feature against Burton on Saturday as he is cup-tied, Anthony Robinson took his place in attack for the final ten minutes.
Brian Woodall almost snatched an unlikely consolation goal with a minute remaining when Veiga strayed out of his area and Woodall’s cross come shot from the left byline looped onto the top of the crossbar.
In added time at the end of the second half Tamworth got a final chance to increase their goal difference but Sheldon’s freekick was cleared.
Veiga, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, Smith (Leonard 66), Bampton (Bains 23), Burtoft, Nurse, Wright (Robinson 80), Williams, Sheldon
Subs: Sheridan, Donaghey
Bowles, Roman, Shilton, Lavery, Butler (Storer S 19), Penny (Birch 10), McClements, Storer K, Marrison, Story (Woodall 77), Phillpott
Subs: Lenton, Belford
Yellow Cards: Nurse 36, Lavery 71, Storer S 74
Referee: Mr N. Radford (Nuneaton)
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