Williams goal, only consolation
12 August 2006
The opening game of the 2006-7 season welcomed Garry Hill’s newly promoted Weymouth to The Lamb.
The Terra’s were without 5 of their squad through injury, while five Lambs made their debuts as Mark Cooper looked for an opening day win and in the pre-match warm up Roy O’Brien twisted his ankle and had to be replaced by substitute Steve Tully.
But Ben Smith opened the scoring after just 10 seconds when a long ball was not dealt with and the former Shrewsbury Town midfielder took the relatively easy chance of lobbing Sean Bowles from the edge of the area. (0-1)
The Lambs defence looked decidedly shaky in the opening exchanges and Raphael Nade almost made it two on 10 minutes but failed to connect with Tully’s cross.
The chance of a quick come back was made all the more difficult when Ashley Vickers rose above the Lambs defence to head home an El Kholti corner kick on 14. (0-2)
Nade made a tricky run down the field on 20 but hoofed his final touch high over the goal.
On 26 McGrath tried a half volley at visiting ‘keeper Aaron Lee-Barrett but his effort lacked any real conviction and went wide.
Ben Smith then placed a well directed header at Bowles on 34 after some crisp passing while McGrath stuck a clean freekick straight into the arms of Lee-Barrett shortly after.
The Lambs luck was against them on 39 when the ball appeared to strike a hand in the Weymouth penalty area, but referee Mr Craig Evans of Lincoln was not to be swayed by the shouts of the Tamworth players and home crowd.
The referee told assistant manager Richard Dryden after the game that "The ball hit is hand, but it was not an intentional handball"
Simon Downer broke free and found space at the far post on 50 minutes and it took a last ditch save by Bowles to deny him, but when the ball was whipped in from a free kick two minutes later the same player found himself in a similar position and made no mistake from just few feet out. (0-3)
Cooper brought some fresh legs onto the field immediately after but it was too little too late to rescue anything from the game.
Terra’s substitute Wayne Purser went close with 10 minutes remaining but The Lambs finally got one back on 86 minutes when Matt Williams showed some determination to break through and eventually shoot home.
Birch (Williams 62), Moore
McGrath, Bampton, Storer (Stevenson 53), Ward
Friars, Redmile, Kemp (Law 57), Smith
Subs: Dormand, Neilson
Yellow Cards: Williams 65, Bampton 66
Nade (Purser 73), Eribenne (Logan 76)
Elam, Weatherstone, Crittenden, Smith
El Khoti, Vickers, O’Brien, Downer
Subs: Richardson, Matthews, Tully
MOM: John McGrath