Williams sees red in Lambs defeat
30 September 2006
After blasting his side following their defeat at Altrincham Lambs boss Mark Cooper made four changes to the starting eleven. Emmet Friars and Graeme Law returned to the side at the expense of Joe Kendrick and Jon Stevenson, while Matt Williams and John McGrath came off the bench from last weekend to replace Paul Devlin and the suspended Bradley Thomas.
The Lambs came quickly out of the blocks and Gavin McAllum forced a corner in the first minute but the early chance was cleared.
But Cambridge were awarded a penalty on 1 minute 50 seconds when Tom Kemp brought down Liam Marum as he ran into the box. The spot was taken by Marcus Richardson and he duly put his side into the lead. (0-1)
Taiwo Atieno won a free kick on 7 minutes which McGrath fired into the area but The U’s dealt with the loose ball danger.
From a similar position less than 60 seconds later, McGrath found he head of Atieno at the far post but Paul Crichton in the visitors goal saved easily.
Marum almost extended his side’s lad on 9 minutes, turning in the box under pressure from the Lambs defence, but shot just past the far upright.
On 13 Atieno ran onto a ball through and bore down on Crichton but the Cambridge ‘keeper did well to block his shot and more Lambs pressure saw Matt Williams force a save out Crichton following his header from a corner.
Williams sprinted through and shouted for a shirt pull in the area as he tried to shoot on 19, but referee Mr Proctor-Green waved play on.
Tamworth continued to search for an equalizer and Tom Kemp glanced a header wide from another flag kick on 21 and had a penalty claim turned down following a tackle on Law shortly after. McGrath’s freekick on 25 found Kemp again, but the tall defender headed over the bar from close range.
The Lambs won a corner on 30 but Adie Smith saw his header deflected over then the best chance of the game fell to Atieno on 32. He received the ball at his feet in the box, beat the last man but rolled his shot agonizingly wide of the far post when he perhaps had a little more time to finish the move.
Atieno again went close on 40, from another McGrath freekick this time on the opposite side of the field, but his header flashed into the hoardings at the far post.
Cambridge forced only their second corner of the game in first half stoppage time but squandered the chance while at the other end, Williams just failed to latch onto a low driven ball from McAllum.
Tamworth almost bagged an equalizer on 49. Crichton fumbled a shot allowing Atieno and Williams to combine to get hold of the loose ball, but as play carried on Williams strayed offside and the chance evaporated.
Jon Brady tried a spectacular long range lob on 59 from 35 yards out on the right of the field, but his dipping strike went over the bar, and at the other end McGrath let fly from a similar distance forcing Crichton to push the ball out for a corner.
More Lambs pressure came via Williams and Smith, but the visiting defence blocked their shots from close range and an offside flag denied Williams on 63.
Williams then pointlessly and unbelievably got himself sent off by punching Morrison after he had appeared to have felt a tug on his shirt in the area. There was simply no need for the reaction from the Lambs striker, which would have been more at home in a school playground, no matter what had previously gone on which definitely did not warrant his uncalled for response for which he was punished accordingly.
After a bit of re-organisation including two substitutions by Mark Cooper The Lambs regrouped and continued to press United for an equalizer with Burton taking Williams place in attack.
Sub Michael Tuohy almost netted the elusive Tamworth goal on 82 with a half volley from 25 yards, but Crichton saved easily at his far post.
In the final 5 minutes, the heavens opened and made ball control difficult but Burton and Paul Devlin linked well, presenting McAllum with a shooting chance, which he took, but it was taken well by Crichton once again.
Tamworth were handed a life line with 5 minutes of added time but failed to steal a point at the death.
Williams, Atieno (Devlin 84)
McAllum, Storer (Burton 70), McGrath, Law
Friars (Tuohy 74), Kemp, Weaver, Smith A.
Subs: Neilson, Cooper
Richardson, Marum (Carey-Bertram 70)
Pitt (Smith S. 76), Bridges, Wolleaston, Brady
Jaszczun (Robinson 21), Bloomer, Morrison, Gier
Subs: Herbert, Gash
Goals: Richardson (pen) 3
Yellow Cards: Marum 58
Red Cards: Williams 63
MOM: as voted for match sponsors: Hanson Buildings, Staffordshire Highways Accord: John McGrath