Wright goal wins a wet and windy encounter.
11 March 2008
Tamworth welcomed Redditch United looking for a return to winning form after two straight league defeats.
Boss Gary Mills recalled Dave Clarke to step in for the injured Alex Cisak in goal while Michael Briscoe and Colin Marrison swapped places with Adie Smith and Jamie Reed who took a seat on the bench this time around.
Redditch, managed by Gary Whild, featured two ex-Lambs in Scott Rickards and Graham Deakin in their starting eleven as both looked for points at a blustery Lamb.
The rain really started to lash down as the players kicked off, Tamworth heading towards the top of the ground while Redditch were aiming for the castle end.
Tamworth started the brighter of the two kicking with the wind and rain and put early pressure oin the Redditch back line including a Gareth Sheldon freekick which Briscoe headed behind at the far post on 5.
Chris Murphy and Rickards tried their luck but found the Lambs defence in the way on 7 and won a corner which eventually fell onto the head of Geohaghon but he found Clarke in the right place to smother the effort.
A lot of deliberation between the match officials took place on 10 following a couple of tackles by the away dougout which resulted in a yellow card for Colin Marrison and Lee Downes after a massed gathering of players had to be separated.
Sheldon curled a freekick past the far upright shortly after following a foul on Dominic Langdon and the next chance that fell Tamworth’s way after a short period of Redditch possession saw Dave Bampton lift his shot wide of the mark after going past two defenders 10 yards outside the area.
Although the rain had stopped neither side managed to create any good goal scoring chances – Tamworth had the lions share of possession.
Deakin was lucky to escape a booking after a challenge on Bampton on 40 and on 41 an excellent cross from Martin Foster was headed well by Sheldon but keeper Danny Lewis was equal to the effort and put the ball out for a corner which was wasted.
Briscoe headed the ball behind after a flowing Redditch move ended with a cross from Rickards and Langdon cleared the danger.
The rain started again as the second half got underway and Tamworth found themselves playing into the wind as well.
They did manage to thread the ball through the middle of the Redditch back four on 51 but Nick Wright was offside when he took the last touch to get into a goalscoring position.
Bampton unleashed a right footed drive from 25 yards on 55 and narrowly missed opening the scoring by a few feet wide of the left hand upright.
Howard Forinton put a curling shot wide of the far post a minute later after receiving the ball from Rickards and the rain stopped again a quarter of an hour in but the wind continued to blow up the pitch.
Chris Nurse got a half shot at goal from close range on 63 only to see it hit a defender in front of him before being cleared.
Murphy had a shot deflected out for a corner on 68 which came to nothing and Tamworth broke forward and from a throw on the left Nick Wright collected the ball at his feet turned and fired low past Lewis to give the home side the lead. (1-0)
Wright burst down the right on 72 and sent the ball forward but Sheldon was beaten to it by a Redditch defender who put it out for a corner.
From the flag kick Wright had two chances but sent the ball across the face of goal with his second and when Sheldon chipped it back in from the opposite side Langdon headed goalward only to see it cleared off the line as the home faithful rose prematurely to celebrate a second Tamworth strike.
The visitors won a freekick on the 30 yards out in the right channel on 75 and Danny Edwards held his head in his hands after his direct shot skimmed the top of the bar on it’s way into the stand behind the goal.
After a brief respite from the downpour the floodlights highlighted the sheets of rain once again on 79 which caused Lewis to miss-cue his kick as the ball skimmed quickly through to him but Wright could not catch the loose ball and Bampton’s header from the resultant corner.
Murphy directed an unmarked header wide of the near post shortly afterwards and a searching ball from Liam Murray found Forinton on 84 but Clarke was equal to his shot from the right, smothering the ball as it came towards him.
Redditch forced a couple of corners, the first was wasted but the second was cleared off the line by Martin Foster after Liam Daly had turned and shot low inside the box on 86.
When The Lambs got the ball they pushed forward knowing that a second goal would kill the game but also not wanting to lose the advantage as the three minutes of added time was shown.
Adie Smith came into the fray to strengthen the defence at the expense of Marrison but there was no need to panic as Nick Wright forced a corner and the final whistle blew on a much needed victory.
Clarke, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, McAughtrie, Bampton, Foster, Nurse, Marrison (Smith 90), Wright, Sheldon
Subs: Richter, Sheridan, Reed, Williams
Lewis, Murray, Edwards, Daly, Geohagan, Downes, Deaking, Murphy, Rickards, Forinton, Johnson (Softley 55)
Subs: Walker, Markman, Evans, Clarke
Yellow Cards: Marrison 11, Downes 12
Referee: Mr. M. Heywood (Northwich)
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