Sunday Aug 30, 2009
Tamworth welcomed Kidderminster Harriers to The Lamb on Bank Holiday Monday following the Lambs 1-0 away reversal at the hands of Barrow on Saturday afternoon and recorded a fine 2-1 win over the Worcestershire side and move them to 6th in the table.
Gary Mills without the services of Bradley Pritchard who is suspended for three games following his sending off at Barrow brought Des Lyttle in and Richard Tait had a "great game" in midfield.
And they will be looking to continue their good form on Saturday (Sep 05) when AFC Wimbledon visit The Lamb for the first time, kick off 3pm.
And Pritchard was due to speak on the BBC Non League Radio Show - on Monday (Aug 31) evening - go to www.bbc.co.uk/london/radio/nonleague for more info
Lambs boss Gary Mills was understandably delighted with the performance against Kidderminster;
"I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points. We defended superbly, from the front, and created enough chances to win it by a greater margin. It was a cruel defeat at Barrow after such a long journey on Saturday so to have my players respond in this way is a delight.
And to now sit at 6th in the table knowing that we could have had more points than we have at the moment, based on the way we have played, only gives us encouragement for the future. Of the seven games we've played we could have won six and drawn one which is a great thing to be able to say. But we have dropped points from our own errors and it's something we've been working on.
"To be without a player like Bradley (Pritchard) is obviously a blow for us, but Richard Tait had a great game in midfield and didn't look phased by playing there. None of the players did.
There was no question about the penalty in our eyes today, and Chris (Smith) held his hands up (literally!) to own up for the mistake.
I'm also delighted for Nick (Wright) and Alex (Rodman) to have got their goals too getting on the scoresheet can only breed confidence in our forwards, but we will move on now to another big test on Saturday."
After the game at Barrow's Holker Street assistant boss Darron Gee was reticent about the game but furious about the penalty decision called against against Michael Briscoe.
"There were two questions against the penalty - was he (Briscoe) inside the box and was it deliberate handball? Obviously the referee thought both of these were valid so gave them the spot kick, but a lot of other eyes saw the incident quite differently (including that of Barrow boss Dave Bayliss).
As for Bradley's sending off - if he raised his arm / hand to the player then he can have no complaints and he's going to have to live with the consequences, but it does mean we have to shuffle the pack around a little so it hasn't helped in that respect.
But we will get on with the job against Kidderminster and aim to play the sort of football we showed in the first half here today. But we do need to be more ruthless as if we'd have taken our chances in the first half we would have not been as vunerable against the wind in the second half."