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Posted Fri 17 Aug 12 at 10:26 AM

Hatters unbeaten run comes to an end

Stockport County's 100% record came to an end at The Lamb Ground as Sam Oji's first half injury time goal gave Tamworth all three points and take his side above the Hatters in the table.

Craig Hobson's match began with an almighty clattering as he was flattened by the first challenge of the game in the first minute. Keeper Tony Breeden opting to punch Sean Newton's free kick clear under no pressure from a County player.

Two minutes later and Hobson was brought down again on the edge of box in the 3rd minute, Newton's free kick going harmlessly over bar.

The first corner of the game went County's way on 5 minutes with Danny O'Donnell's header saved comfortably by Breeden.

Ian Ormson's first touch of ball came a minute later as he claimed a long ball over the top of his defence a minute later. The home side were beginning to feel their way into the game and Peter Till's free kick was headed wide by Tom Marshall in the 7th minute.

Danny Rowe was then caught in possession on edge of his own box on 13 minutes with Ormson forced into his first save of game from Jean-Paul Marna as the ball broke to the big forward.

Tamworth's first corner came on 16 minutes with Danny Hattersley clearing the danger. 

Hobson, still struggling from his earlier knocks, was replaced by Danny Whitehead on 24 minutes, with Marna also replaced by Charlie Collins during a break in play.

A free kick to home side on the half hour saw Ormson under pressure at his far post, Andy Halls clearing from his line.

A minute later and Jon Nolan found himself in the referee's book after a late challenge on the County right.

Neat play from the home side created an opportunity for Connor Gudger only for the midfielders shot to sail over Ormson's bar.

A contentious decision saw the home side awarded a free kick on the edge of the County box on 37 minutes. Halls had clearly won the ball and to add insult to injury the full back was shown a yellow card.

Luckily for the Hatters, the free kick matched the decision as Adam Cunnington cleared the ground with his kick.

Further opportunities came the way of the home side as Cunnington headed Connor s Gudger's cross wide on 41 minutes before Till shot wide after drifting inside Newton.

The home side took  the lead in time added on. Minutes after Ormson had been forced into a save down to his left to deal with a Tommy Wright header he was beaten as Sam Oji dived to head home a free kick from the right hand side.

Nolan missed an immediate opportunity to level for County as he slammed his effort over the bar from a Whitehead lay off on the edge of the Tamworth box.

HT: Tamworth 1 Stockport County 0

With a large following from Cheshire cheering them on from behind the goal they were attacking, the Hatters started the second half well, earning a corner in the first minute. Newton's kick being cleared well by the home defence.

Super football from County down the right hand side between Nolan, James Tunnicliffe and Whitehead almost brought a leveller, with Hattersley just failing to connect to Whitehead's cross across the six yard box.

Hattersley then created a chance on 54 minutes only to see his well struck effort tipped away for another corner by Breeden. Newton's corner then being headed wide by Piergianni.

Ormson, a spectator so far in the half, was forced into smart save to his right as a shot came in from the left on 57 minutes. Tunnicliffe's free kick on the hour mark was headed wide by Hattersley as County looked to find a way into the game.

Danny O'Donnell went down after a clash of heads on 62 minutes, but was able to continue after treatment. Hattersley being replaced by Tom Collins on the restart.

The home side appeared happy to sit back and soak up County pressure, hitting the Hatters on the counter, with Ormson almost being caught out as his clearance is charged down on 71 minutes.

Lloyd Kerry created a chance for himself on 83 minutes, cutting in from the right before slamming an effort over the bar. Another chance coming from a County free kick on 85 minutes. Rowe's kick charged down which put the home side on the attack. Piergianni ensuring the ball went behind for a  goal kick. 

With four minutes added on County's best effort came as Oji almost scored in his own net as he deflected a Whitehead cross goal wards. Keeper Breeden coming to his rescue, plucking the ball from under his crossbar.

FT: Tamworth 1  Stockport County 0

Starting XI: Ormson, Halls (Piergianni), Newton, Connor, O'Donnell, Tunnicliffe, Kenyon, Hattersley (Collins), Hobson (Whitehead), Nolan, Rowe.

Subs: King, Whitehead, Collins, Piergianni, Fagbola.

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