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Two shots and three points for 10 man United

FT: Tamworth 0    2 FC United of Manchester

07 April 2018

After Tuesday night's defeat away at Stockport County by the odd goal in five, Mike Fowler needed a response in front of the home faithful to give The Lambs a fighting chance of moving away from the drop zone as the final 360 minutes of football came into view.
Fowler made 2 changes to the side that ran out at Eddeley Park with Sharpe and Jones coming in for Donohue and Morley.

Tamworth kicked off the game attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half, and immediately went on the attack with the perhaps unlikely figure of Burns heading into the box and Angus got caught offside after beating the United back line on 3.
Davies whipped in a 5th minute corner from the right and it was met by the head of Kettle but went over the target.
The Lambs kept up the pressure as the minutes passed, and although it wasn't all one way traffic the Tamworth defence were doing their job well.
Asante made a strong run into the box down the right on 14 and forced a corner off the United defender which Davies once again put into the danger area but the visitors cleared.
Taylor picked the ball up and drilled it low off another United defender for another corner and United managed to get it away with a hefty boot again.
In a rare attack by United, the ball whipped in from the left and Lindfield flicked the ball over the target with his trailing boot.
On 20, Angus got into a great position off the pass of Asante, but his shot was blocked and went out for a corner on the right (again!). However, the flag kick was cleared and United pushed forward three against two, but the wrong pass was made and the ball was forced wide and headed away by Lane.
Asante battled with his covering defender to get the bouncing ball under control on 24 but was unable to make this final shot count, and a long throw from Sharpe was headed over the bar by Jones.
There was a break in play around the 27th minute mark when United's Crawford needed treatment and a substitution had to be made.
Tamowrth continued to press after the change, and Kettle hit a half volley left footed onto the roof of the United net on 31.
A foul on Burns on the right of the D then set up Davies with the dead ball but he lifted it over the target and didn;t trouble Allinson.
A United freekick broke down on 33 and Tamworth pushed up the left wing ending iwth a foul on Asante which Davies drilled into Jones and it was put behind for a corner, which resulted in the same two players involved and Jones headed it wide.
A foul on Angus on 37 resulted in a bit of a melee / handbags on the halfway line and bookings for Fagbola and Hughes.
Stevens launched the freekick forwards and Jones knocked it down for Asante to strike for goal but he was unable to get it anywhere near.
A speculative effort from Hughes on 42 also failed to test the keeper as neither side could claim to be leading in the shots on target stakes.
As added time came into view Burns' ball to Angus looked good but it wouldn't drop for the striker and the chance went. and when Verma appeared to be pulled down in the box when he ran onto a Davies freekick no penalty was given much to the dismay of the Lambs midfielder.

HT: Tamworth 0    0 FC United of Manchester

United retsrated the game and The Lambs tried ot get an early advantage but the visitors defended strongly but a wayward header from Fagbola gave Davies a right sided flagkick on 50 which was somehow hooked out from inside the six yard box.
Taylor was booked on 52 for a tackle on the clubhosue side of the ground.
Angus made a strong run into the box on 54 but eventually ran out of steam and space to get a shot away and Davies had his name taken on 55 for a shirt pull.
Knights replaced Davies on 57 and a minute later United captain Kay saw his name taken as the 281 travelling fans created some noise.
A challenge by Hughes on Sharpe may have resulted in a booking and hence a red card for the United player, but nothing was given.
An a similar tackle but this time from Lane earned the Lambs player a booking on 61
Knights ball into the area on 63 fell at the far post and it looked like Kettle has been pushed in the process but nothing was given.
At the other end Taylor pulled down Garner in the box and the referee pointed to the spot, but with The Lambs fans fearing the worst the ref spotted the linesman's flag was raised and so ruled out everything as quickly as it had been given.
Knights loaded a left sided corner on 72 but it was caught by Allinson and Asante made way for Powell two minutes later.
With ten to play there was still no sign of a breakthrough from Tamworth, despite all the midfield intent they were still found wanting in the final third.
On 83 Hughes made a deliberate handball and so picked up his second yellow of the game and so left United with ten men for the final seven minutes.
But United took the lead on 85 when Lindfield struck from distance and it skipped off the surface in front of Stevens, and with the whole crowd expecting him to take it in his arms it popped out of his grasp and went past him into the empty net (0-1, 85 mins)
And on 94 it was all over after McCarthy made headway into teh box from the right wing and Garner finished the chance with a simple finish from six yards out (0-2, 94 mins)

Tamworth Team:
Stevens, Burns, Sharpe, Kettle (Shaw 95), Jones (c.), Lane, Davies (Knights 57), Verma, Asante (Powell 74) , Angus, Taylor
Subs: Upton, Donohue


YC: Taylor 52, Davies 55, Lane 61

FC United of Manchester Team:

Allinson, Senior, Higham, Kay (c.) (Tattum 71), Hughes, Fagbola, Crawford (Glynn 27), Irwin, Greaves (McCarthy 88), Garner, Lindfield
Subs: Basso (GK), Simoes

YC: Fagbola 38, Hughes 38 + 83, Kay 58

RC: Hughes 83 

Attendance: 962

Man of the Match: CR MOT Centre chose Luke Jones

Referee: Mr. A. Tankard

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