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Lambs defeat Borough in the Cup

FT: Tamworth 3    1 Nuneaton Borough

07 September 2019

For the first time since 1975 Tamworth faced rivals Nuneaton in the FA Cup and with local pride, a place in the 2nd Qualifying Round and the all-important £ 6,000 prize money on offer to the winners The Lambs welcomed Jimmy Ginnelly’s Borough onto the 3G surface.
Tamworth made 3 changes to the side that had run out 3-0 winners at Hitchin, while Nuneaton, 4-1 winners over Lowestoft the previous weekend, featured ex-Lambs Sharpe, Powell, Verma plus Clifton who nearly signed in pre-season, in the starting eleven with Kettle on the bench and Lambs Legend Dale Belford in the Borough dugout.

Nuneaton got the game underway attacking the Castle End in the first half but it was Frances who forced a foul for a freekick on the edge of the box on 3 and Beswick forced a save from Sargeant with the deadball.
Powell’s left wing cross on 7 found the head of Benbow but he was unable to get any direction on it while at the other end Fry struck from distance and failed to test the keeper too.
The visitors forced a couple of corners with caused problems around the 10 minute mark and Clifton rose to head the final ball over the mark.
On 17, Kaziboni and Waite combined to force Borough to put the ball behind for a right sided corner and it bounced in the box but Waite was unable to direct it back towards goal.
On 21, a ball through to Obeng in the box saw The Lambs man brought down by Towers and Beswick sent the spot kick past Sargaent in front of the travelling supporters (1-0, 22 mins)
And two minutes later Obeng piced up the ball in the right of the box and fired low past Sargeant into the far corner to double the advantage (2-0, 24 mins)
Benbow and Magunda clashed by the entrance to the dugouts on 31 resulting in a booking for the Lambs player and also a freekick to Tamworth.
Benbow hit a low tame shot from distance at Singh on 35 and Frances blocked a cross from Edmunds on 37 as The Lambs worked to preserve their advantage at the break.
Waite got into the box and shot straight at Sargeant on 38 and then Kaziboni hit one from 30 yards in the next move but didn’t manage to test the keeper.
Sharpe upended Kaziboni as he advanced over the halfway line on 40 but he escaped a booking.
Gough then picked his spot with a left footed shot towards the far post and Sargeant pushed it around the post with a good save to deny him.
In added time at the end of the first half a ling throw was punched over the bar by Singh and Tower headed over the target from the resultant corner in the final action of the first half.

HT: Tamworth 2    0 Nuneaton Borough

Tamworth restarted proceedings and Obeng nearly made it 3-0 with a floating effort from the left which just went over the bar. Julien picked up a card for tripping Kaziboni as he advanced over towards the halfway line on 50.
And Tamworth extended the lead even further on 53 when Yafai picked up the ball 35 yards out, advanced onto his preferred foot and sent his low shot in off the right hand upright (3-0, 53 mins)
Kaziboni made light work of his marker on 58 and curled a shot past the left hand upright and then he scuffed a shot which fell invitingly for Obeng but the angle was tight and he struck the bar with his rising shot.
Nuneaton pulled one back on 65 when Powell was allowed time and space to go along the left touch line and pull the ball back into the six yard box for Clifton to finish from close range (3-1, 65 mins)
Powell was involved again on 72 and had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside in the build up.
Two Lambs goalscorers were replaced for fresh attacking legs on 75 with Forde coming on for his debut and a high boot on Hoenes set up Beswick with a dead ball on 81 but his strike was off target.
Kaziboni set up Waite with a strike from 20 yards on 90 but the shot curled over the corner of bar and post and six minutes added time was shown.
Kettle found himself with a snap shot opportunity on 93, but put his effort wide of the far post from the right of the box.
A 95th minute foul by Magunda on Beavon set up Kelly-Evans with a freekick 25 yards out and Forde did enough to clear the danger once the ball had been struck and the final whistle blew on the Lambs first FA Cup victory since the 2014-15 season.

Tamworth Team:

Singh, Frances (Cox 69), Gough, Beswick, Magunda, Rowe-Turner, Kaziboni, Fry, Waite, Yafai (Forde 75), Obeng (Hoenes 75)
Subs: Walton, Wilder, Clement, Duncan

YC: Magunda 31

Nuneaton Borough Team:

Sargeant, Clifton, Sharpe, Towers, Loew, Julien, Powell, Verma, Benbow (Harkin 88), Kelly-Evans, Edmunds (Beavon HT)
Subs: Bull, Rankin, Kettle, Addison, Camwell

YC: Sharpe 40, Julien 50

Attendance: 1047

Man of the Match: Footsteps Treatment Clinic chose Kaziboni

Referee: Mr. J. Marskey

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