Wright hat-trick sinks Hucknall
16 February 2008
Tamworth welcomed Hucknall Town to the Lamb for the first time ever, looking to continue in the same vein as Tuesday night with boss Gary Mills able to select from a virtual full squad of fit players but making no changes to the sixteen that beat Vauxhall Motors, as they went looking for three more points to help them move up the table.
First shot of the game came inside two minutes, but it was miles over the fencing behind the Meadow Street end and Colin Marrison would be looking to improve on it next time around.
Hucknall won a corner in the third minute but it came to nothing as Gareth Sheldon shepherded the ball out but in the seventh minute the Lamb erupted after Nick Wright burst down the left wing and cut into the area before smashing the ball into the roof of the net past Greg Smith to give Tamworth the lead (1-0).
Martin Foster received a stiff talking to following a tackle on Daniel Forest on 10 which gave the visitors a free kick but the dead ball was wasted and The Lambs eventually cleared despite the persistence of the Hucknall side in sending the ball forward at every opportunity.
Tamworth broke on 13 through Marrison and although Wright’s cross from the right was too long a corner was forthcoming and close range bullet header from Dave Bampton from the flag kick whistled inches over the bar.
Good interplay between Sheldon, Martin Foster, Marrison and Bampton forced a low stop from Smith at his near post while a crunching tackle on Bampton as he cut the ball back left him needing treatment.
Bampton took a knock again on 24 in a ‘Hucknall sandwich’ as all three went for the same ball and he won a freekick for his efforts. While the free kick came to nothing, Jonti Richter supplied a low cross a minute or so later and Bampton got his head on the end of it but the ball went high and wide of the mark from 6 yards.
Hucknall won a corner by means of a deflected shot but while they were waiting to take the flag kick Bampton needed further treatment and not wishing to risk the midfielder any further Mills brought Chris Nurse came into the fray on 28.
Richter tried a shot at goal into a crowded area on 34 but his effort was cleared and Tamworth continued to press and on 38 Sheldoin’s freekick almost found the back of the net via Wright’s head but Smith to denied with a save at the far post.
However, there was not long to wait for The Lambs second goal of the afternoon as Wright fired home a low driven effort from fully 30 yards inside the left hand upright to make it 2-0 on 39.
Hucknall won a pair of corners in added time at the end of the first half the second of which brought Alex Cisak into action but it was a rare attack by the visiting side and a regulation save from the Lambs keeper who had hardly anything to do in the first 45 minutes.
A good run by Forrest allowed Jordan Hall an early shooting chance, but his shot cleared the bar by a good yard early on in the second period and Forrest set up Danny Bacon to cross to the far post for Daniel MacPherson shortly after but his header was way off target on 47.
Hucknall continued to have the majority of the play but failed to make it count. Hall cleared the bar again with a shot from the edge of the area on 52 but Tamworth did manage a counter on 53 but Lyttle couldn’t get control of Marrisons flick on and the ball ran out of play for a goal kick.
Tamworth won a corner on 62 but Marrison headed Lyttle’s right wing cross over the bar after his initial shot from McAughtrie’s header was deflected behind.
Bobby Wilson could have pulled a goal back with a snap shot 6 yards out on 64 from MacPherson’s cross fron the left but missed the left hand upright by a few feet and despite moving the ball around Hucknall found their skill in the final third severely lacking.
Wright struck a right footed effort at Smith on 69 from Nurse’s break from midfield and won a corner as Smith pushed it out but the flag kick was wasted.
Both Lyttle and Wilson needed treatment after a crunching tackle by the half way line on 71 which saw the Lambs defender go into the book for his efforts.
It was 3-0 on 72 when, after a surging run from Wright, Lyttle crossed for Nurse to rise highest and head home past Smith.
Then almost immediately from kick off Tamworth won a corner and Marrison’s saved shot was turned home at the far post by Wright for his second hattrick in two games to make it 4-0.
Hero Wright was substituted shortly after and his replacement Jamie Reed almost netted on 78 but Smith tipped his effort over the bar and McAughtrie put the ball in the net on 79 but was offside.
Lytlle tried his luck but missed the far post on 85 with a right footed strike from the edge of the area and with the game won, Tamworth saw out the remaining minutes with no troubles.
Cisak, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, McAughtrie, Bampton (Nurse 28), Richter (Sheridan 74), Foster, Marrison, Wright (Reed 76), Sheldon
Subs: Williams, Smith A., Nurse
Smith G., Cullingworth (Asher 80), MacPherson, Cooke, Sucharewycz, Wilson, Forrest, Robinson (Galloway 21), Saunders, Bacon, Hall (Knox 68)
Subs: Graves, Thorpe
Yellow Cards: Lyttle 71
Referee: Mr. T. Horton (Wolverhampton)
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