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Lambs hold out for win

FT: Tamworth 2    1 Fleetwood Town

28 March 2009

After two back to back away wins, Gary Mills’ side welcomed Fleetwood to The Lamb who despite winning just three times on their travels away from home, had netted 30 goals away from Highbury, second only to The Lambs record away from home and were currently enjoying a run of five games unbeaten.

Mills brought Mark Dudley into the starting eleven after joining in midweek, while the other two signings – Gary Ricketts and Richard Tait took spots on the bench.
Fleetwood kicked off proceedings with Tamworth attacking the Castle End of the pitch and an early chance came when Sheridan headed Blackwood’s left wing cross into the arms of Hale.
Immediately at the other end Warlow controlled the ball on the edge of the area and shot across the face of goal with debutant Smith tracking back.
Wright forged through on 3 but had the ball nipped off his toes and when it fell to Blackwood to shoot he was already in an offside position so it wouldn’t have counted had he hit the back of the net.
FDes Lyttleleetwood won a corner on 5 on the right which Alcock gathered cleanly.
Then Blackwood ran through to receive the ball on the edge of the area before calmly slotting the ball past the despairing dive of Hale to give Tamworth the lead (1-0, 6 mins)
Sheridan won a corner on the left on 9 which Blackwood took short before floating a perfect ball into the box for Sheldon to head home with force (2-0, 9 mins)
A foul on Pritchard by Connors on the half way somehow escaped a card but a pull back on Wright did win a freekick in a dangerous position on the right on 18. Sheldon won a throw on the other side for his efforts and a bouncing ball into the area almost folled Hale, but he collected.
Sheldon forced Hale to tip the ball over the bar with a right footed curler on 22 and Clancy’s low drive at the other end won a corner when Alcock pushed it out to safety.
Hail stones rained down to open on 25 as Warlow picked up a booking on the half way line for another risky challenge.
There then followed a period where neither side managed to take any sort of control, possibly affected by the now wet pitch, any more than a couple of passes in a row were a rarity.
And on 35 Sheldon picked up his second booking in two games for a foul inside the Fleetwood half. 30 seconds later Connors was booked for a push on Lyttle on the edge of the area.
Warlow flashed a shot across the six yard box on 41 as play continued to be somewhat erratic.
Two minutes added time was shown at the end of the half and with it a Fleetwood corner which Wilde (for Fleetwood) headed back out of the danger area before going down with a head injury as the half time whistle blew.

HT: Tamworth 2    0 Fleetwood Town

Tamworth kicked off the second period, and Jake Sheridan hit a weak shot at Hale in the Lambs first attack of the half.
But play then descended into a frustrating affair, with The Lambs on top put unable to make possession count until the 55th minute when Wright hit a low ball into the six yard box which Hale fumbled, but Pritchard was unable to get hold it before the keeper recovered.
Sheldon and Sheridan combined to get another ball close to goal on 56 but it was cleared by the Town defence after a cheeky back heal just failed to reach the intended target.
From a Blackwood corner on 61 Pritchard saw his shot cleared off the line by Beeley and Wylde received the ball back after it had gone wide but put his effort over the bar from 8 yards out.
Fleetwood then won a freekick inside the Lambs half which was headed goalward but didn’t trouble Alcock .
The visitors won a freekick on the edge of the area after the ball had been seen go out of play by two more players and Alcock pushed Milligan’s freekick around the post for a corner which Connors hit home from close range. (2-1, 68 mins)
Wilde hit a right footed half volley at goal and Alcock pushed it over the bar for another corner which Wright cleared and on 71 Mercer headed high over the bar as Fleetwood pushed forward.
Ricketts made his debut on 73 replacing Wright and a freekick following a foul on Sheridan came The Lambs way shortly after but nothing came of it
A sustained period of pressure from Fleetwood ultimately yielded nothing with 12 to go, but it made Tamworth wary of their opponents and forced them to work harder.
Rouse saw yellow for an unnecessary challenge on Sheridan on 83 and another foul by Connors, this time on Shaw saw him see a second yellow and hence red card and leave his side a man short for the last 6 minhues.
With a minute to go the referee banished one of the Town bench from the dugouts as his side continued to push forward in a bid to get something from the game.
Three minutes added time was shown and Fleetwood won another corner on the right which was cleared but only as far as Hale who was positioned on the half way line!
Alcock saved a last gasp shot from Warlow with his feet and conceded a corner which was cleared by a box crowded with Lambs and respite only came when Wilde strayed offside shortly before the whistle blew on victory.

Tamworth Team:
Alcock, Lyttle, Dudley, Smith, Wylde, Foster, Wright (Ricketts 73), Sheridan, Sheldon, Blackwood (Shaw 80), Pritchard
Subs: Birley, Tait, Nicholson

Fleetwood Town Team:
HMOM - Michael Wyldeale, Beeley, Elderton, Mercer, Taylor, Connors, Anane (Pond 59), Milligan, Wilde, Warlow, Clancy (Rouse 56)
Subs: Beattie, Hills, Leadbetter

Match Sponsors: Cogsdill Engineering
Associate Sponsors: Pickering Solicitors, Xpress Solicitors

Match Sponsors: Cogsdill Engineering
Associate Sponsors: Pickering Solicitors, Xpress Solicitors

Attendance: 784

Man of the Match: Michael Wylde

Referee: Mr. M Ackerman (Manchester)

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