Lambs eat Quakers oats
05 November 2016
After an away win followed by a home win against well backed Salford, and then league leaders Fylde, The Lambs welcomed second placed Darlington to The GST Gas Services Stadium.
Lambs keeper James Belshaw had flown back from the US overnight, catching up on his 40 winks over the ocean, as Andy Morrell made no changes to the side that were looking to go three unbeaten.
Tamworth kicked the game off but with 80 seconds gone a high ball from the left saw Belshaw punch clear at his far post, but Lane brought down Beck in a similar position and the referee awarded a penalty which Galbraith slotted home inside the left hand upright (0-1, 2 mins)
On 12, a threaded ball from Thompson found Cartman but Belshaw slid into the path of the ball and took the chance away off his toes.
Play stopped around the 15 minute mark to allow Newton to receive treatment to a cut on his head and there was a round of applause from the home faithful shortly after when a decision went the Lambs way.
Mills was brought down by Marrs by the tunnel on 20 and fired the deadball into the box himself, but it was headed away for a throw on the far side which eventually made it’s ay back to keeper Jameson.
Mills forced a corner on the left with a deflected low shot and his flag kick was punched clear by Jameson. Around the half hour mark the officials decided to enforce the rules a little more strongly, picking up encroachment in throws and diving in the box, both at the visiting team’s expense.
A Lambs through ball was handled by Brown 35 yards from goal and earned the Quaker a booking, with Deeney setting up the resulting freekick but it went straight to Jameson.
Burns’ cross from the right for Newton on 42 was met by the head of Newton but it was never going to be powerful enough to test Jameson, and it went wide of the far post anyway.
Two minutes added time were shown at the end of the first half and when Dyer nipped in behind the last man his shot was only just prevented from crossing the line by the block of keeper Jameson and at the other end the ball pinpalled around in front of Belshaw after he came and dropped a catch under pressure but the referee’s whistle halted play and the first half.
Darlo got things underway after a slightly longer than normal break and on 48 Clarke forced a corner on the right.
Mills floated it into the box and Newton calmly headed it back across the box and inside the near post for his 9th of the season (1-1, 49 mins)
Mills sent a dead ball from the left wing into the box on 51 but it was nodded away but the pressure was sustained by the hungry Lambs.
A high ball was controlled well by Morley and tapped through to Newton 12 yards out on 57 and the striker calmly took control, turned his man and struck past Jameson into the far left corner to send the Lambs faithful wild (2-1, 57 mins)
Taylor had to be treated on the pitch on 65 but was unable to continue and Davies came into the game.
Mills cheekily backheeled to Davies who in turn set up Newton but his shot was pushed away and rolled out to Dyer who then shot on target but it too was blocked and then pushed around the post by Jameson.
A strike from Cartman was deflected over the crossbar by Burns on 77 and from the corner Tamworth brpoke with Davies releasing Mills down the left. He put the ball back into the box from the left wing into the toes of Davies but he couldn’t shoot before the ball was pushed away.
It fell kindly for Dyer who struck the right hand post with a right footed shot from the right of the area. Mills was denied a goal on 85 when Clarke pushed the ball into his stride from the edge of the area and the shot from the left of the box was blocked by Jameson.
Darlington pushed on and on 88 they forced Tamworth to defend strongly as Belshaw came out put dropped the ball under pressure and Lane cleared the shot off the line and away from danger.
Four minutes added time were shown at the end of the game.
Tomassen replaced Mills on 90 and ran through in the first move to prod the ball just wide of the mark and he was booked for a foul on 94 Belshaw clawed the ball behind for a corner from Syers last ditch effort in the dying seconds and it was headed high over the target in the final play of a thrilling game that ended with a rousing round of applause from all corners of the ground.
Belshaw (c.), Burns, Morley, Deeney, Jones, Lane, Mills (Tomassen 90), Clarke, Newton, Dyer, Taylor (Davies 66)
Subs: Opoku, Pace, Briscoe
YC: Tomassen 84
Darlington 1883 Team:
Jameson, Marrs, Galbraith, Turnbull (Syers 59), Burgess (c.), Brown, Thompson (Hardy 74), Falkingham, Beck, Cartman (Davie 79), Gillies
Subs: Bell, Watson
YC: Brown 37, Syers 74
Man of the Match: Brian Whitehouse chose Danny Newton
Referee: Mr. P. Gibbons