Lambs fall to Wright-stuff
26 December 2016
On the back of eight games unbeaten Tamworth welcomed A5 neighbours and rivals Nuneaton Town (affectionately still known as Boro to most) to The GST Gas Services Stadium and fans packed into The Lamb to cheer on Andy Morrell’s side.
Morrell made one change to the side that took a point at Chorley with Danny Newton suspended, so Greg Mils made his first start since Nov 22 while Connor Taylor and Paul Green remained on the injury list.
For Nuneaton, former Lambs striker now Boro boss Tommy Wright selected two ex Lambs in his starting eleven – Kelvin Langmead as captain and Reece Styche up front.
Tamworth got the game underway, attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half. The first attempt of the game came on 6 from Davies who struck from 20 yards straight in the arms of visiting keeper Dibble.
Nuneaton forced a corner on the right on 9 but a foul on Belshaw halted play. Nicholson made Belshaw drop to smother his low driven effort on 12 and when the same player struck from the left of the area on 15, Belshaw parried it off the woodwork only for it to be headed home from a yard out by Ironside who managed to evade the offside flag to give the visitors the lead. (0-1, 15 mins)
Clifton lifted the ball into the box and Ironside headed it goalward on 18, but NBelshaw was able to tip it over for a corner.
From the flag kick Geohaghon headed it against the Lambs defence for another flagkick.
Dyer pushed up the field a little and it gave The Lambs more depth up front allowing Mills to create space and he fed Fox but the shot was easy for Dibble.
Mills made a nuisance of himself in the next move but the ball made it’s way back to Belshaw and the keeper was forced to clear the ball quickly.
It fell to Ironside who in turn threaded it through to Nicholson and Nuneaton doubled their lead thanks to his 23rd minute low strike from 18 yards. (0-2, 23 mins)
But two minutes later Dyer pulled one back with a rifled effort from the right of the box (1-2, 25 mins)
From the restart, The Lambs won the ball back and fed it through to Briscoe who spotted Dibble coming off his line and lifted what seemed to be a goal bound effort over the keeper, but it dropped a few inches wide of the right hand post.
On 37 Langmead deflected a ball in from the left by Mills onto his own bar and out for a corner but Boro cleared their lines.
Mills then made another run into the left of the area and tangled with the covering defender, falling into the area behind the goal and required treatment before returning to the action.
Three minutes added time were shown at the end of the first half and Fox set up Dyer with a curling ball over the last man but the strikers touch sent it past Dibble and also the far post.
Nuneaton restarted proceedings and forced an early corner which Langmead headed goalward and Belshaw tipped it over for a corner.
Styche forced another flag kick with a cleverly deflected shot on 55 but it came to nothing for the visitors and Belshaw eventually got the ball back in play with a goal kick after Tempest had received treatment on the field and couldn’t continue, forcing the first change of the game.
Clarke was booked for a late tackle on Styche on 58 and a double substitution on the hour brought Morrell and Deeney into the fray.
A push in the back of Dyer on 63 set up Mills with the deadball on the left wing but it went back to Dibble without any intervention.
At the other end on 67, Styche forced Belshaw into a good save low to the keeper’s left.
Then, Mills made himself some space to get the ball across from the left and Morrell connected with it, but couldn’t get it under the bar.
Styche then forced Belshaw to make a one handed save at the far post and Lane was booked for a late tackle on the half way line on 72.
Morrell was booked on 75 and on 7 Belshaw denied Morgan low drive with an equally low save to his left.
A poor backpass handed The Lambs a corner on 79 but no one could force it home with Jones catching a visiting defender with his boot as he shaped to shoot. Opoku came onto the field for Briscoe with 8 to play and Dyer went into the book for a late high boot against Penny on 85 meanwhile the visitors sense of urgency seemed to be somewhat lacking.
On 87 a slowly taken Boro corner fell to Ironside and he forced Belshaw into a low stop.
Styche was booked on 90 and five minutes added time was shown as the Nuneaton forced a corner on the right but Mills was booked for an apparent infringement and from the freekick forced another flagkick.
In the end The Lambs were unable to forge anything and the final whistle blew with the ‘rematch’ in a few days time.
Belshaw, Burns, Tomassen, Fox (Deeney 61), Jones, Lane, Briscoe (Opoku 82), Clarke, Mills, Dyer, Davies (Morrell 60)
Subs: Ezewele, Morley
YC: Clarke 58, Lane 72, Morrell 75, Dyer 85, Mills 90+2
Nuneaton Town Team:
Dibble, Penny, Tempest (Leahy 56), Morgan, Langmead (c.), Geohaghon, Clifton, Scott (Daniels 84), Ironside, Styche, Nicholson
Subs: Wheatley, Williams, Taylor
YC: Clifton 82, Styche 90
Man of the Match: Guinan Girls chose Greg Mills
Referee: Mr. J. Hull