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Three points and a clean sheet as Lambs bundle past Pilgrims

FT: Tamworth 1    0 Boston United

28 January 2017A fortnight after the 6-2 drubbing by Halifax, Tamworth regrouped and welcomed bogey side Boston United to The GST Gas Services Stadium at The Lamb for the 20th meeting between the two clubs.
The visitors definitely had the upperhand in previous encounters, having won 10 and drawn six of the 19 games.
Andy Morrell welcomed Paul Green back into the starting eleven for his first run out since his ankle injury against Gainsborough on 08 October, and striker Reece Styche joined the club for the third time having been at Gateshead and played against The Lambs over the Christmas and New Year games while on loan at Nuneaton.
For the visitors, former Lamb Shane Clarke took the captains armband for the Pilgrims who had run out 3-0 at York Street earlier in the season.
Boston got the game underway, attacking the Castle End in the first half.
The first half chance came on three minutes when Styche crossed from the right and keeper Durrent picked it off the head of Dyer who went up with the keeper at the near post.
At the other end on 9 Chippendale sent the ball into the box from the right channel and Batchelor flicked his header goalward, but it was wide of the mark and didn’t trouble Belshaw.
Green was booked for a foul as Boston moved the ball over the halfway line on 9 and from the freekick Brodie felt he had been pushed to the ground but the referee was having none of his penalty claims.
Tamworth pushed on and Morley struck low for goal forcing Durrant to push it around the post for a corner which came to nothing, but a minute or so later Styche fed the ball through to Dyer and he struck a low angled shot on target and Clarke was unable to follow up the parry from the keeper.
The sun shone down as the rain poured and Styche flicked the ball home on 16 but it was ruled out for a foul by the same player in the build up.
At the other end, Fox’s anticipation nipped the ball off the head of Brodie as he looked for the header on goal.
Play switched again and Styche made a nuisance of himself and whipped in a couple of dangerous crosses while Simmons tried his luck against Belshaw with a long range effort that skipped wide of the mark.
Tamworth kept up their pressure and on 30 Briscoe tried his luck from the halfway line but his audacious effort went wide of the left hand post with Durrant happy to let it do so without his intervention.
A deep freekick was headed away from Green for a corner which didn’t cause a threat, and then on 39 Chippendale should have done better for the Pilgrims with his low rolled shot from the edge of the area which went out past the far post.
Then on 45 Morley found himself in an acre of space on the left wing and floated the ball towards the far post looking for Dyer and it bounced between him and the covering defender and he bundled it home for the opening goal of the game (1-0, 45 mins)
Briscoe’s shot deflected over the bar in added time but the resulting corner was too long for Green to get his head to, and the whistle blew.

HT: Tamworth 1    0 Boston United

Tamworth restarted proceedings as a mix of rain and sun blew over the ground and the visitors made a change in personnel.
A push in the area saw the referee award a penalty to Boston on 54 but Brodie was denied by Belshaw who dived low to his right and pushed it away from danger and Boston struck it back into area only to see it was cleared away with relative ease.
Davis replaced Fox before play resumed and with it a chance came for the visitors, but Brodie’s flicked header towards Chippendale was not met well by the Boston player and it went wide of the mark with Belshaw falling into the goal.
Another chance came on 61 when Rollins fed Marhsall and his diagonal shot went wide with Belshaw at full stretch.
Burns and Batcheslor were both booked for a coming together on the edge of the Lambs box and Deeney and Fitzpatrick also picked up bookings when the handbags continued.
Styche forced Durrant to take his cross come shot over the line for a corner on 69 but it came to nothing.
After three weeks on the sideline with injury, Newton came on for Dyer on 72 and nearly scored with his first touch but the ball skipped past him at the far post.
An elbow from Brodie on Burns left the Lambs defender with a nose bleed but he was OK to continue soon after and Davis took the ball off Brodie as the visitors exerted a little pressure at the start of the final ten minutes.
Boston continued to put pressure on The Lambs and Opoku replaced Styche on 86 to a round of applause following a good show on his return.
Opoku nearly capitalised on a miskick by Durrant on 90 and five minutes added time were shown.
Durrant raced out to head the ball away from danger on 94 as Tamworth looked for a late second before the final whistle blew on the Lambs first clean sheet since October 29.

Tamworth Team:
Belshaw, Burns, Morley , Deeney, Fox (Davis 54), Lane, Briscoe, Clarke, Green (c.), Dyer (Newton 72), Styche (Opoku 87) Subs: Davies, Jezeph
A fortnight after the 6-2 drubbing by Halifax, Tamworth regrouped and welcomed bogey side Boston United to The GST Gas Services Stadium at The Lamb for the 20th meeting between the two clubs. The visitors definitely had the upperhand in previous encounters, having won 10 and drawn six of the 19 games. Andy Morrell welcomed Paul Green back into the starting eleven for his first run out since his ankle injury against Gainsborough on 08 October, and striker Reece Styche joined the club for the third time having been at Gateshead and played against The Lambs over the Christmas and New Year games while on loan at Nuneaton. For the visitors, former Lamb Shane Clarke took the captains armband for the Pilgrims who had run out 3-0 at York Street earlier in the season. Boston got the game underway, attacking the Castle End in the first half. The first half chance came on three minutes when Styche crossed from the right and keeper Durrent picked it off the head of Dyer who went up with the keeper at the near post. At the other end on 9 Chippendale sent the ball into the box from the right channel and Batchelor flicked his header goalward, but it was wide of the mark and didn’t trouble Belshaw. Green was booked for a foul as Boston moved the ball over the halfway line on 9 and from the freekick Brodie felt he had been pushed to the ground but the referee was having none of his penalty claims. Tamworth pushed on and Morley struck low for goal forcing Durrant to push it around the post for a corner which came to nothing, but a minute or so later Styche fed the ball through to Dyer and he struck a low angled shot on target and Clarke was unable to follow up the parry from the keeper. The sun shone down as the rain poured and Styche flicked the ball home on 16 but it was ruled out for a foul by the same player in the build up. At the other end, Fox’s anticipation nipped the ball off the head of Brodie as he looked for the header on goal. Play switched again and Styche made a nuisance of himself and whipped in a couple of dangerous crosses while Simmons tried his luck against Belshaw with a long range effort that skipped wide of the mark. Tamworth kept up their pressure and on 30 Briscoe tried his luck from the halfway line but his audacious effort went wide of the left hand post with Durrant happy to let it do so without his intervention. A deep freekick was headed away from Green for a corner which didn’t cause a threat, and then on 39 Chippendale should have done better for the Pilgrims with his low rolled shot from the edge of the area which went out past the far post. Then on 45 Morley found himself in an acre of space on the left wing and floated the ball towards the far post looking for Dyer and it bounced between him and the covering defender and he bundled it home for the opening goal of the game (1-0, 45 mins) Briscoe’s shot deflected over the bar in added time but the resulting corner was too long for Green to get his head to, and the whistle blew. YC: Green 9, Burns 65, Deeney 66

Boston United Team:
Durrant, Thomas, Gordon, Brown (Robinson HT), Batchelor, Chippendale, Marshall, Fitzpatrick, Brodie, Clarke (c.), Simmons (Rollins 69) Subs: Hawley, Hilliard, Gatter
YC: Batchelor 65, Fitzpatrick 66

Attendance: 805

Man of the Match: Stephan Morley

Referee: Mr. Paul Graham

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