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Tammies beat the Ammies

FT: Tamworth 2    0 Salford City

04 March 2017

Tamworth returned to The GST Gas Services Stadium at The Lamb after the 3-1 away defeat by table topping AFC Fylde to face the high flying Ammies, in second place and nine points ahead of the Lambs in 8th before kick off.

Andy Morrell was forced to make one change to the starting eleven due to illness to Steph Morley, allowing Jed Davies to make his first start since the 6-2 home defeat by Halifax.

Tamworth got the game underway, attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half.
Haughton tried an early shot from distance straight at Belshaw on 2 and at the other end Davies threaded the ball through diagonally for Dyer but the striker was not able to get to it.
A high late challenge by Priestley on 9 on Dyer in the middle of the pitch had the home fans calling for a red card, but he was only shown a yellow.
A helpful headed flick on by Dyer on 14 found Newton just offside with the goal at his mercy, and Belshaw saved a low shot at the near post from George Green as Salford countered quickly.
Tamworth responded quickly too, and the ball found its way to Fox on the right of the box but his shot was of target. Burns forced a corner with a cross that deflected behind on 18 and Davies floated it into the box but it was cleared and The Lambs kept up the pressure, resulting with another chance for Fox on 21 but his shot from the edge of the area curled over the target.
Barnes upended Newton on 22 and Davies struck the freekick from 30 yards out causing a game of pinball in the box when City keeper Lynch was unable to smother ball.
Jones was penalised for a clatter with Haughton 25 yards from goal in the left channel on the half hour and it allowed George Green to strike the dead ball just wide of the left hand post.
George Green then picked up a booking for a late challenge on Dyer on the half way line and Paul Green’s freekick swirled high into the box but was cleared.
With a slight drizzle in the air turning into driving rain Tamworth advanced on goal and the ball popped up to Taylor in the right of the box who drive it home right footed into the roof of the net from 12 yards out. (1-0, 40 mins)
And four minutes later Davies floated a right sided corner onto the head of Newton at the far post and he made it 2-0 (44 mins)

HT: Tamworth 2    0 Salford City

Salford got the game back underway with the sun now shining down on The Lamb and the floodlights on and the visitors put some early pressure on the Tamworth back line in the early exchanges.
When The Lambs made their first push up field Davies crossed from the left and Newton nearly converted at the near post but he knocked it just wide of the mark.
Davies and Nottingham both picked up a booking for handbags between the shortest and tallest players on the pitch as Salford made a double change.
Newton was booked on 62 for a tussle with Nottingham in the corner by the clubhouse and Salford made their third change.
Prior to a left sided freekick coming in from Salford, Barnes was booked for an elbow on Lane in the defensive gathering on the edge of the box and Belshaw took the ball at his far post when it was whipped in.
Newton was denied by a well timed tackle on the edge of the area on 68 and Green conceded a freekick on the Salford right which came out to Barnes but his shot from 20 yards curled harmlessly wide. Phenix became the fifth Salford player in the book on 73 as Briscoe replaced Davies.
Belshaw was then called into action to protect his goal with a catch at height at the far post on 77 and the visitors continued to look for a way back into the game as the minutes ticked down.
Newton’s paced forced a corner on the right on 88 but it went long and Green was forced to play it long to Briscoe who put it into the back of the net but the strike was ruled out by the offside flag.
A Salford freekick on 90 was cleared quickly and Briscoe and Newton both broke two on one against Lynch but Briscoe looked for Newton and the pass went awry when it could have been a better option to shoot.
Five minutes added time was shown at the end of the second half and a freekick was awarded 25 yards out for Briscoe to fire straight into the arms of Lynch and the final whistle blew on three points to The Lambs.

Tamworth Team:

Belshaw, Burns, Green, Fox, Jones, Lane, Davies (Briscoe 73), Clarke, Newton, Dyer, Taylor
Subs: Davis, Jezeph, Opoku, Morrell

YC: Davies 53, Newton 62

Salford City Team:

Lynch, Nottingham, Brough, Burton, Grand (c.), Preistley, Haughton (Norris 53), Barnes, Phenix, Green (Hulme 53), Allen (Hine 62)
Subs: Walker, King

YC: Priestley 9, Green 34, Nottingham 53, Barnes 67

Attendance: 1301

Man of the Match: Footsteps Treatment Clinic chose Luke Jones

Referee: Mr. D. Middleton

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