Lambs comeback twice to make it 6 unbeaten
22 November 2016
On the back of five wins on the bounce, the now 4th placed Lambs welcomed Stockport to the GST Gas Services Stadium in the knowledge that another win would put the third in the table behind AFC Fylde and Chorley and ahead of Darlington.
Andy Morrell made 2 changes to the side that faced Stalybridge with Ellis Deeney and Jed Davies coming into the starting eleven as Louis Briscoe and Connor Taylor took seats on the bench.
For the Hatters, former Lamb Danny Lloyd featured. Stockport got the game underway on the artificial pitch that had seen a few days of heavy rain, but showed no signs of flooding, although was a little slippy in the early exchanges.
Both sides soon found their feet though and Tamworth forced a couple of corners around the fifth minute which came to nothing, and the visitors then forced one of their own which Lloyd took in front of the clubhouse.
Mills, Dyer, Davies, Newton and Clarke all tried their luck from various angles and distances but failed to really trouble Hinchliffe, and then a Lloyd strike at the other end took a deflection that Belshaw was happy to see go just wide.
Davies did well to get the ball across from the right onto the head of Newton but it skimmed across the pitch to the left so Mills put it back in for Dyer to head at goal, but Hinchcliffe was well positioned and smothered the chance.
Davies picked up a booking for kicking the ball away on 26.
Newton tried a deft back header from a Mills chip in to the area on 28 but it was taken by the keeper at his far post as The Lambs continued to make more of the play in a fractious encounter.
On 33 there Lloyd made light work of the Lambs back line, sprinting through down the left channel and firing home past Belshaw into the far corner to make it 1-0 to the visitors. (0-1, 33 mins)
Ball tried a cheeky freekick from 25 yards which Belshaw took on the floor and then County’s Clarke headed over the bar from a Stockport corner as the visitors enjoyed a spell.
Newton struck for goal but didn’t manage to test Hinchcliffe with his powerful strike on 37 but The Lambs only had to wait seven minutes for the equaliser when Deeney played a low ball from the half way line to Mills who in turn rolled it through the back line to Davies who took a touch and slotted it home. (1-1, 44 mins)
Two minutes added time were shown at the end of the half which ended without further incident.
The Lambs restarted the game and it took a while to get going with Newton g0ing close with a back header on 52 that was easy for Hinchcliffe to take.
Montrose was booked for a challenge on Davies in front of the shed on 58 and Newton didn’t quite to get through the Hatters defence shortly after.
Lloyd then tried his luck from long range but it curled wide of the right hand upright.
Belshaw did well twice to punch the ball away from danger before Stockport’s Cartwright hoofed the ball out of play.
The Lambs made a change on 66, Tomassen replacing Morley and on 69 a freekick was awarded to the left of the Tamworth D.
Belshaw did very well to push the freekick from Danny Lloyd over the cross bar and the Lambs defence strongly defended the corner to keep it all square on 69.
There was more defending to do as Stockport pushed forward forcing Tamworth to defend in any which way to deny a clean strike on target.
Davies was replaced by Briscoe and received a rousing round of applause on 74 before a blatant shirt pull against Newton in the box Stockport went unpunished.
Lloyd was set up with a free header from a right sided cross on 79 but put his effort way off target.
Taylor then replaced Dyer.
Stockport made a double change on 82 / 83 and sub Amis netted from close range with his first touch from the freekick that had allowed them the opportunity to make the swap.
The ball pinged around the area and was headed back into the box, not cleared and Amis pounced from a few yards out (1-2, 83 mins)
Stockport’s Ball tried to advance over the half way line with the ball but Burns was in the way and when Burns went down to clear the danger the County player caught him in the face with his boot.
It earned him a booking although the Shed were strongly suggesting it should have been a red card. The Lambs were back in the game shortly after though when Tomassen headed home powerfully at the far post after a deep ball from the right, past Hinchcliffe, to make it all square (2-2, 88 mins)
The amount of added time was not indicated, so play continued until the final whistle blew on another unbeaten display.
Belshaw (c.), Burns, Morley (Tomassen 66), Deeney, Jones, Lane, Mills, Clarke, Newton, Dyer (Taylor 80), Davies (Briscoe 74)
Subs: Smith, Opoku
YC: Davies 26
Stockport County Team:
Hinchcliffe, Ross (c.) (Minihan 90), Cartwright, Montrose, Clarke, Smalley, Felix (Marsden 83), Stopforth, Odejayi (Amis 82), Ball, Lloyd
Subs: Ormson, Meppen-Walters
YC: Montrose 58, Ball 88
Man of the Match: Footsteps Nursery chose: Belshaw
Referee: Mr. A. Tankard