10 out of 10 as Lambs slay Lions
10 January 2015Before The Lambs 21st game under boss Andy Morrell there were a number of awards given out – Morrell for December’s manager of the Month, Paul Green for the Play of the Month and club photographer Dave Brown for the Conference App photo of the month.
But awards aside, a tough test against visitors Guiseley, one place and three points ahead in the league table as fourth placed welcomed third placed.
Tamworth came into the game on the back of nine successive league victories, while The Lions had lost just twice in ten – both times to second placed Barrow. Guiseley got the game underway with Tamworth attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half as the large partisan crowd gave the home side some vociferous support early on.
On 6, Preston nearly got his head to a Daniels freekick while a the other end Sampson’s header back was scuffed by Belshaw and rebounded off the incoming forward to safety.
First real chance of a sight of goal came on 12 when the ball was lifted into the box and Nicky Boshell looped his volley over the bar from 12 yards.
A freekick was awarded for a challenge on Oli Johnson on 15 which the crowd didn’t agree with and Hibbert had to be on hand to head the danger away as the Lions continued to hold the upperhand. When Guiseley’s Holdsworth was unable to continue on 21, Vidal forced a corner before the substitution could be made and after the chance, from the corner with ball in the air, Hibbert pounced from a few yards out to net his fifth goal of the season with a right footed stab home past Drench. (1-0)
Daniels launched an exocet into the box from a right wing freekick on 25 but Adams’ long range strike of the loose ball saw it go over the Meadow Street End.
Then, Daniels sent another ball of similar quality into the box from the left on 28 but Green was unable to get his head to the chance.
The same player was involved again on 30 but his snap shot from 18 yards took a deflection over the bar for a corner on the left but it was dealt with by Guiseley again.
A freekick for a high boot set up Nicky Boshell from 30 yards on 32 and Hibbert had to head the looping freekick behind for a clubhouse sided corner which forced Belshaw into a salmon like grasp of Lawlor’s high bouncing header. Sampson powered the ball away from Oli Johnson and the Lambs defence held firm.
At the other end Hibbert tried an overhead kick from 16 yards out which didn’t really trouble Drench but did look impressive.
Danny Boshell picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on James on 42 and two minutes added time was shown at the end of the half.
The Lambs restarted proceedings and it wasn’t until the 53rd minute that fans were treated to some goalmouth action. First, Daniels made headway down the left wing after robbing the ball on the halfway line and Drench parried his shot across the face of goal past the far post.
Then, at the first end Danny Boshell tried one from long range and Belshaw parried it away from danger before it was cleared. Hibbert found himself with half a chance after the keeper rushed out and the Lambs striker went round him but he ended up to far away and with too many defenders to fully capitalise and the half chance was lost.
Nicky Boshell spotted an opening on the hour and lofted a right footed lob wide of the right hand post from the left channel while Daniels again broke through down the left only to find Drench in his way again.
Guiseley went close with a move down the right into the box that evaded the Lambs defenders and saw Alex Johnson dangerously pull the ball back from the byline but it was too strong for anyone to take a touch and then on 67 Rothery tried to find the top left corner but his shot from the right corner of the area went well wide and high and Belshaw was happy to watch it go out.
As the 70th minute ticked round Sampson headed behind for a Guiseley corner and Ellis rose highest to head towards goal but couldn’t keep it down.
A left sided cross brought The Lions a right sided corner on 75 that Belshaw punched clear of the box and it took a strong save from Belshaw to deny Alex Johnson's left sided strike from 6 yards out to keep it at 1-0 on 76 after he latched onto Oli Johnson’s defence splitting pass.
Daniels nearly netted a deserved strike but was unable to get his shot on target after taking the ball wide of the goal with the Guiseley keeper and defenders at sixes and sevens.
A minute or two later Oli Johnson found a gap through the Lambs defence and Belshaw gathered his shot at the second attempt.
Thornton replaced Daniels on 84 and on 89 Green was replaced by Wilkins soon after nearly doubling his sides advantage with a curling shot that went just wide of the left hand upright.
Two minutes added time were shown and with it Nicky Boshell struck for goal but once againfound Belshaw unbeatable. And after 93 minutes 45 seconds the final whistle eventually blew on the tenth league win in a row.
Belshaw, Vidal, Sampson, James, Preston, Adams, Green (Wilkins 89), Clarke, Taylor, Hibbert, Daniels (Thornton 84)
Subs: Smith, Trainer, Morrell
Yellow Cards: none
Red Cards: none
Drench, Holdsworth (Killock 21), Parker, Lowe, Ellis, Lawlor, Boshell N, Boshell D, Johnson A, Johnson O, Rothery
Subs: Harrison, Stockpill, Hendrie, Dickinson
Yellow Cards: Boshell D 42
Red Cards: none
Man of the Match: Gas Services Tamworth chose Brendon Daniels
Referee: Mr. D. Ford