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A good point well made

FT: Tamworth 0    0 Darlington

13 March 2018

After Saturday’s defeat at Southport Mike Fowler made three changes to the starting eleven with Dan Jezeph replacing Jack Stevens in goal, Joel Kettle and Connor Taylor coming in for Steph Morley and James Gray in an altered formation.
Former Lambs Reece Styche and Greg Mills both featured for ex-Tamworth striker Tommy Wright’s Quakers side while Josh Heaton watched from the stands.

Tamworth got he game underway attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half and quickly went on the attack but a couple of early forays by the visitors nearly caught the Lambs napping.
Knights played a neat one two with Taylor on 4 and struck low towards goal forcing Pears to drop and smother the loose ball at the second attempt.
Darlington quickly countered though and Thompson hit a powerful drive straight at Jezeph from 30 yards which the keeper smothered in similar fashion.
A Tamworth move out of midfield ended with Burns looking for a rare strike on 7 and it was gratefully taken by Pears.
Asante tried his luck from 25 yards on 8 as The Lambs continued to look lively and he rolled a low shot from the edge of the box just wide of the right hand upright on 10.
On 13 Jones lost out to the persistence of Mills down the left channel and he pulled it across the box for Styche but it was inches away from his boot and Tamworth escaped, as they did a minute later when Styche found himself a tad offside from a good ball into the box.
Jezeph rose like a salmon to pluck the ball out of the air from a left wing cross on 22 and after a period of moving the ball around well in midfield Knights struck for goal and although the deflection fell invitingly for Taylor he had strayed offside.
After 15 minutes of little goalmouth action, Taylor spotted an opening on 29 and struck from the right of the box forcing Pears to parry over his head and away from the danger area before recovering.
Mills forced a corner on the left on 34 which Gillies lifted into the box and Verma cleared with a powerful header. Knights met Pears with a boot as the loose ball was only just gathered by the keeper on 36 and picked up a booking for his efforts.
A defensive header by Vaulks on 40 looped over his own keeper and went agonisingly wide of the right hand post with Asante unable to get to it in time and from the corner Jones headed wide of the far post.
Great play from The Lambs came on 42 and after robbing Styche in the middle of the park Knights fed Asante who struck diagonally and Pears did very well to tip it around the post for a corner.
Added time came with the team still playing out a stalemate and they went into the changing rooms similarly.

HT: Tamworth 0    0 Darlington

Darlington restarted proceedings with Tamworth fans hoping for more of the same in the second half as despite the lack of goals, the mentality seemed to be in the right frame.
Jezeph reacted very quickly to deny Syers powerful strike from the right of the box on 46 and Jones headed the corner away from danger.
Tamworth took the ball down field towards the Castle End and Sharpe launched a throw into the box which Kettle diverted across the six yard line but no one could get a boot on it.
Jezeph did well again to stop Gillies freekick creeping in at the near post on 54 and Darlington forced two more corners off the initial flagkick as the visitors enjoyed a spell of attacking play.
Taylor forced a corner which somehow stayed our of the way of Pears goal as The Lambs turned up some heat of their own. Syers tried his luck from 18 yards on the hours but rolled his shot wide of the mark.
A surging run by Taylor around his marker put the ball low into the box and it fell for Burns but his shot from the right of the box rose over the target.
Darlo went close on 69 when Syers drilled the ball low into the box and Mills somehow retuned it to him rather than find the back of the net. From the flagkick Styche met the ball at the near post but it was deflected out for another corner which Tamworth cleared.
Taylor sneaked through and struck for goal on 72 but it popped up and Knights on target header lacked the pace that may have beaten Pears then Burns loaded a cross from the right on 74 and Asante was inches away from making a connection.
Powell replaced Taylor on 76 and immediately took himself into the box but found there was too much to do to get the ball past the defence and Pears.
A deep cross for Styche was met by the striker but he lifted the effort high over the target and failed to trouble Jezeph at all as Gray came on for Knights.
Caton was booked following Shaw’s tackle on Caton (?!) and the ball made it’s way forwards and out to Burns who found Pears with his curling shot from the edge of the box on 84.
As the minutes ticked down The Lambs exerted pressure at the Castle End and three minutes added time were shown which ticked down without further incident.

Tamworth Team:

Jezeph, Burns, Sharpe, Kettle, Jones (c.), Lane, Taylor (Powell 76), Shaw T, Asante, Verma, Knights (Gray 81)
Subs: Morley, Thomas, Shaw C

YC: Knights 36

Darlington Team:

Pears, Trotman, O’Hanlon, Turnbull, Vaulks, Galbraith, Mills (Caton 71), Syres, Styche, Gillies, Thompson
Subs: Glover Bancroft, Brown, Saunders

YC: Caton 84

Attendance: 584

Man of the Match: Footsteps Treatment Clinic chose Connor Taylor

Referee: Mr. S. Mulhall

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