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FT: Tamworth 2    1 Curzon Ashton

16 February 2016

After the Valentine weekend defeat away at struggling Corby, Andy Morrell’s squad welcomed mid table Curzon Ashton to The Lamb on their first ever visit. Morrell made one change to the side from Saturday with Dyer coming into the eleven to give it an ever stronger attacking feel, at the expense of Fox who took a place on the bench.

The Lambs got the game underway attacking the Castle End in the first half and went on the offensive straight away forcing a corner on the left in the second minute which Preston headed over at the far post.
The Nash forced a flag kick of their own on 4 which Newton headed away and then on 7 Hampson headed a deep ball behind for a Tamworth flag kick on the left again, which Durrell fired in an Preston went close with a header.
Strong was upended in front of the home dugout on 10 and this brought some noise from the Shed before play resumed with a Tamworth freekick.
Burns found Mettam who in turn forced a corner with a blocked cross but the first real shot of the game came on 10 from Brooke who volleyed into the arms of Belshaw on 14.
Mettam required attention from the physio on 16 and was able to continue for just a couple of minutes before being replaced by Taylor on 19.
Taylor had his arm pulled on the halfway line on 24 and Durrell’s freekick caused some problems for the visiting defence before Burton caught it at height with Newton jumping too.
Tomassen got a shot away from the right of the box on 34 but it was always going wide of the mark and didn’t trouble Burton. Newton was tripped as he went down the middle on38 and earned a booking for Shaw.
This set up Deeney with a left footed dead ball from 30 yards and he curled it over the wall into the top right corner (1-0, 39 mins) Tamworth came very close to a second twice in quick succession – Taylor and Newton worked hard to get the ball into the danger area and Durrell fired just wide from 18 yards.
Burns made headway down the right on 44 but lifted his cross just over the target, then Strong cut the ball across the box and it was somehow missed by everyone as it span along the six yard line before the half time whistle blew.

HT: Tamworth 1    0 Curzon Ashton

Curzon restarted proceedings and the first shot of the half came on 52 from Crothers effort from 20 yards out in the right channel which curled away from the left hand upright.
Dyer doubled the advantage on 53 with a close range finish at the second attempt at the near post after Green fired the ball into the box from the right touch line. (2-0, 53 mins)
Curzon were forced to replace the keeper shortly after as Burton took a knock in play surrounding the goal, so had to sit the rest of the match out.
Confidence was now flowing from The Lambs a lot more and Durrell started a move inside his own half that Strong finished with a low shot a few feet wide of the left hand post on the hour.
The seventieth minute passed without further incident in front of goal, but the visitors were becoming a little frustrated with proceedings as The Lambs continued to grow in stature. Newton tried a low shot after a good run on 72 which Mason smothered and the keeper then tipped Durrell’s low placed shot past his left hand post for a corner.
A great reflex save from Belshaw protect his clean sheet from Brooke's near post header on 79 and when Durrell and Rowney had a tussle on the halfway line, both picked up a yellow card.
Into the final five minutes there was no let up in pace up the pitch from the home side as Strong and Taylor and even Tomassen pushed high up the field. But the clean sheet was not to be when Brooke flicked home the ball from 6 yards out following a corner on the right. (2-1, 90 mins)
Four minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and Newton looked for a strike in the dying seconds but his right footed effort went wide and cannoned back off the hoardings at the Meadow Street End and Durrell just had time for a jinking run but tame shot, saved by Mason, before the final whistle blew.

Tamworth Team:

Belshaw, Burns Dyer, Deeney, Tomassen, Preston, Durrell, Green, Newton, Mettam (Taylor 19), Strong

Subs: Smith, Fox, Moulton, Pace

Yellow: Durrell 81

Curzon Ashton Team:

Burton (Mason 55), Woodford, Hampson, Hunt, Shaw, Rowney, Atkinson (Norton 78), Crothers (Cockerline 66), Cummins, Brooke, Guest

Subs: Wright

Yellow: Shaw 38, Rowney 81

Attendance: 544

Man of the Match: Polesworth Garage chose Ellis Deeney

Referee: Mr. M. D'Aguilar

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