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Briscoe double makes it seven unbeaten

FT: Altrincham 1    2 Tamworth

03 December 2016

With Tuesday night’s exit from the FA Trophy still at the forefront of everyone’s mind, The Lambs made the trip to Moss Lane to face bottom club Altrincham who, with seven points and a goal difference of -28 had not won a home game in the league all season, and only won once away.

Andy Morrell made three changes to the side that suffered the humiliation against Farsley, bringing Ben Fox in on loan for a month from Burton Albion and restoring Clarke and Jones to the side at the expense of Davies and Opoku (on the bench) and Smith (on loan at Rushall Olympic).

Tamworth in yellow and red got the game underway but a slip by Lane almost let Reeves in down the left. Thankfully his ball into the box was cleared and Alty failed to capitalise.
On 7 Taylor released Newton with a long ball out of defence but Newton was unable to get a shot away so cut back and saw his resulting shot blocked.The ball came back to him though and he shot wide from the edge of the area.
Burns made a telling challenge to deny Miller’s cross from the left on 9 and conceded the corner which Goodall raced into the box to headed over the bar at full pelt.
Newton robbed the ball off the Altrincham right back and advanced towards goal on 15, but Richman recovered to deny his shot at Deasy.
A high boot against Fox set up Briscoe with a freekick on the Lambs right wing on 16 but Deasy was equal to the high cross box ball.
Briscoe then picked up the ball on the edge of the box and made a superb mazy defence splitting run before slotting home past Deasy to open the scoring and net The Lambs first ever goal at Moss Lane. (1-0, 19 mins)
After a booking for Taylor for foul and abusive language on 27, the ball popped up on the edge of the box and Briscoe pounced, teeing himself up and volleying past Deasy from 12 yards to double his tally and the advantage. (2-0, 28 mins)
Belshaw made a good save from Lawrie’s driven effort from 18 yards on 30 showing there was fight in the home side despite the scoreline, and when Clarke fouled on 32 Wilkinson struck the deadball but it rebounded off the wall to Lawrie who wriggled through the left of the box and struck home past Belshaw in off the right hand post. (2-1, 32 mins)
Newton beat his man and tried a shot from the right of the box which curled over Deasy but also the crossbar on 35. Newton was brought down on the right wing and Alty made a sub on 37 before the deadball could be played.
When it was Taylor was unable to keep it in the box and Briscoe was adjudged to have fouled, halting play.
A foul on Morley set up Briscoe with a freekick on the left on 45 and he planted in the box but Alty cleared and three minutes added time were shown at the end of the half.
Dyer broke free over the half way line and Briscoe made a similar run down the left channel which Dyer spotted and played him through but the first time shot lifted over the target and didn’t trouble Deasy and despite the best intentions, the whistle blew on much more positive first half from The Lambs.

HT: Altrincham 1    2 Tamworth

The Robins got the game back underway but The Lambs were soon back in possession and a deep cross from the left had headed high by Dyer and taken by Deasy, under pressure from Newton.
On 51, a deep freekick onto the head of Newton looked like it would put Tamworth 3-1 up but the post denied him and then when Taylor whipped the ball into the box from the left wing a flying header from Dyer went over the bar.
Morley headed home but the flag denied him on 56, and Belshaw made a brave save at the feet of Miller as the home side pushed forward from the ensuing play.
Alty sub Hobson was booked on 58 and in the next move Morley lifted his pass over the home defence for Newton to run onto and he met it with a deft lob over the onrushing Deasy, but watched in agony as it bounced just wide of the right hand post.
Newton was booked for an accumulation of few niggly challenges in the opposition box on 70 and on 76 Taylor was replaced by Davies while a Alty player received treatment on the field.
Alty forced a corner through a deflected shot from Miller on 77 and Tamworth defended strongly to keep the home side away from the goal, hoofing the ball the full length of the field to clear any danger.
Fox was booked on 79 for kicking the ball away in what was more like a through pass a millionth of a second after the whistle blew, and Belshaw came to take the ball at height in amongst a crowd of players from the resulting freekick.
Tomassen came on for Briscoe with nine remaining and a Lambs corner in the next move and after a open play in the final third Tomassen headed against the top of the bar from close range.
Tricky play from Fox in the right of the home box earned a corner but the home defence cleared.
Four minutes added time were shown at the end of the game and a foul on Davies saw Morley put the freekick to the corner for Fox to guard and wind down the clock a little.
Belshaw was strong and quick off his line to gather a high cross as Altrincham looked for a last minute equaliser but it wasn;t to be and The Lambs made it seven without defeat in the league.

Tamworth Team:

Belshaw, Burns, Morley, Fox, Jones, Lane, Briscoe (Tomassen 81), Clarke, Newton, Dyer, Taylor (Davies 76)
Subs: Opoku, Morrell, Ezewele

YC: Taylor 27, Newton 70, Fox 79

Altrincham Team:

Deasy, Richman, McWilliams, Moult (c.), Hannigan, Goodall (McDonald73), Lawrie, Lenighan (Marsh 59), Wilkinson (Hobson 37), Reeves, Miller
Subs: Morrison-Derbyshire, Dawber

YC: Hobson 58

Attendance: 835

Man of the Match: Altrincham's Away team MOM was Briscoe

Referee: Mr. R. Wild

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