City take the points with two in four
18 February 2014After the disappointment of defeat at The Hive, The Labs returned home for a trio of games in front of their own fans.
First up was Salisbury City, who Tamworth had defeated on the opening day of the season. Boss Dale Belford made four changes to the side that suffered the 1-0 reversal against Barnet with Kerry returning from suspension, Todd, Peniket and Hildreth coming in to the starting line up at the expense of Richards, Palmer, Baker and Morgan.
The Lambs got the game underway attacking the Meadow Street End and the first move up field was a positive one and on 2 Fenton hit a low shot from the left of the box which caused one time Lambs keeper Puddy to drop and collect.
A long ball that started with Puddy skipped past the on-rushing Belford for a corner on 11 and was headed away by Chadwick for a corner by the clubhouse and The Lambs survived the temporary threat.
Townsend was penalised for a foul on White on the edge of the area on 15 which was well struck and well saved by Belford but headed home by Fitchett from 6 yards out despite calls for offside from the Lambs defenders. (0-1, 16 mins)
A minute later Sinclair cross for Kamdjo saw the latter head the ball strongly over the bar as Salisbury turned the screw and found the way through a little too easy at times.
Fitchett made it 2-0 to Salisbury from a left wing cross that was far too easy to tap home for the City striker on 20. A storming run by White down the left side forced a corner when Belford blocked his run and Chadwick headed the flag kick away from danger.
Kerry tried his luck with a right footed strike on the angle from the left of the area on 28 but it rose too quickly and was too far wide of the mark to trouble Puddy. A foul on Kerry by the right hand corner flag on the half hour set up Fenton with a dead ball but his strike went straight into Puddy’s grasp.
But, on 32, Puddy was unable to do anything about Hildreth’s cross from the left which looped over the defence and bounced past the keeper to make it 2-1.
Puddy was booked for wasting time while taking a freekick on 35 and a corner from the right almost forced an equaliser on 37 but Puddy was equal to Chadwick’s header and the rebound was cleared.
At the end of the first half, three minutes added time were shown before the whistle blew.
Salisbury restarted proceedings but The Lambs were quickest out of the blocks and Hildreth cut back inside the area to shoot and forced Puddy to grasp and hold the goal bound effort en route to the back of the net.
Peniket’s run and shot took a deflection straight into the arms of the keeper on 49.
The game descended into a power struggle as neither was able to forge anything of much worth at either end, before the first substitution of the match brought Keane into the game.
Amankwaah picked up a yellow card for a foul on Peniket in front of the Shed on 63 but nothing came of the dead ball.
Reindorf came on for his home debut with just over 20 remaining.
Lewis struck a thumping effort straight at Belford on 72 and on 75 Thomas picked up a booking for protesting against the referee’s decision.
The Shed were vociferous in their damning of a decision to deny a freekick for a foul on Fenton and then immediately award one in the visitors favour.
The Lambs produced a flurry of activity at the Castle End and won a corner on 80 which substitute Palmer came on to take right footed and it was met by Peniket’s header which forced Puddy to push it over the bar.
Palmer struck a low shot from the left channel wide of the left hand upright on 85 and scores elsewhere showed The Lambs had dropped into the bottom two.
Four minutes added time was shown at the end of the game but despite a concerted effort and almost continual pressure to get the ball into the final third, Salisbury’s defence worked hard to prevent any Lambs player getting a meaningful touch and the final whistle blew on defeat.
Belford, Evans (Keane 62), Townsend, Kerry, Peniket, Todd, Thomas, Fenton, Chadwick (Reindorf 69), Hildreth (Palmer 80), Mahon
Subs: Baker, Morgan
Salisbury City Team:
Puddy, Brett, Wilson (Wellard 83), White (McPhee 68), Lewis, Frear, Kamdjo, Sinclair, Fitchett, McDonald, Amankwaah
Subs: Flint, George, Bittner
Referee: Mr. S. Bennett