Cod Army defeat Lambs
30 October 2010
After midweek cup joy at Grimsby, it was back to league action for caretaker manager Des Lyttle as Fleetwood Town visited The Lamb. Lyttle unsurprisingly made no changes to the starting eleven and with Wilkinson out with a groin strain he named himself on the bench.
Fleetwood came into the game without a win in four games, but still held a strong position in the top five of the league, while The Lambs were aiming to end their run of seven league games without victory.
Tamworth got the game underway kicking towards the Castle End and after an early spell of Lambs pressure the visitors raced to the other end only for Barry to sky a shot from distance over the away terracing.
A long ball from the right wing into the area from Tait on 4 saw Davies push it off the head of Perry at the far post but Thomas' ball back in was taken at height by the keeper.
Miles fed Seddon down the left on 6 and Barrow was forced to turn the ball behind past the far post from the cross.
At the other end on 8 Barrow found the head of Perry with a left wing ball but the striker's flick took it past the woodwork on the far side.
Miles had a clear cut chance but shot miles wide of the mark on 9 after advancing on the Lambs box.
Perry found space to get a shot away on 16 but was unable to get any power behind his effort from the edge of the area and it was easy for Davies to gather.
Maguire struck a volley straight into the Lambs defence on 21 but there was no stopping the finish of Beeley who stuck right footed into the far corner from the right of the area to open the scoring (1-0, 21 mins).
On 24 Seddon glanced a header wide of the mark from a right wing cross and on 25 Wylde ran back to prevent Vieira's goal bound effort going into the net after Severn had come out to meet the Fleetwood player but had been beaten by the lob.
Craney struck the corner of bar and post with a 30 yard dip at goal on the half volley from a throw on the left on 29 and the ball skimmed out into the Meadow Street end.
Fleetwood enjoyed the larger share of the play from then on but failed to create any decent chances while Tamworth worked hard to prevent them getting into the final third of the pitch and looked to break when possible.
A freekick by the halfway line in front of the shed was eventually cleared by McNulty and some neat passing ended with Wright crossing from the right for Seddon to head for goal on 40 but his effort went high over the bar.
Rodman skipped into right of the area on 42 but saw his pass into the box cleared and a couple of balls at height looking for Mitchell then Perry were headed away before their reached their target.
Tait went down just inside the Lambs half, holding his ankle, but was able to continue after a visit from the phyiso and two minute added time was shown.
An unintentional clash of heads between Lake-Gaskin and Wright brought a halt to proceedings and increased the first half as the Fleetwood town player left the field needing attention to a blood injury before the whistle blew.
Fleetwood got the second period underway and an early foul saw Smith go in the referee's note book.
And the visitors doubled their lead on 51 when Vieira turned Mitchell on the edge of the area before curling a peach of a shot into the far corner (0-2, 51 mins)
MacKenzie tried his luck from 25 yards on 54 but his right footed shot bent high and away from goal as Lyttle made his first change, replacing Lake-Gaskin with Bradley.
Tamworth won a corner on 57 and Smith's dink to the near post was headed behind for another on the same side which Rodman redirected across the box with a touch of the head but it flashed across the box and went out for a throw on the other side.
MacKenzie was adjudged to have brought down Mullan on 67 on the left corner of the area and Severn spilled Craney's freekick but recovered to block the follow-up from Vieira.
Fourteen minutes from time Oakes fired a freekick into the box and Mitchell hit the floor after catching the clearing punch from Davies square on the jaw. A foul on the edge of the box set up MacKenzie while the Lambs defender was off the field and he smashed an effort at goal forcing Davies to get a finger or two in the way and tip it over for a corner which came to nothing.
McNulty picked up a booking for a foul on Bradley on 84 after he had pushed the ball past the defender and Oakes' deadball struck the wall.
A minute or two later, Thomas won a corner but Rodman's follow up to his initial blocked effort took a deflection and dropped over the bar for another flagkick which was cleared.
Perry closed down on Davies as the fourth official showed four minutes of added time but the referee was having none of the pushing between both players.
A foul by Barrow on Beeley did earn him a yellow card though and the same player conceded a corner on 93 when Miles kicked the ball out of play off the Lambs defender.
And after a further 60 seconds of keep ball by the visitors, Fleetwood celebrated victory.
Severn, Tait, Wylde, Mitchell, Smith (Oakes 69), MacKenzie, Perry, Rodman, Thomas (Marshall 88), Lake-Gaskin (Bradley 54), Barrow
Subs: Lyttle, Connor
Yellow Cards: Smith 46, Barrow 90
Fleetwood Town Team:
Davies, Beeley, Wright, Barry, McNulty, Craney, Vieira (Warlow 73), MacGuire (Mullan HT), Miles, Seddon, Gregan
Subs: Thorpe, Dootson, Horne
Yellow Cards: NcNulty 84
Man of the Match: Richard Tait
Referee: R.J. Wiggleworth (S. Yorks)