On the back of two league draws and The Lambs first goal for quite some time courtesy of Adam Cunnington's 12th of the season at The Abbey Stadium last weekend, Tamworth entertained David Holdsworth's 10 game unbeaten Imps in 1st Round FA Trophy action in front of an expectant if not also cold and wet, home crowd.
And just like Holdsworth, Lambs boss Marcus Law also made five changes - to the side that came back at Cambridge United with keeper James Severn making an appearance in a Tamworth shirt again having joined on load from Scunthorpe.
Lincoln got the match underway with The Lambs attacking the away fans huddled under the roof of the Meadow Street terracing. Severn got an early easy touch and Tamworth pushed forward for Barrow to win a corner on the left with a deflected shot. The flag kick was played short to Kerry and he put his cross out, long, past the far post. Kelly launched the ball into the box from the left on 5 and Cunnington saw his attempted header blocked in the area but it fell nicely for Baldock who dragged his shot wide of the left hand post from the edge of the box. The Lambs enjoyed a spell of possession in the final third of the field around the ten minute mark and when Kelly was fouled 25 yards out on 12 Barrow lined up his dead ball but it was blocked by the wall. As the game hit the 20 minute mark Lincoln won a corner on the left off Oji's deflected block and Barrow sliced his clearance off Morgan's header, and an infringement prevented any further play. Power struck for goal on 25 and forced Severn to make a save which brought a response from the travelling faithful. On 32 Smith struck low to the right of Severn's goal and the lambs keeper was happy to see it out of play. A foul on Collins on the half way line on 36 and the ball was dinked into the area by Kelly but Farman was by far the quickest and at the other end Larkin sprinted into the box along the right touch line and beat Oji for pace before being thwarted by Severn's block and the ball skipped past the far post. And on 40, Power took full advantage of a pinball style attempted clearance to advance on Severn from the edge of the box and slot it past him to give City the lead. Collins forced Farman to tip the ball past the left hand post with a low shot from the edge of the box on 44, and from the corner power cleared the danger quickly but Barrow was on hand to boot it back the other way. One minute added time was show at the end of the first half which ended without further incident.
HT: Tamworth 01 Lincoln City
The Lambs restarted the game and advanced to attack the Castle End but Larkin had a half chance on 49 when his cross come shot skipped across the face of Severn's goal and went out untouched. A foul on the corner of the box in the next move allowed Power to put the ball into the box and Larkin met it with a clean strike but put the effort over the bar. In response, Cunnington hit one from distance and it swerved but rose over the bar. On 55 Baldock fired low into the near post from the right but it took a deflection before Cunnington could slide in and finish the chance and the corner was taken by Farman at height. Collins was replaced up front by Moke just short of the hour as the rain continued to come down on the pitch and any brave fans on the terraces. A foul on Barrow earned Bore a booking in front of the shed and set up Kelly with a freekick into the box on 65 but it was cleared long and brought Severn out to boot it back over the halfway line. Barrow was quick to recover and his ball to Kerry earned Tamworth a corner on 66 which was headed behind by Garner for another flag kick by the clubhouse. From the second one, Moke hit a snap shot towards goal but it came back off Oji and the chance was quickly gone. Cunnington advanced well down the left on 68 but his dink over the lunging challenge of the defence came back off him and went out for a goal kick. Moke's ball into the box from the left fell kindly for Kelly who spotted a route into the far corner and his 71st minute equaliser, via a low diagonal strike to Farman's left and it lifted the spirit around the terraces. On 80 Tamworth continued to push forwards in a hope to end Lincoln's run and Kerry forced Farman to fumble a shot from 30 yards but Cunnington was unable to follow up and was forced to go wide. Smith curled a dipping effort just wide of the right hand post with Severn in full flight on 83, before being immediately replaced while at the other end Taylor was felled by Power on the left of the area. From the freekick Baldock forced a flying stop from Farman and from the corner the ball fell kindly for Kelly once again who struck another low shot into the back of the net to give Tamworth the lead (2-1, 86) Kelly missed out on his hat-trick on 88 when the ball in from Cunnington was pushed out by Farman and into his path, but he dragged his shot wide of the right hand post from 15 yards. Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and Kelly bagged his hattrick in added time when Cunnington released Moke who squared for Kelly who made no mistake from 12 yards. (3-1, 9-0 mins)
James SEVERN (GK), Richard TAIT (c), Marcus KELLY, George BALDOCK, Adam CUNNINGTON, Lloyd KERRY, Duane COURTNEY, Scott BARROW, Charlie COLLINS (Adriano MOKE 58), Sam OJI, Greg TAYLOR Subs: Lee HENDRIE, Tommy WRIGHT, Tony BREEDEN (GK), Graeme LAW
Lincoln City Team:
Paul FARMAN (GK), Scott GARNER, Adam SMITH (Adam BOYD 83), Alan POWER, Peter BORE, Aristede BESELLE (Nicky NICOLAU 60), Tom MILLER (c), Peter GILBERT, Colin LARKIN (Vadaine OLIVER 69), David MORGAN, Mamadou FOFANA Subs: Paul ROBSON, Jake TURNER