Looking to go eight games without defeat, The Lambs welcomed Worcester City for the nineteenth league match of the season. Paul Green was ruled out through injury and this forced a slight rejig of positions on the pitch as Josh Heaton (formerly Sampson) made his first appearance since rejoining the club from on loan from Preston North End. City kicked off proceedings, attacking the Castle End in the first half against the blustery wintry wind that almost helped Belshaw’s goal kick go the length of the field. Tomassen’s long throw was even longer with the wind assistance and although Taylor managed to flick it on to Dyer at the far post play was halted for a foul in the box. Dyer netted his fifth in three games with a right footed finish from 18 yards on 13 after Taylor’s downward header along the edge of the box fell kindly for him. Strong was brought down by Nti on the halfway line on 28, earning the Worcester player a booking and Durrells freekick was converted by Dyer, but the flag rules it out for offside and Durrell spotted Vaughan off his line in the next move, aimed and beat the keeper but the ball curled into the side netting. Taylor forced a corner on the half hour and Preston powered his header goalward but Vaughan reacted well to push it away. Dyer needed treatment after getting clattered about the head by former Lambs defender Thomas on 36 and was able to continue. Burton sprinted through an nearly made belshaw pay for rushing out and missing the ball but his cross box shot form the left ran out past the right hand upright. At the other end the ball fell to Durrell and he curled a shot at goal but Vaughan was not going to be beaten and pushed it around the post at height. Thomas was booked for excessive verbal ‘abuse’ directed at the referee as one minute added time was shown.
HT: Tamworth 10 Worcester City
Tamworth restarted proceedings and immediately went on the offensive with Taylor forcing a corner on the left which Dyer stooped to head goalward and it was finished over the line by Clarke. (2-0, 47 mins). Nti curled a shot at the Meadow Street end past the right hand , shortly before Hughes took to the field. Hughes and Heaton were both booked for a tussle on the edge of the area and the freekick was watched wide by Belshaw, although it wasn’t actually that far away. Weir was booked after Burns found the ball trapped and added to City’s position at the bottom of the fair play league. Mettam was pulled down en route to goal in the 70th minute and the culprit, Weir, was straight red carded for his effort. Mettam dusted himself down and struck powerfully home from the spot. (3-0, 70 mins). Worcester exerted some pressure on the Tamworth back line, both physical and footballing, and were forced to defend strongly and in numbers as Hughes and Nelson-Addy looked for the net by various means. Davies came on for Durrell on 72 and the visitors continued to press against a determined lambs defence. Smith made his first appearance since Gainsborough, coming on for Strong with 9 to go and Mettam should have made it 4-0 on 89 but his strike at goal was directly at Vaughan who parried the shot away. Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the game which ended with a 3-0 win for The Lambs.