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Lambs blow out to The Wire

FT: Warrington Town 3    0 Tamworth

28 November 2017

Andy Morrell’s Lambs made their first ever trip to Cantilever Park to replay their FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round tie against The Yellows of Warrington Town, with £5,000 prize money and a home tie against Altrincham waiting for the winners.
Morrell saw midfielder Ben Fox recalled back to Burton Albion on the morning of the game and so made one change with Connor Taylor coming into the starting eleven and Dexter Walters stepping up onto the bench.

Tamworth got the game underway but the home side quickly tried to put a foot on the ball and take the game to the Lambs.
Kotwica was already enjoying more of the play than he did on Saturday and Deeney looked like he was set for an enjoyable run out, with a couple of tricky passes including one long distance back heel!
The Lambs, when they got the ball, were not afraid to push forwards with Burns and Morley pushing high up the wings looking to send the ball into the mix.
One long run into the box from the right saw Vassallo make a strong run into the box and it took three Tamworth defenders to clear it away before he reached Rowley.
A foul on Deeney in the centre circle on 12 by Williams saw the same player put the deadball into the box and although Jones flicked it on Knights couldn’t get a toe onto it. Warrington broke quickly from the goal kick and McDonald took advantage of the referee’s call to play on to get into the box and pick his spot after slipping through the defence and slotting it under Rowley (0-1, 13 mins)
A Knights corner was taken at height under the bar by McMillan as Tamworth worked to get back into the game quickly.
The Wire failed to beat the offside trap on a couple of occasions as the half way mark in the first half was reached.
On 33 it was 2-0 to the home side though when McDonald used his strength to get through the Tamworth defence and force the ball home from a few yards out (0-2, 33 mins)
Knights deep freekick on 37 bounced back to the home keeper while at the other end Williams fed McDonald and his shot deflected behind for a corner.
Tamworth defended strongly but couldn’t prevent a second flag kick on 40 as Powell got ready to come on and The Lambs cleared the danger before the substitution was made.
Two minutes added time were shown at the end of the first half and a foul on Kotwica set up Morley with the deadball from the left edge of the area but it whipped just wide of the near post before the whistle blew.

HT: Warrington Town 2    0 Tamworth

The Wire restarted proceedings and Jones picked up an early booking pulling Vassallo back as he looked to break through 25 yards out.
The home side forced another corner which caused problems and shots rained in on Rowley’s goal from McDonald, Barnes and Williams.
The final one which he cleared with a boot, too a deflection and was allowed The Lambs a little respite.
Powell whipped the ball into the area from the left on 54 but it skipped out past the far post.
The Yellows forced two corners on the left in quick succession and once the danger was cleared Morrell made his second change of the game.
Morley tricked his marker with a deft flick of the ball into the box on 60 and his shot was hooked away to Knights whose shot was cleared.
Reid’s downward header on the hour was clawed off the line by the keeper and from the corner Knights shot was parried by McMillan as the home side held strong to keep it at 2-0.
A trip on Taylor set up Deeney with the dead ball from 35 yards in a central position on 64 but he lifted the ball high over the target and it rebounded off the roof of the stand behind the goal.
Verma found himself with the ball at his feet after good play from Powell and his shot ran through to Reid, but he was offside when he struck it, although McMillan was equal to his shot on the turn anyway.
On 71 Reid made headway into the box past his marker and forced a save from McMillan, the ball came back out to Knights and his effort was touched by the keeper on the floor then kicked away.
Morley’s ball to Knights saw his free header at the far post go out past the opposite one on 74 and on 77 Verma’s drilled effort was straight at the keeper.
McMillan stopped Hones header from a Knights deadball with similar ease on 81.
Deeney was tripped on 88 to set up a freekick for Verma and it struck the wall and rebounded to Morley who hit it on the volley but it went wide of the mark.
The home side made certain of the result with a third goal in the 90th minute after a move down the right and the whipped in ball was finished by Gray after Burns only managed to half clear it (0-3, 90 mins)

Tamworth Team:

Rowley, Burns, Morley, Deeney, Jones (c.), Lane, Upton (Powell 41), Verma, Kotwica (Reid 58), Taylor, Knights
Subs: Shaw, Walters, Coulson

YC: Lane 47

Warrington Town Team:
McMillan, Carden, McKeown, Jennings, McCarten (Higgins 28), Goulding, Williams, Barnes, McDonald (Barrigan 71), Gray, Vassallo (Bakkor 80)
Subs: Davis, Paynter

Attendance: 223

Referee: Mr. S. Mathers

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