After the disappointing defeat at away to second from bottom Hednesford Town, Andy Morrell’s Lambs returned home to face second from top Fylde. With Solihull confirmed as Champions during the week, Fylde would secure their place in the playoffs if they recorded a win in this match, although the actual likelihood of them not achieving this anyway was slim, given the permutations that would have to arise in all the other remaining games. Morrell made two changes to the side that started at Keys Park with Ashley Carter coming in for Dan Preston and Connor Taylor coming in for an Elliott Durrell, absent from the team sheet for the first time this season and Belshaw took the captains armband. The Lambs go the first half underway towards the Meadow Street end and the side went close but not close enough as Strong completed a fine move forward with a centre from the left of the box that Newton just couldn’t stab past Hinchliffe on 3. Newton forced a corner on the left on 4 but it failed to threaten the visitors who took control for a few minutes and Dixon forced Belshaw into a save with his feet at the right hand post. Deeney’s ball through over the top of the Fylde defence to Mohamed set the striker free on 6 but he was unable to get an accurate lob over Hinchliffle and the keeper gathered easily. Langley was unable to continue so there was an enforced change in the visitors outfield on 12. Mohamed’s ball wide to Taylor saw the latter cross from the right on 14 and Hinchliffe only just got his fingertips to it to prevent the former from having a shot from 6 yards out. Tamworth took the lead on 22 when Mohamed received the ball from a Burns throw down the right wing advanced into the box, cut past the covering defender and slotted it past Hinchliffe to open the scoring. (1-0, 22 mins) Mohamed forced a low save from Hinchliffe on 25 and the same player forced a good stop from the keeper a couple of minutes later. The referee brought play back to book Barnes for an earlier tackle on the half hour, and on 35 Tomassen stole into the box to flick the ball off his head looking for the run of Newton but it was just too long. Fylde enjoyed a bit more of the ball around the 40 minute mark and had a couple of wayward efforts following misplaced passes out of defence into the midfield. A minute before the two minutes added were shown time Taylor nearly forced Hinchliffe into an error but the ball rebounded out for a goalkick before Mohamed also found himself in space when Deeney broke through down the left and threaded the pass into the center of the box but his goalbound shot was blocked.
HT: Tamworth 10 AFC Fylde
Fylde restarted proceedings with the sun shining and the floodlights on and on 53 Mohamed was able to force Hinchliffe into another save with a placed shot to the keeper’s left and Deeney’s follow up went wide of the far post. The rain started again and the play slowed considerably as the minutes ticked on, and bookings followed for Dixon following a clumsy challenge on Strong on 66 and for Smith when he blocked the run of former Lamb Lloyd into the box on 69. From the freekick, a penalty was awarded when Lloyd was upended by Strong as he shaped to shoot and Rowe equalised from the spot. (1-1, 70 mins) Deeney’s block across Charles gave Fylde another deadball on the left of the box on 71 but nothing came of the freekick. Newton restored The Lambs advantage on 75 with a clinical finish from the left of the box into the far corner with a defender on his heels (2-1, 75 mins) and two minutes later he turned provider, squaring the ball across the box from the right for Taylor to finish from close range (3-1, 77 mins) A fine stop from the Belshaw denied sub Hughes when a finger tip save tipped his driven effort over the bar and Fylde would finish the game with 10 men when Collins left the field injured on 85. As Davies replaced Mohamed, Newton was denied by the feet of Hinchliffe and four minutes added time was shown and a wasted corner allowed Fylde to attack before the final whistle blew.