On the back of two victories, Tamworth travelled the short distance to Damson Parkway to face league leaders Solihull Moors who, under Marcus Bignot, had lost only three times in the league all season, once each to the three teams beneath them. On the former player front, they had former Lamb Darren Byfield on the bench and Lambs Legend Darren Acton as their GK coach. Andy Morrell made one change to the starting eleven with Dan Preston coming back in Louis Ezewele who took a place on the bench.
Tamworth kicked the game off, but a long throw from Franklin was met by the boot of Byrne 25 yards out, inside the first minute, and his shot went wide of the mark. Then on 6, Dyer made headway down the middle, struck for goal from 20 yards and it came back off the right hand post to him, from where he made no mistake to open the scoring. (1-0, 6 mins) Newton’s run down the right and cross was cut out in the nick of time by the Moors defence and n 14 Brown connected well enough with a right wing cross to get his over head kick near the target but it was far away off not to trouble Belshaw. Play halted shortly after when Strong needed treatment, but he was OK to continue. Half shouts for a penalty in the favour of the home side were waved away by the referee but it was 2-0 to The Lambs on 24 when Strong made space down the left and curled a right footed shot in off the far post to send the travelling faithful ‘wild when we score’. (2-0, 24 mins) Knights fed the ball through and Byrne stole in and clipped the ball past Belshaw but also the right hand post on the half hour as the home side enjoyed more of the ball than they previously had. A long throw from Tomassen on 35 forced a defensive header for a corner and Durrell’s flag kick caused some problems in the box before he got the ball back and forced the keeper to fumble. A foul in the centre of the park set up Durrell with a dead ball on 40 and it came out for Dyer to strike low but Lewis was equal to it. A foul on Durrell on the right wing earned Dean a booking for his efforts. Three minutes added time were shown at the end of the first half and a foul on Tomassen handed a booking for Streete before the whistle blew.
HT: Solihull Moors 02 Tamworth
Solihull got the game back underway and The Lambs immediately started to push them back and Dyer put in a good cross from the left to force a corner on 49 which went to Tomassen at the other side of the box and his shot went out for another flag kick, but Preston’s directed header back in was nodded over the target rather than at it by Taylor. The home side pulled one back on 53 when sub Asante stuck from the left of the box after Belshaw had been unable to parry Nottingham’s cross from the right away from danger. (2-1, 53 mins) With the bit between their teeth Solihull pushed upfield but struck off target when well positioned. Newton picked up a booking for a push on keeper Lewis on 59. Nottingham fed Brown with a deep through ball on the hour and when Belshaw slipped it looked like the latter would curl his shot home, but he was forced wide by the Lambs defence and could only place it wide of the mark. A corner was forced from the shot of Knights on the right on 64 and the same player floated the ball long before Tomassen cleared to Taylor. Taylor then found Durrell who in turn threaded it through to Newton to go one on one and his shot beat Lewis but struck the far post then came back past the near post before being cleared. A straight run through the middle by Taylor was halted with a Moors foul and set up Durrell but Newton was unable to keep hold of the ball in. Durrell was brought down by Dean again on 68 and so was shown his second yellow and hence red card. There was a break on play when Durrell needed treatment for cramp and Byfield came on. Green was booked on 85 for tripping Nottingham in the right back position and a quick throw set up Durrell with a run into the box but he pulled the trigger too hard and cleared the target with the rest of the pitch static. Durrell was replaced by Smith for the five minutes added time and The Lambs worked hard until the final whistle.