Lambs hit for four at the New Lawn
26 February 2011
After Tuesday night's victory at Barrow, Del Lyttle made one enforced change to the starting eleven to face Forest Green at The New Lawn. With Ross Atkins having been recalled by Derby County, Tamworth welcomed Liam Mitchell in as goal keeper on loan from Notts County - the brother of defender Aaron.
Jason Bradley came back into the squad after his four game suspension, but Richard Tait was forced to sit out the second and final of his.
Tamworth got proceedings underway, kicking away from the Lambs fans behind the goal and after a period of midfield battle Mitchell was called into action from a home corner on the left which was smashed towards goal by Somner on 5 minutes. The new Lambs custodian must have seen it late, but still managed to parry it away from danger, although Rovers kept up the pressure and win another flag kick on the left which the wind made curl in a U shape out and into the box before being cleared.
Rovers had the ball in the net on 9 but the move had already been halted for an offside in the build up as the wind continued to help their forward movements down the field.
Sheridan stuck for goal from the left on 11 and it took a wicked deflection wide of the left hand post for a corner which came to nothing.
Then a good move ended with a shot from Wilkinson, wide of the mark, on 13, after his one two with Perry worked well and set up the Lambs midfielder and on 14 Perry put a header goalward from Bradley's left wing cross but it was over the bar.
Mitchell came out of his comfort zone do dive at the feet of Somner on 18 as he advanced onto a loose ball in the right of the box and the referee's whistle prevented play continuing as the ball ran free from the clash, in the keeper's favour.
At the other end, Thomas won a left sided flag kick on 20 which Rovers cleared, and with the sun shining down, the floodlights came on (!).
A Rovers corner on 26 curled in the wind and despite the best efforts of Mitchell to keep the ball out, Guinan's header crossed the line at the second attempt. (0-1, 26 mins)
Then on 29 Dyer set up Styche with a square ball from the left of the box across the edge of the area and the latter struck the crossbar with a powerfully driven shot and Mitchell otherwise beaten, but The Lambs were quick to clear the rebound and pushed forward, keeping the ball on the floor as much as possible.
The home side won another corner on 33 which curled out past the far post untouched and Tamworth pushed on again but were unable to get into a clear cut goalscoring position.
As Rovers came back the other way Styche and Marshall clashed, leaving the Lambs player on the floor and it saw the home striker given his final warning by the referee.
Forbes made a good run but saw his through ball cut out on 38 and on 39 Courtney and Stokes battled for the ball leaving the Rovers player needing treatment.
Stokes then made a great run into the Lambs area from the left on 41 and passed to Guinan who could do nothing more than hold his head in his hands when Mitchell parried his snap-shop from 8 yards to safety.
Rovers conceded a corner from a Thomas cross from the left wing on 44 and a blocked shot from Marshall went behind for another flag kick on the other side, but a mass of defensive bodies and a foul handed Forest Green possession back as two minutes added time was shown to end the half.
Rovers kicked off the second period and Mitchell did well to smother the ball at the feet of Somner on 48 and despite the wind advantage now with Tamworth, the home side kept more of the ball in the opening exchanges.
On 53 a flowing move from Rovers ended with Stokes seeing a shot deflected over the bar for a corner, but it was two to the home team on 54 when Dyer headed the ball home from the left of the box after Tamworth failed to deal with a cross from Danny Hall on the right. (0-2, 53 mins)
Marshall with a fresh shirt (and no number) since half time, picked up a booking shortly after the restart for a rash challenge on the half way line and it was only down to some resolute defending that The Lambs prevented a third with the ball rarely crossing the halfway line as the hour mark passed.
Smith was shown a yellow card on 63 for a challenge in the centre circle, and in a rare TFC attack Marshall headed a Barrow cross well wide of the mark on 65 and Courtney made way for Jason Bradley.
Bittner was called into action on 67 rushing out to collect a deep ball into the box looking for the run of Perry.
And a minute later Jason (Bradley) headed a dinked ball into the area wide of the far post as Tamworth tried to redress the balance and kept more possession than in the previous 15 minutes.
Perry then nodded down a Smith ball into the box on 70 but Jason was unable to get around his marker to finish the chance.
Thomas forced a corner from Perry's wide ball on 72 but Tamworth lost possession from the dead ball and had to defend as Rovers pushed forward.
However a fine through ball let Jason run at the keeper down the right channel on 75 and he won a right sided corner with his shot from a tight angle which was quickly put behind for another on the same side as a shirt pull against Marshall went unpunished, incensing the 87 Lambs fans behind the goal, while allowing Bittner to catch the ball and boot it long.
Marshall then cleared Sytche's low cross from the right but Tamworth were unable to do anything about his goal on 78 which saw him advance into the area and, despite the best efforts of Mitchell, rebounded into the net from 6 yards out. (0-3, 78 mins)
A duo or corners then came The Lambs way but Thomas was unable to get direction on his header and the follow up from Daniel (Bradley) span just wide of the right hand upright.
Styche tried to make headway when wrong footing the Lambs midfield on 83 but was forced to make a shot from distance when Wilkinson sprinted back, and put the ball well wide of the mark.
Kamara came into the fray with 6 to go and put a cross come shot just over the corner of bar and post shortly afterwards.
Hall almost made it four with a placed shot which went just wide of the left post on 88 but Dyer did put the ball into the net unhindered following another run from midfield leaving Mitchell exposed and helpless. (0-4, 89 mins)
Four minutes added time was shown at the end of the game but Tamworth were unable to give the travelling faithful any sort up uplift as the minutes ticked down despite Sheridan and Perry trying to force a consolation by any means necessary and the whistle blew on a poor showing which brought an inevitable defeat.
Mitchell, Marshall, Courtney, Wylde, Smith (capt), Perry, Thomas (Kamara 84), Sheridan, Bradley D (Bradley J 66), Barrow, Wilkinson
Subs: Mitchell, MacKenzie, Connor
Yellow Cards: Marshall 56, Smith 63
Forest Green Rovers Team:
Bittner, Jones, Styche (Gray 84), Dyer, Hall, Stokes, Caines, Guinan (Turk 73), Forbes, Somner, Enver-Marum (Klukowski HT)
Subs: Armstrong, Jones
Referee: A. Davies (Hampshire)