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Lambs make amends

FT: Tamworth 2    0 Nuneaton Town

01 January 2018

After the crushing defeat away at The Liberty Way stadium on Boxing Day Andy Morrell made two changes to the Lambs starting XI with Theo Wharton and Drew Ricketts coming into the side in place of Zack Kotwica and Ellis Deeney, the latter having been placed on the transfer market in the run up to the game.
Tamworth got the game underway attacking the away end in the first half and started the game with a very positive outlook keeping the visitors penned back into their half for the opening exchanges.
The much more noticeably vocal captain Jones put a header on target on 14 and another from a deep freekick on 17.
A slip at the back allowed Daniels a sight on goal on 20 but he was closed down quickly and the resulting shot was wayward.
A cross from Nti on 22 had to be dealt with by Burns and Nuneaton forced a corner which Verma powered away with his head. Knights tried to meet a cross from the right by Wharton first time on 24 but mis-timed it and Taylor followed up but cleared the target by some distance.
A fine ball out of defence by Powell on 25 set Knights free down the right and he cut into the channel to set up a shot from 18 yards but lifted the ball over the bar.
Tamworth took the lead on 27 following some fine midfield battling which set Taylor free in the right of the box and he finished past Lyness with a low shot into the far corner to lift the roof off the Shed and the Main Stand and silence the travelling support. (1-0, 27 mins)
Nicholson lifted the ball goalward and into the grateful hands of Jezeph on 31 and at the other end Powell skipped into the box on 32 but was thwarted by Lyness low stop at his feet but in the next move the wing man battled hard to get the ball out from under his feet to chip it over the outstretched arm of the keeper and into the far corner from the left of the box (2-0, 32 mins)
Nuneaton forced a corner on 38 by the clubhouse which tamworth defended strongly and switched play up to the other end resulting in a left footed shot from Morley which rose over the target and didn’t trouble Lyness.
A handball by Kettle 25 yards out and it set up McFarlane with a well worked dead ball that earned a corner on the right which came to nothing and one minute added time was shown.

HT: Tamworth 2    0 Nuneaton Town

Nuneaton got the second half underway on the front foot and kept Tamworth in their own half for a while but it didn’t last long and Powell made a run down the left wing on 49 finding Taylor but his shot was cleared amidst a few shouts of handball by the fans behind the goal.
Powell tried a long range effort on 51 that forced Lyness to drop and smother it at his near post.
At the other end Kettle put the ball behind for a corner on the right which evaded everyone and was met by one time Lamb Gascoigne at the far post and he put it the wrong side of the upright.
Morley picked up a booking for a foul on the Nuneaton right wing on 58 and from the freekick Burns and then Verma headed the danger away before Ricketts gave it a hefty boot up field.
Taylor hit a shot which took a deflection for a corner on 65 and from it Tamworth pushed on through Powell and finally a Ricketts shot which was fairly easy for Lyness.
Taylor was sent clattering to the floor on 66 after he got his head to the ball and the keeper’s momentum sent him sprawling but not penalty was given and Powell tried to send the loose ball into the back of the net but only managed to find the side netting. From a deep Nuneaton freekick on 75 McFarlane struck a sweet right footed volley but it was a few yards wide of the mark.
Burns burst into the box on 80 and drilled the ball into the six yard area but it was cleared away and when he picked up the ball again he made another darting run into the area and attempted a shot but it went high over the target.
Nuneaton found something in the tank to exert some pressure on the Lambs around the 82nd minute mark but Tamworth were playing as an organised unit, although Chambers did manage to get a shot away as four minutes added time was shown.
The Lambs made two changes and Nuneaton won a corner on the left which was put behind for another on the right before the final whistle blew on a deserved three point haul.

Tamworth Team:

Jezeph, Burns, Morley, Wharton, Jones (c.), Kettle, Powell (Kotwica 90+3), Verma, Taylor (Reid 71), Ricketts, Knights (Shaw 90+5)
Subs: Walters, Aldhouse

YC: Morley 58, Reid 90

Nuneaton Town Team:
Lyness, Wildin, Heaton (Olukanmi 76), Daniels, Ashton, Gascoigne, Nti (Mitchell 71), Ferry, Chambers, Nicholson, McFarlane
Subs (four only): Taylor, Elliott

Attendance: 1023

Man of the Match: Tamworth Herald chose Callum Powell

Referee: Mr. J. Oldham

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