Lambs return to wining ways in style
07 September 2013After the previous weekend's defeat away at Cambridge, The Lambs returned home to face high flying Southport who had won four of their opening six games and sat in 5th place ahead of the ‘Non League Day' tie.
The Lambs got the game underway and Wright made his presence known with a crunching tackle against Fitzpatrick which saw him requiring treatment.
The attacking nature of The Lambs side was evident and Peniket tried a shot on 5 which was pushed onto the post by Hurst and out for a corner.
Then on 11 Elford-Alliyu made a strong run into the box and was brought down from behind by Flynn, earning the Southport player a card and The Lambs a penalty. Baker stepped up and fired the ball to Hurst's left and although the keeper got a slight touch it nestled in the bottom corner to record the first Tamworth goal for 287 minutes. (1-0, 11 mins)
The positive attitude of Tamworth continued as the 20 minute mark approached and Elford-Alliyu was beaten by the offside flag following a good through ball from Wright while Peniket continued to chase down everything that came his way.
But it was all square in the 21st minute when Osane rose to head inside the far post from a superb ball floated into the box from Chalmers (1-1, 21mins)
Tamworth kept the ball in the final third for long periods of the game between then and the half hour mark and were not afraid to have a go at goal with Wright and Peniket both clearing the target when well placed, none more so than the latter who side-footed his chance from 8 yards over after a great ball in from Lloyd.
Numerous Capaldi long throws helped the Lambs cause while at the other end Belford earned his wages in one second when Osane broke from inside his own half and beat two defenders before trying to roll it past the Lambs keeper but was denied by his fingertips and quite visibly couldn't believe it.
At the other end Peniket forced Hurst to block a powerful low shot from the right of the box on 40 and a Peniket header on 44 was straight at the keeper so easy for Hurst.
The visitors restarted the game with Tamworth now kicking ‘uphill' towards the away end and with no segregation in place fans mingles on the terraces and the away fans celebrated on 51 when Flynn headed home a let sided freekick but the offside flag was already up and ruled the finish out.
Southport were playing with a different attitude to the first and The Lambs were not enjoying as much possession as they had previously and this made for an audibly frustrating affair from a fans perspective while also being a good game to watch for the neutral.
Then, on 61 Elford-Alliyu worked the ball in the box and tried to roll it past Hurst and his goalward but going wide strike was diverted into his own net by Southport defender George to make it 2-1.
And four minutes later Peniket notched his first of the season with a close range finish after a quick break over the half way line set the striker free to bear down on Hurst (3-1, 65 mins)
Belford scooped the ball away from danger on 70 in a rare but meaningful attack on the Castle End on 70 while Lloyd struck from distance a minute later but failed to trouble Hurst.
Thomas picked up a booking for a dragged back foul on the half way line as Southport looked to break away and visiting manager, former Villa player, Alan Wright made a couple of changes to his side.
But it made no difference to The Lambs attitude and Peniket netted a sublime strike from the edge of the box to bring the home faithful to their feet (4-1, 77 mins)
With the game all but sewn up both sides took their foot off the gas and saw out the minutes to give The Lambs three well deserved points.
Belford, Evans, R-Everton, Kerry, Baker, Capaldi, Thomas, LLoyd, Elford-Alliyu (Woolery 90+), Wright (Todd 87)
Subs: Byfield, Harris, Wren
Hurst, Challoner, Flynn (Tames 78) George, Fitzpatrick, Milligan, Chalmers, Ledsham (Irie-Bi 75), Rutherford, Osane, Hattersley (Brown 75)
Subs: Stevenson, Smith
Man of the Match: Dunelm Insurance chose Richard Peniket
Referee: Mr. Colin Lymer