Lambs run a (sand)ground beside the sea
12 April 2014
Defeat at Luton on Tuesday night and results elsewhere meant that although the table looked as though a miracle was possible, the last match of the season between Aldershot and Hereford prevented any hope of Tamworth making the Great Escape from relegation impossible, rather than just highly improbable. Kick off had been set to 3.07pm in memory of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and a minutes silence was observed before kick off.
FIRST HALF: Southport got the game underway and it looked like The Lambs would take an early lead but Thornton’s shot from the left of the box was well blocked by keeper Hurst.
A minute later Baker found space in the box and forced Hurst to protect his near post with his feet. The home side responded and forced a couple of corners but failed to threaten Belford.
A run by O’Sullivan was halted as it went over the half way line but wasted the freekick and Tamworth countered with Thornton being felled on the left wing to set up Evans but his effort went high and wide of the mark.
Brown tried a long range effort on 17 but his shot was wayward and it looked like Ledsham was going to need a stretcher on 20 but he initially declined it before being unable to walk off the field and left with the aid of the medics. Morgan picked up the ball on the edge of the area and hit a right footed effort but it span over the bar on 22 and play switched to the other end when the wind took Hurst’s long win assisted goal kick down field and a corner was forthcoming for The Sandgrounders but it came to nothing again.
Boothman’s right sided crossed skipped through Belford’s box and was headed out of play at the far post on 27.
There was a rare breakthrough by the home side on 40 as O’Sullivan’s right wing cross caused The Tamworth defence some problems and the same player forced himself into the box. A floated cross from the right wing flew towards the head of Mukendi on 44 bt it was just too high and Nsiala was booked shortly after for a challenge on Thornton.
Four added minutes were shown at the end of the first half and a mistake at the back allowed Walker to volley from distance but his shot was more likely to make the fencing behind the goal ripple than Belford’s goal and a Lambs fan had to protect himself from the powerful strike.
Belford made his first save of the game in added time from O’Sullivan’s right footed shot after the Southport player got the better of Baker to fire an angled shot from 12 yards.
With the rain coming down and fans running for cover, The Lambs got the game underway again and inside the second minute Belford looked to have been left stranded and beaten with a looping header but Keane was on hand to boot it away from the far post.
But the 75 Lambs fans who had made the journey were not so fortunate to see Tamworth survive another attack and when the ball made its way across the box about 6 yards from goal and Walker slotted it home unmarked at the far post (0-1, 50 mins)
On 63 it should have been 2-0 to Southport but sub Hattersley put his right side footed shot wide of the left hand post after O’Sullivan had cut it back for him and Brown shot well enough but missed the target with his angled effort.
Southport made it 2-0 on 72 when Walker made space in the box to head home a pin point cross from Fitzpatrick on the left wing.
A rare foray forward saw The Lambs go close with Baker attempting a diving header that screwed wide of the mark on 74.
On 84 Walker was played in one on one with just Belford to beat but somehow lifted his hat-trick sealing shot over the bar as the headlines blazed in front of him. Four minutes added time was shown at the end of the second half and Hattersley’s far post header went high and wide of the mark as Southport took the points in their continuing quest to stay out of the drop zone as Tamworth remained cemented in 23rd.
Belford, Evans, Reindorf (Woolery 67), Richards-Everton, Baker, Thornton (Peniket 73), Caprice (Vanderhyde 50), Chadwick, Mahon (c), Morgan, Keane
Subs: Kerry, Batis-Cande
Hurst, Brown, Nsiala, Mukendi (Hattersley 61), Walker, Ledsham (Monthe 23), Fitzpatrick, Challoner, O’Sullivan, Boothman (Osawe HT), George
Subs: Daly, Dillon
Referee: Mr. R. Joyce