Lambs sink Trawlerboys
24 October 2015
After last weekend’s point against then top of the table Solihull, The Lambs made the long trek to Crown Meadow to face struggling Lowestoft Town who found themselves having to call upon the services of reserve team keeper Jake Jessup ahead of the match after the Harry Burgoyne was recalled by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Lambs boss Andy Morrell made one changes to the starting eleven that drew on Saturday as Curtis Strong was ruled out with conjunctivitis, bringing Owain Warlow into the side with U21 player Jorna Moulton taking a place on the bench.
The Trawlerboys kicked off proceedings and quickly forced a corner on the left which captain Jarvis headed over.
The Lambs were quick to respond though and a good move between Mettam, Newton and Durrell ended with a Racchi effort that was headed behind for a corner.
On 10, Mettam’s was fouled on the right wing and Durrell fired in a freekick which Tomassen met but struck wide of the mark.
Then, Tamworth made the breakthrough with 14 on the clock. Clarke’s ball from the left wing was met by the head of Mettam at the near post and Jessup was unable to keep the ball out of the net. (1-0, 14 mins)
Durrell weaved through and around the home defence on 17, forcing a corner in the process but the flag kick was cleared, and a minute later the same player lifted the ball ‘Gascoigne style’ over the last man and cut into the box in much the same fashion but drilled his shot just wide of the far post.
There were concerns over the ability of Newton to continue on the half hour after a clattering challenge in the middle of the park, and it even drew Dyer off the bench in anticipation but he was able to run off the knock and five minutes later he struck the back of the net with an audacious header from Mettam’s freekick which looped high over the covering defenders and advancing keeper before bouncing, striking the bar and rebounding into the goal much to the travelling contingents’ delight. (2-0, 35 mins)
Newton added his second of the afternoon less than three minutes later, stealing into the centre of the six yard box almost unseen to chest the ball past Jessup and into the net (3-0, 38 mins)
He nearly recorded a five minute hat-trick when the 40th minute ticked on but his glancing header from Green’s right wing ball skipped out past the far post. Belshaw took a knock at the end of the half before two minutes added time was shown and the first period ended on a fine first half performance from The Lambs.
Tamworth restarted the game with expectations high for more goals, and the travelling fans were rewarded with a strike after 48 minutes following Mettam’s centre which was only half cleared and fell to Racchi to side foot home from 18 yards into the bottom left corner of the net. (4-0, 48 mins)
Lowesftoft’s Jarvis could have reduced the arrears on 54 but his volley from 6 yards out went high over the target and on 62 tempers frayed in the Lambs half between Tomassen and Marsden who both received yellow cards for their altercation.
In his last contribution of the game before being replaced by Dyer, Mettam made a strong run and slipped the ball through the defence to Newton but Jessup closed him down and denied him his hat-trick.
Over the next six minutes Morrell made all three changes and there were more handbags on the field on 76 resulting in both Burns and Jarvis escaping a booking after a serious word from the referee.
From the deadball Green cleared but only as far as top scorer Reed who forced a corner, but play quickly switched to the other end and Dyer found Durrell who then found Roberts but his shot went behind for a corner which the home side quickly cleared.
In fact, a slip of concentration by Preston as the ball ran back down the field let Reed in with just Belshaw to beat but the Lambs keeper was not going to surrender his clean sheet that easily and pulled of a fine blocking save to deny him.
The final chances of the game were shared between Durrell who struck just wide from the edge of the box on 82 and Rossi Jarvis who let fly from distance and only just missed the crossbar.
There was just time for a booking for Smith after a foul on Durrell in the three minutes of added time, before the final whistle blew and made the long journey home a joyous one for the squad and fans alike.
Belshaw, Burns, Warlow, Racchi (Roberts 74), Tomassen, Preston, Durrell, Clarke, Newton (Davies 68), Mettam (Dyer 68), Green
Subs: Moulton, Morrell
Yellow: Tomassen 62
Lowestoft Town Team:
Jessup, Barker, Smith, Fisk, Ainsley, Nunn, Mason (Bammant HT), Rossi Jarvis (c.), Reed, Crow (Ryan Jarvis 68), Marsden (Okay HT)
Subs (4 only): Swatman
Yellow: Marsden 62, Smith 90+
Referee: Mr. C. Pollard