Lambs take a point from the Villagers
08 November 2014Following the 4-2 thumping of Bradford Park Avenue away from home seven days previously, Andy Morrell brought his squad back to The Lamb, via a team building bowling session at Strykers in midweek, to face North Ferriby United.
After a horribly drizzly wet and rainy morning the game went ahead and had received some big billing in the week prior to kick off as fans and officials of both clubs remembered the FA Vase Semi Finals 25 years previously.
Although faces on the field had obviously changed, a lot of those behind the scenes and on the terraces remained and in a bid to try and engage the youngster of the town to come and support their local club the Tamworth FC Supporters Club worked with the Football Club to offer free admission to all U15s who attended the match.
After a minutes silence in commemoration of Remembrance Day The Villagers got the game underway but The Lambs quickly gained possession and pushed forward.
Inside the first five minutes though Belshaw was required to push a 25 yard driven shot from Bolder over the bar after Townsend had headed a dangerous left wing cross away from the six yard box.
A penalty was then awarded when Belshaw advanced to the edge of the box and although it looked like the ball had gone away from both players, the some contact appeared to be made and the referee has no hesitation in awarding a penalty which the ame player hit home down the middle. (0-1, 10 mins).
Belshaw was booked for his ‘foul’, as was Ferriby’s Black on 12 following a challenge on Thornton on the half way line. As Vidal tried to advance down the right wing on 17, he was upended by visiting captain Fry, but there was no card shown.
King hit a low shot into the welcoming arms of Belshaw on 23 and on 28 Thornton saw his name go into the book for a tackle inside his own half which resulted in a freekick onto the head of Denton but the ball was cleared quickly and Styche was able to get a shot on target from the left of the Ferriby box.
On 30 Daniels lost his boot in a tasty challenge but there was no card for already booked Black much to the disdain of the main stand home faithful.
Jarman flash the ball across the box on 35 and St. Juste connected but was unable to turn it goalward. But a second goal did come from a simple header from tall front man Denton from Black's right wing cross (0-2, 38 mins)
Taylor came on for a hobbling Thornton on 39 and was quickly booked by the referee and after a couple of minutes added time at the end of the half the referee blew time on proceedings.
The Lambs got the second half underway and on 48 Black was spoken to again for following a foul on Styche by the clubhouse but there was no second card for the visiting defender and Taylor put the freekick into the area before Daniels forced a corner on the opposite side.
Before the flag kick, Black was replaced with a timely substitution and when play restarted the dead ball came to nothing.
When Jackson was felled on 53 a freekick was handed to Daniels 35 yards from goal but he lifted the ball high and wide of the target.
Trainer left the field for Adams on 57 and eight minutes later The Lambs pulled one back when the ball came out to Clarke around 25 yards from goal and he struck a sweet driven, rising shot into the roof of the net that Nicklin was unable to prevent going past him. (1-2, 65 mins)
Preston came off the bench for an injured Townsend on 69 and when Gray flicked a boot out at Styche on 72 he became the fifth player of the afternoon to have his name taken by the referee.
On 75, when Gray brought down Styche, Anderson was booked for kicking the ball away and The Lambs took full advantage of the advantage as Smith stole in a yard out to convert Daniels’ deep freekick. (2-2, 76 mins)
A seventh booking came for Bolder on 85 and King flashed a shot across the face of the goal from the left to the right of the box.
King was booked for kicking the ball away on 87 and as the clock ticked down there was no way of predicting if either side could muster a winner and four minutes added time was shown which ended after a corner had been awarded but not taken.
Belshaw, Smith, Vidal, James, Townsend (Preston 69), Trainer (Adams 57), Thornton (Taylor 39), Clarke , Jackson, Styche, Daniels
Subs: Morrell, Hibbert
Yellow Cards: Belshaw 9, Thornton 28, Taylor 41
Red Cards: none
North Ferriby United Team:
Nicklin, Black (Peat 50), Wilde (Hone 81), King, Gray, Anderson, Bolder, Fry, Denton, Jarman, St. Juste (Yates 71)
Subs: Nicholson, D’Laryea Yellow Cards: Black 12, Gray 72, Anderson 75, Bolder 85, King 87
Red Cards: none
Man of the Match: TFCSC chose Dom Smith
Referee: Mr. R. Massey-Ellis