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Lambs take the honours in goal-fest

FT: Bradford Park Avenue 3    4 Tamworth

16 December 2017

Seven days later than originally planned Tamworth travelled to the Horsfall Stadium to take on a 6th placed Avenue side who were unbeaten in their last four league games.
Every one of the previous seven meetings between the two sides had seen Andy Morrell making the team selections, and it was no different for the snow enforced rearranged tie.

Within 75 seconds of the game starting Taylor put The Lambs one goal to the good with a low shot from the right of the box after Knights initial shot had come back out of the angle. (1-0, 2 mins)
Avenue quickly countered though and Rowley had to be on his mettle to deny Boyes’ one on one from 12 yards out.
The home side drew level on 9 through Johnson who broke down the left and put a neat finish into the far corner from the edge of the area (1-1, 9 mins)
Coulson had to be helped from the pitch on 13 after a clatter on the Bradford right wing and brought Lambs U21 defender Ricketts into the game.
Kotwica whipped a cross in from the right on 25 and it bounced just over the head of Powell at the far post as both sides fought for supremacy in the cold wintry light.
A challenging run at The Lambs defence ended with a ball in from the left by Clee which was lifted high and wide by Johnson on 32.
Taylor didn’t manage to hit the back of the net with a shot from the left of the box on 35 which whipped out just past the right hand post, but in the next move Powell looked up and picked his spot from 30 yards into the bottom right corner with a low strike past Drench (2-1, 36 mins)
Kotwica tried to drive the ball home from the left of the area on 41 but it went out past the far post (again).
Former Lambs Vidal forced a corner on the right on 44 Knights booted it clear but Avenue kept u[ the pressure ending with Rowley grasping a high cross from Brooksby at his far post under pressure.
Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the first half and after a long Rowley freekick the referee called half time.

HT: Bradford Park Avenue 1    2 Tamworth

After a half time warm up, things got even better for Tamworth when a deft header over the advancing keeper from Aman Verma made it 3-1 seven minutes into the second period and despite some pressure from the home side Tamworth kept on going and Ricketts was handed a debut goal with 15 to play courtesy of a snap finish from the edge of the box.
At 4-1 up away from home and perhaps sensing more goals, Morrell decided to add fresh legs to the Lambs attack but this seemed to unbalance the side a little and it almost backfired as Avenue substitute Adam Nowakowski pulled one back from close range in the next move.
As Bradford pushed on again, a drive into the box was handled by Ricketts and gave the referee no choice but to allow Johnson to notch his second of the game from the penalty spot to set up a tense last 10 minutes with the lead reduced from three to just one.
As the minutes ticked down Avenue pushed up strongly and Powell blotted his copybook with a needless yellow card followed quickly by a dubious yellow card in the space of a couple of minutes resulting in a red card and an impending ban but all that besides this was a thoroughly enjoyable Lambs run out and hopefully one that will be see the momentum taken through into the busy festive period.

Tamworth Team:

Rowley, Burns, Morley, Deeney, Jones (c.), Coulson (Ricketts 14), Powell, Verma, Taylor (Reid 75), Kotwica, Knights
Subs: Shaw, Walters, Pegg

YC: Powell 89, 90+2 (sent off)

Bradford Park Avenue Team:
Drench, Vidal, Hill (Knight 90), Wroe (c.) (Boshell 78), Killock, Havern, Brooksby (Nowkowski 75), Spencer, Boyes, Johnson, Clee
Subs: Toulson, Hall

Attendance: 345

Man of the Match: BPA chose the Away MOM as Drew Ricketts

Referee: Mr D. McNamara

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