Lambs take the second half spoils
02 April 2016
Despite two defeats in two games, the announcement of next season’s venture onto 3G meant that the atmosphere around the ground was a buoyant one as they welcomed fellow play off chasers Chorley to The Lamb.
Andy Morrell made two changes to the side that fell to Boston, handing Kaid Mohamed his starting debut and bringing Lee Smith into the starting eleven with Connor Taylor taking a place on the bench and Paul Green sitting out with a recurrence of his troublesome knee.
Chorley in their away lime green kit, rather than their home black and white stripes, got the game underway attacking the Castle End and forced a couple of early corners.
Inside the third minute, a one footed save by Chorley keeper Ashton denied Newton after a good flick over the back four by Mohamed set him up with a left footed strike from the left of the box.
On 7, Deeney fed Mohamed on the edge of the area and he struck low to the keeper’s right but struck the bottom of the post and Durrell was just offside when the rebound came to him.
A foul on Durrell on 11 set up the same player with a strike from 25 yards in the right channel and Preston just couldn’t get his head to it.
Connorton had the first half chance for the visitors on 17, a right footed volley from the edge of the area that was easy for Belshaw to take on his goalline and Belshaw saved low at his near post to deny Stephenson’s left footed shot on 20.
At the other end Durrell forced Ashton to push the ball behind for a corner and took the corner on the right which was headed clear. Cottrell picked up a yellow card on 24 for pulling Durrell back as he tried to go over the halfway line, and Dyer was booked for a challenge on former Lamb Teague, but the main stand definitely didn’t agree with the decision. Durrell span the ball past the right hand upright after good combination forward play with Mohamed on 33.
Chorley enjoyed the ball a lot more for the next five minutes or so but Teague was unable to get a decent shot away when he found himself in time and space on the right of the area on 39.
The ball was whipped from the left on 41 and Mohamed struck it on the volley but it rose high over the target from right to left and at the other end Beesley struck well wide of the mark from the left of the box.
The Lambs survived a golden opportunity for the visitors on 43 when Stephenson received the ball from Connerton six yards from goal but somehow missed the target.
Two minutes added time were shown at the end of the first half and Mohamed’s rolling shot from 20 yards looked to be the closest that either side got to taking the lead at the break until Cottrell struck from left of the box forcing Belshaw into a flying save to deny him before the whistle blew.
Tamworth restarted the match, attacking the Castle End in the second half, but on 50 Teague's header off the underside of the bar didn't cross the line and was hooked away so it remained 0-0.
Burns forced a corner on 53 and when the ball was played back into the area Dyer struck from the right of the box and his shot went in off the near post to open the scoring. (1-0, 54 mins)
A great stop from Belshaw denied Evans on 64, his block on the line preventing the Chorley sub from getting his team back into the game.
There was a chance for a drinks break when Preston needed some treatment on the edge of the area, feeling a twinge, before coming back on and clearing the danger when a Chorley attack was headed out of the box.
A corner from the right was met by the head of Dyer on 70, but he rose too soon and was unable to keep it down. Evans flicked the ball from the right of the box to Stephenson and it was only because he didn’t get decent contact that Belshaw was able to gather the loose ball and not have to pick it out of the back of the net on 79.
As the minutes ticked by Chorley pressed hard up the field but a chance presented itself when Smith pushed the ball through to Mohamed and his shot from a tight angle was headed away by Charnock.
The Dyer was brought down in the box on 86 and Durrell stepped up and sent Ashton the wrong way from the penalty spot (2-0, 86 mins)
Four minutes added time was shown at the end of the game as Carter came on for Smith ad Stephenson managed to squeeze the ball home from the right of the box to set up a tense finish (2-1, 94 mins) before the final whistle blew.
Belshaw, Burns, Dyer R, Deeney, Tomassen, Preston, Durrell (Dyer J 93), Smith (Carter 91), Newton (Taylor 86), Mohamed, Strong
Subs:, Morrell, Hubbins
Yellow: Dyer 28
Ashton, Ross, Beesley (Jarvis 67), Teague, Charnock, Meppen-Walter (Dorney 72), Roscoe, Witham, Connorton (Evans 60), Stephenson, Cottrell
Subs: Correia, Lynch
Yellow: Cottrell 24
Referee: Mr. D. Richardson