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Lambs take three points from Quakers

FT: Darlington 1883 0    1 Tamworth

18 November 2017

Tamworth travelled to Blackwell Meadows for their next league encounter, with the main news chattering around the clubhouse was the lack of Reece Styche on the Tamworth line up as it looked certain that he would move to join the day’s opponents with Tommy Wright at Darlington for an (undisclosed at the time) fee. This meant that Andy Morrell was without his leading goalscorer (10 goals from 14 appearances), and so made two changes to the side that narrowly lost to Salford City seven days previously with Coulson taking a place on the bench as Upton returned to the side.

Tamworth got the game underway and former Lamb Mills was clattered to the ground in the early exchanges, giving Darlo a freekick on the left wing.
An early shot from Caton was deflected behind for a home corner on the right on 4 which was cleared but another niggly freekick was conceded which went long and out for a goal kick.
Thompson went on a mazy run into the box on 6 until Burns put it behind for a corner on the left which Rowley caught under the bar.
Morley, making his 50th appearance, fed Knights down the left on 7 and the ball came back to the left back to put it into the danger area but it was nodded long and out for a throw.
A long throw from the right fell to Gillies on 9 but his snap shot went high over the bar as Darlington continued to keep the Lambs pegged back with long throws forming part of their arsenal.
After a few niggly challenges over the half way line, one on Knights was on too many and Morley launched the deadball from the left into the box but play was stopped for the offside flag,
Deeney made a move upfield on 14 and forced a throw on the left after taking on home captain Brown, but it was flicked on, went long and out at the far side.
Upton was booked for a foul on the Darlo left wing and from Thompson’s freekick Rowley had to be switched on to deal with the high ball and catch it under his bar.
Another Darlo freekick was given on 21 and Collins got up to head it goalward, but Burns turned it behind for a corner.
A rare Lambs foray on 24 resulted in Fox picking up the ball on the left of the area and he went down under the challenge of the Darlo defence but the referee was not having any of it.
Play quickly switched to the other end and Mills forced a corner on the left which Rowley gathered. Morley then did likewise at the other end and Knight’s flag kick saw Wilczynski flap at the high ball and force him a long way out of his area before clearing the danger.
A right sided cross from Trotman fell onto the head of Syers but he couldn’t keep it down and Rowley was not threatened, but the six yard area definitely had been.
Morley, Reid and Deeney combined to get the ball into the area down the left on 33 with some purposeful interplay but Wilzczynski was quickest to smother the loose ball.
Knights curled the ball past the right hand post on 35 with a right footed shot that probably would have sneaked past the keeper but didn’t! Rowley caught a header from Syers on 44 as the home side exerted some pressure including a couple of corners, and one minute added time was shown at the end of the first half.

HT: Darlington 1883 0    0 Tamworth

The Quakers got the second half underway and the game looked to be heading much in the same way with spells of Darlington pressure and quick breaks from The Lambs.
The first chance of the half came on 52 when Mills was released into the box and struck low from the left on the angle which Rowley stopped at his near post.
Then on 54 Thompson struck from distance and Rowley was forced to push it round the post. At the other end on 57 Verma worked his way into the area but his ball was long for Morley.
Tamworth worked it back into the box and Burns found himself in the right place to hard the ball towards goal but it was a little too much to ask of the defender to test the keeper.
A corner was awarded and Tamworth kept control of the game as play continued and Fox’s 61st minute cross was blocked out for a corner on the left.
The flag kick was punched away from under the post by the keeper and Darlo broke forwards with Caton whipping a long cross over the box but the Lambs won the ball back and regained control.
Taylor replaced Reid with 20 to play putting him alongside Knights up front but at the other end, Trotman was denied a shot by Jones’ well timed tackle and a corner from the right was swung in and punched away by Rowley then hooked clear by Lane. From the throw Deeney burst onto the loose ball, made his way into the Darlington half and released Knights into the area and his finish into the far corner put the Lambs 1-0 up (1-0, 72 mins)
Fox curled a shot wide of the far post on 75 as The Lambs exploited the Darlington push upfield, and then a trip by Upton at the other end set up Darlington with a deadball from 25 yards out and Wheatley struck the bar with the freekick.
Thompson picked up a booking for a stray elbow against Burns on 84. Powell burst into the box from the left on 85 and forced the keeper to push it away from danger with Taylor racing in but not quite close enough.
Fox was caught in the middle of the park and hobbled back into action as the minutes ticked down and the play became fractupous as Darlington pushed forwards with a corner.
The ball came in and Rowley denied Saunders close range header with a superb save to keep the Lambs in the lead.
Darlington broke through and Syers leaned back when well placed, lifting the ball high over the target as the headlines flashed up in front of him!
Three minutes added time were shown at the end of the game and Burns picked up a booking for a rugby tackle on Thompson who then tried his luck but only found the grateful arms of Rowley.

Thanks to Darlington for the highlights.

Tamworth Team:

Rowley, Burns, Morley, Deeney, Jones (c.), Lane, Upton, Fox, Reid (Taylor 69), Verma, Knights (Powell 81)
Subs: Coulson, Shaw, Hayden

YC: Upton 18

Darlington 1883 Team:

Wilczynski, Trotman, Galbraith, Wheatley, Collins, Brown (c.), Mills, Syers, Caton, Gillies (Saunders 82), Thompson
Subs: Scott, Bancroft, Portas, Heaton

YC: Thompson 84

Attendance: 1246

Referee: Mr. D. Hulme

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