Lambs tame in form Tigers
20 February 2016
Lambs boss Andy Morrell was looking to his side to take advantage of their return to winning ways in midweek against Curzon to get more points on the board and play for pride (and a contract!) in the final 10 weeks of the season when they visited Whaddon Road to face ground sharing Gloucester City.
The Tigers came into the game having lost just two in their last 10 games which had moved them out of the relegation zone with some force in recent weeks to a respectable 11th place compared to Tamworth’s current 7th spot.
The Lambs were without Leon Mettam (injured v Curzon) and Dan Preston (suspended for one game) so Morrell made 2 changes to the side, bringing in 19 year old Louis Ezewele back off loan and Connor Taylor into the starting eleven. This had the knock on effect that Morrell was forced to name himself on the bench.
Tamworth, in white shirts and red shorts kicked off proceedings under referee Sarah Garratt’s instruction on a damp League 2 pitch which became increasingly sodden as the drizzly rain fell and the minutes ticked on.
Durrell slid the ball through for Taylor to burst onto on 9 but keeper Singh was quickest out of his blocks and cleared the danger.
Belshaw punched a dangerous cross from Green (Mike for GC) away from danger on 10 but neither keeper was really troubled by any passages of play over the next ten minutes as play pinged back and forth over the halfway line.
Burns felled Hall in the right back position on 24 and picked up a yellow card on 24 and Green (Paul) took control to clear the danger from the area.
A mistake by Belshaw on 25 saw him leave his area and slip up but the shot from the gratefully receiving Hall was on an increasingly tight angle and cleared away.
Newton played the ball in from the left to Dyer in the middle set up Durrell on the half hour, but his shot rose over the bar from 18 yards out and Strong forced Singh to make a low save in the next move, with a drive from 25 yards out.
Strong was on hand to clear the ball away from Williams’ incoming run at the second attempt on 38 and Ezewele was forced to clear behind for a corner on 43 from the same player’s right wing cross. Belshaw took the dead ball at height, and released Taylor with the clearance, but the flag denied his run towards Singh’s goal before the half time whistle blew.
Gloucester restarted the match with the rain having stopped during the interval and on the tricky surface Newton got the first shot of the half away on 50 but his effort from the left channel on the edge of the area went harmlessly wide of the mark.
Hall struck a long range effort straight into the arms of Belshaw on 56 as play continued to rotate around the halfway line.
Newton forced a corner after Singh came sliding out on 64 and when the flag kick was cleared, the ball came to him from the resulting throw in from Tomassen but he fired over the bar from 12 yards.
Tomassen recovered his initial slip to deny Hall’s run into the box on 67 amid protests of an over forceful shoulder to shoulder challenge on the home striker.
The Lambs broke the deadlock on 70 when Taylor fired home from 12 yards after Deeney made headway down the left wing and into the box.
His low ball into the danger area was knocked away but only as far as Taylor’s right foot which made no mistake with a placed finish past Singh and the covering defenders (1-0, 70 mins)
But it took only three minutes for the home side to equalise when the ball came in from the left and a header from Williams was parried by Belshaw, but only as far as Parker who slid in to make it all square (1-1, 73 mins)
Durrell’s hard work and half volley forced a save from Singh on 79 which Newton was almost able to pounce on, but the keeper denied him twice.
A deep freekick following a foul on Ezewele came to nothing and Taylor was replaced by Fox on 84.
Belshaw denied Dale’s angled drive with his feet on 84 and protected his post with a strong punch from the corner before being bundled in the net with the ball in his hands from another corner on the opposite side a minute later. (no goal!)
Newton protested when a sandwich forced a tumble in the box on 89 but the referee was having none of it.
But a penalty was awarded in added time when Newton was tripped allowing Deeney to step up and win it for The Lambs from the penalty spot as Cundy saw red for his part in the incident. (1-2, 90+)
Belshaw, Burns, Dyer, Deeney, Tomassen Ezewele, Durrell (Smith 90), Green, Newton, Taylor (Fox 84), Strong
Subs: Moutlon, Pace, Morrell
Yellow: Burns 24
Gloucester City Team:
Singh, Green, Jones, Cundy, Avery, Knowles, Webb, Hanks, Williams, Parker (Dale 82), Hall (Sterling-James 82)
Subs: Richards, Hamilton, Dinsley
Yellow: Webb 71
Red: Cundy 90
Referee: Ms. S. Garratt