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Last minute Lambs take the points

FT: York City 2    3 Tamworth

28 October 2017

Tamworth arrived at Bootham Crescent on the back of five defeats, falling out of the FA Cup, B’ham Senior Cup and three league games,
Ben Fox returned to the club for his second spell and took a starting spot for the injured Aman Verma.

Five and a half years since their last visit, in the yellow away kit, The Lambs got the game underway and home debutant keeper Peakock-Farrell got his first touch and kick when the ball ran out of play.
City forced a corner on 7 after Taylor was unable to completely clear or block the danger way but former Lambs Moke and Heslop were unable to do more than work the ball back to Rowley.
Styche chased a ball into the box on 9 but slid into the City keeper and left both needed treatment, earning himself a booking in the process and the wrath of the home faithful behind the goal too.
Whittle knocked the ball over his own byline on 16 for a Lambs first flagkick and Morley’s ball caused problems but Parkin hooked it away Connolly spotted an opening from the edge of the box on 18, hooking the ball goalward with Rowley out of position, but missed the target and the return ball in was taken at height by the keeper.
The home side then started to move the ball around nicely on the floor and Tamworth were left chasing scraps or defending strongly to disrupt them. It wasn’t all one way traffic though and Morley was having a good push up the right when he could but inevitably ran into a brick wall or his long passes were cut out.
Burns conceded a freekick on the York left wing on 27 which Law floated into the box for Gray and his header went back to Rowley.
On 31 Deeney had the first real chance for The Lambs, a shot from 25 yards out that beat the fingertips of Peacock-Farrell but clipped the top of the cross bar.
The Lambs then upped their game and on 26 a perfectly weighted through ball saw Styche beat the offside trap, advance on goal and slot past the keeper at his near post to give the travelling faithful something to cheer about! (1-0, 36 mins)
Jones pull back on Gray set up City with a freekick on the left of the D on 39 which Law hit right footed and Jones headed away.
Helsop then fed Connolly who fed it through to Whittle on the overlap down the left on 41 but his cross box shot went out just past the far post.
Styche tried an audacious lob from the halfway line but it was never going to beat the keeper who watched it all the way into his arms as the wind helped it hold up.
Burns did just enough to disrupt Connolly’s run into the box and clear the ball away in the two minutes of added time, but York were also given a freekick on the left wing which Law fired into the area, although a push ruled out any play before the whistle blew on half time.

HT: York City 0    1 Tamworth

York restarted proceedings after a change in the weather during the break from occasional blue skies and sun to cold wind and rain under a grey roof.
They went on the attack and Parkin headed the ball into the box but Rowley gathered it quite easily.
Tamworth pushed up the field and when the ball was threaded through to Styche on the edge of the area again he took great delight in taking a touch before slotting it home inside the right hand upright for his 10th of the season and the lambs second (2-0, 48 mins)
The Minstermen made a double change on 53 and it gave them a renewed sense of urgency, with Law whipping in a dangerous ball on 55 which had to be dealt with, but Gray was able to put the ball into the net after a cross from the right was not cleared effectively on 56.
Styche almost turned provider on 59 but his ball into the area for knights was headed away as he shaped to nod it home.
Styche was replaced by Reid on 61 and when he ran onto a ball towards the box on 63 Ferguson pulled him back from behind earning himself a straight red card in the process.
Knight freekick curled just past the right hand post. Morley conceded a freekick on the right on 68 and from it the ball was whipped in, flicked on and bounced kindly for Rowe to head home at the far post the equaliser, on his home debut (2-2, 68 mins)
City’s Almond was forced to leave the field 20 minutes after coming on when he clashed with Morley in the box and looked to have badly hurt his wrist in the process.
Fox released Burns on the right of the box on 74 but he was quickly closed down and his shot rose high and wide of the target. Another move out of their own half resulted in Burns picking up the ball on the right on 77 and he in turn found Deeney but the resultant shot was wayward.
Fox struck low from 30 yards on 79 but it was taken well by the City keeper and City pushed forward with every opportunity forcing The Lambs to defend strongly and quickly.
A cross from the left fell for Parkin on 86 and his shot struck the Tamworth defence but a penalty was waved away and then Rowley’s clearance came back off Morgan-Smith and thankfully rolled out well short of the goalmouth.
Tamworth broke and Powell received the ball on the right, beat his man and played it square to Knights on the edge of the box who’s scuffed shot found it’s way in off the far post to send the Lambs bench into a state of ecstasy. (3-2, 90 mins)
Six minutes added time was shown and with the ball in the corners The Lambs took the three points at the final whistle.

Tamworth Team:

Rowley, Burns, Morley, Deeney, Jones (c.), Coulson, Upton, Fox, Styche (Reid 61), Taylor (Powell 83), Knights
Subs: Curley, Strong, Shaw

YC: Styche 10

York City Team:

Peakcock-Farnell, Law, Whittle (Rowe 53), Newton (c.), Parslow, Moke, Ferguson, Heslop, Parkin, Gray (Almond 53, Morgan-Smith 73), Connolly
Subs: Wharton, Simpson

YC: Ferguson 63

Attendance: 2605

Referee: Mr. Aaron Jackson

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