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FT: Tamworth 0    3 Leamington

23 December 2017

After the previous weekends victory by the odd goal in seven Andy Morrell brought his side back to the EST Electrical Services Stadium to take on Leamington in the first clash between the two on the 3G surface with Bradley Scott Windows the match sponsors.
Morrell made two changes to the XI that defeated Bradford with new signing Joe Kettle and Bradley Reid starting while two new faces in Theo Wharton and Sam Aldhouse from the under 21s took places on the bench.
Leamington numbered a few ex Lambs in their ranks with Tony Breeden, Connor Gudger, Joes Clarke on the pitch and Pete Denham as physio.

Leamington kicked off, attacking the Castle End in the first half with the setting sun creating problems for the spectators in the main stand.
Gudger stole into the box and caused problems on 8 but prodded his shot under pressure well wide of the mark, at the other end Burns crossed from the right for Reid but his downward header was easy for Breeden to gather.
Knights tried to place his shot but it rose over the target on 11 after good work from Reid and Kotwica and the latter then shot from the right of the box but it was straight at the keeper.
Great interplay between Kotwica and Knights saw the latter receive a 1-2 in the box but Breeden was equal to it and denied the Lambs number 7 his first goal. After a strong of passes in and around the top end of midfield, Reid was flagged offside again as he just failed to beat the trap set by the visiting defence.
It was sprung in the next move but the threaded pass for Knights was just too strong. English was booked for a hefty challenge from behind on Taylor on 21 and Morley’s deadball was headed wide.
Burns was then booked for a push on the by-line and he conceded a corner which Leamington couldn’t capitalise on.
Kotwica put the ball into the net from close range on 27 but it didn’t count as the flag had long been up despite the best efforts of Taylor and Reid to get the ball around the goal and past Breeden.
Leamington were forced to make a change on 28 when Felix was unable to continue and was quite clearly struggling.
On 31 and almost out of nowhere the visitors broke forward and Bishop smashed it into the net from fully 25 yards, a strike into the top corner that no keeper would stop, but questions would undoubtedly be asked about the play that gave him space to shoot despite being half challenged by three or four players in the build up. (0-1)
Taylor appeared to have been upended in the box on 34 but the flag had already been raised so the spot kick couldn’t be given and Leamington raced to the other end and forced a corner.
Reid picked up a yellow for a late tackle on English in the left back position and Taylor made headway down the right on 43 but was tripped as he ran so Morley fired the deadball into the box and it was just missed by the head of Verma.
Leamington broke form the play and when Obeng drilled the ball low into the box Gittings finished it at the far post to make it 2-0 to the visitors.
Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the first half and there was no further action ntil the whistle blew.

HT: Tamworth 0    2 Leamington

The Lambs got the game back underway and fell further behind on 52 when some disastrous defending left Rowley exposed and Bishop able to nip in and take the ball around the keeper on the left of the area before firing it home on a tight angle at the near post. (0-3)
A ball from Knights set Taylor free in the left of the box on 63 and although he chipped it low and goalward it went out past the far post.
The Lambs first change game on 64 when Kotwica was replaced by Walters and he forced a corner with a right footed cross from the left on 67 which was headed towards goal by Jones and away by Gudger.
Dunbar struck low from distance and also wide of the left hand post on 68 and on 71 Wharton came on for his debut.
Walters was upended by Dunbar on 74 and got a talking to by the man in the middle as Knights ball into the box was taken at height by Breeden.
A telling block by Morley prevented Bishop from striking from the edge of the area on 68 although he did manage to get it away at the second attempt but Rowley was in the right place to parry it and catch the bounceback.
Bishop then put an angled drive from the right of the box past the far post a minute later and then Clarke was booked for a trip on Walters and the Knights picked up a card for tripping Dunbar on the half way line.
Kettle was tripped a yard or two outside the Leamington area on 82 and Morley struck the deadball but it curled over the target and into the Castle End terrace.
Knights forced a corner on the right on 86 which went long to Walters but Leamington eventually cleared the danger back to loan defender Deeney.
A Lambs corner on the left on 88 from Morley again went back to Deeney and the visitors made one final change before added time came into view.
No added time board was shown at the end of the second half so play continued until the final whistle blew on defeat by The Brakes.

Tamworth Team:

Rowley, Burns, Morley, Deeney, Jones (c.) Kettle, Kotwica (Walters 64), Verma, Taylor, Reid (Wharton 71), Knights
Subs: Ricketts, Shaw, Aldhouse

YC: Burns 22, Reid 41, Knights 80

Leamington Team:

Breeden, Taundry, Gudger, Clarke, Hood, English, Dunbar, Gittings (Magunda 89), Bishop, Edwards (Canavan 60), Felix (Obeng 28)
Subs: Mace, Revan

YC: English 21, Clarke 79, Gudger 90

Attendance: 708

Referee: Mr. J. Bell

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