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Lowly Trinity bag all three points

FT: Tamworth 1    2 Gainsborough Trinity

07 October 2017

Almost a fortnight after the last Lambs outing Tamworth welcomed struggling Gainsborough to the EST Electrical Services stadium.
Andy Morrell made four changes to the eleven that had suffered defeat at FC United with Dan Jezeph returning in goal, and Callum Powell starting alongside Reece Styche and Regan Upton.

For the visitors, former Lamb Shane Clarke would be out to get one over his old club.

Tamworth got the game underway attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half and as early as the second minute The Lambs had half a chance to open the scoring but Verma’s shot was blocked by Evans. Jarman was able to fire a shot at goal on 6 and Jezeph had to be equal to it as it rose at him from 18 yards.
Knights made a strong run through the middle but had to find Powell with the ball and his shot was cleared on 14.
Styche then did similarly down the right and Burns forced a corner which was headed behind for one on the opposite side.
Powell went along the edge of the box and forced Ravas into a low save down to the keepers left on 23, and from the corner Styche nearly managed to get a shot away.
Powell was then upended on the left wing and Knights floated the dead ball into the box and it was scrambled behind for a right sided corner which Ravas caught at height.
Powell was involved again on 28, headed just past the far post with a brave effort from Styche’s pin point right wing cross.
Styche struck the woodwork on 30 with a lob from 20 yards which beat Ravas but it hit the underside of the bar and came back out.
Knights made a jinking diagonal run into the box on 34 but the Trinity defence were strong enough to get in the way and deny his shot reaching the target.
King burst into the box on 36 and forced a corner by the clubhouse which came to nothing, and then Davie was tripped on route to the box so Jarman struck the freekick and it took a deflection behind for another corner.
The Lambs broke forward quickly and Knights nodded the ball home but it had crossed the line before Powell had headed it back into the mix and so the ‘goal’ didn’t stand, but less than two minutes later The Lambs did take the lead.
Knights threaded the ball through to Styche through the middle and he made no mistake from the edge of the area with a low finish past Ravas. (1-0, 41 mins)
One minute added time was shown and Verma struck from distance but it was easy for Ravas to catch at chest height and the whistle blew on the first 45 minutes.

HT: Tamworth 1    0 Gainsborough Trinity

Trinity restarted proceedings, and The Lambs nearly doubled their lead when the ball went back towards Ravas and he missed his kick but recovered in time to stop if crossing the line.
From the ensuing play Jarman went one on one with Jezeph and although the keeper got a foot to the initial shot it ballooned up and Jarman nipped in to equalise from close range (1-1, 47 mins)
Curley came into the action on 57 after Lane landed awkwardly and was unable to continue. From the ensuing play Clarke struck for goal and a massive deflection took it high and it dropped on to the roof of the net.
Gainsborough continued to press and forced another flag kick which was headed wide of the far post on 63 by Jarman.
Powell was released down the right wing on 66 and took the ball into the box, but his shot whipped diagonally out past the left hand post.
A minute or two later Styche picked up the ball in a similar position and his lob cleared the target by only a few inches.
Styche and Curley exchanged passes to set the latter up with a chance of his own on 78 but he couldn’t get his foot around the ball enough to direct it between the post.
The Lambs fell behind on 83 when King found himself with time to send a pinpoint cross into the box from the right and Wells obliged with a perfectly placed low header into the net inside the near post (1-2, 83 mins)
Morrell made two changes in as many minutes as the time ticked down.
A deep freekick span off the wet surface and past the far post on 89 and four minutes added time was shown at the end of the game.
A yellow card was shown to Wells and then Lacey on 94 as The Lambs pushed forward one last time and Lacey’s foul on the edge of the area set up a freekick with eleven Trinity men behind the ball and although Styche forced a save from Ravas, the ball was cleared and the final whistle blew.

Tamworth Team:
Jezeph, Burns (Reid 84), Morley, Deeney, Jones (c.), Lane, Powell, Verma, Styche, Upton, Knights (Taylor 86)
Subs: Strong, Curley, Shaw
YC: (none)

Gainsborough Trinity Team:
Ravas, Lacey, Taylor, Evans (Wells HT), Dearle (Stainfield 50), Jacklin, Davie, Clarke, Jarman (c.), King, Hare
Subs: (three only) Miller
YC: Wells 94, Lacey 94

Attendance: 762

Man of the Match: Darryl Knights

Referee: Mr. Mullhall

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