Morrell makes the difference
11 October 2014After Tuesday’s home defeat to Fylde Andy Morrell’s side were quickly back in action against fellow Vanarama Conference North side Lowestoft Town. The Lambs and the Trawler Boys last met in 1993 in the FA Cup with the visitors wining the 3-2 match at Crown Meadow with Russ Gordon netting a brace in the game.
This time around, Morrell was short on numbers and with Dave Hibbert still recovering from a knock to the head in midweek Shane Clarke came into the starting eleven along with Connor Taylor.
Tamworth got the first half underway, attacking the Castle End of the ground. With the match unsegregated most of the fans were stationed in the sunshine behind the goal and only a handful of travelling supporters stood in the Meadow Street end.
After a disjointed start to proceedings including a couple of lengthy stoppages for injuries to the visiting team, on 11, Mettam's through ball found Jackson with the keeper beaten but the covering defenders protected the post from the resulting shot.
Taylor’s speculative low placed and slow paced shot on 15 somehow fooled the tall keeper and Jessop fumbled the ball before recovering.
And James appeared to push Henderson over in the area on 18 but nothing was given by the referee and a few shouts of disbelief came from the travelling faithful, but there was little in the way of appeal from their team. On 31 minutes Taylor struck low from 20 yards and struck the outside base of the left hand upright with Jessop unaware of the incoming snap shot.
Jessop then flicked the ball away from danger when James fed Daniels on the left of the box and the latter lifted the ball into the danger area.
Woods-Garness thought he had finished a move over the half way line with a good finish but he and the referee hadn’t noticed the offside flag had been raised long before he struck powerfully past Belshaw on 43.
Taylor found Jackson in the area on 44 but the attempted shot was blocked and when Daniels was brought down by Radomski on 45 it set up Mettam with the dead ball from 25 yards but his shot struck the wall and Adams return ball was taken at height by Jessop.
A very good defensive header from Smith prevented Bamnant in added time at the end of the half and a corner was forced at the other end by the persistence of Jackson at the near post but the flag kick went too long and out for a goal kick.
After the Lambs first, first half clean sheet since the home game v Stockport on August 16, the visitors got the second half underway.
On 52 Mettam stole in and nearly put The Lambs in front from Daniel’s threaded through ball but his flick shot at the near post went wide.
Much travelled striker Louis was the first sub of the afternoon on 63 but Woods-Garness was the first player with a shot of the second half from a volley from 18 yards on 66 which Belshaw was happy to watch it go wide of the mark.
On 70 the woodwork prevent The Lambs once again as Mettam's left sided shot cannoned back off the left hand upright and Clarke's follow up was cleared to maintain the deadlock.
Mettam lifted the ball through for Jackson to sprint onto on 72 but Jessop was quick out of his blocks and a minute later Mettam sprinted through onto James’ through ball but went down under pressure and was unable to continue, to be replaced by Lambs boss Morrell and he set up Brendon Daniels in the 79th minute on the edge of the area to side-foot home from 16 yards and give The Lambs the lead. (1-0)
After a couple of changes and a booking for Taylor on 83 Preston connected with a deep cross from the right but his header, although cleared off the line, would have been ruled out for offside. Daniels nearly added his second on 87 when Morrell pushed the ball through into the box but the keeper pushed away for a corner on the left.
Four minutes of added time were shown and when the ball came out for Clarke to strike he was unable to keep his shot down.
Belshaw, Smith, Clarke, James, Preston, Green (c.), Taylor, Adams (Trainer 82), Jackson, Mettam (Morrell 75), Daniels
Subs (6 of 7 only): Vidal, Gill, Amenku, Purdie
Lowestoft Town Team:
Jessop, Marsden, Smith, Fisk, Ainsley, Gaughran, Henderson, Radomski, Bamant (Louis 63), Woods-Garness (Zielonka 90+), Eagle (Davis 81)
Subs (3 of 7 only): all used
Man of the Match: Dom Smith
Referee: Mr. D. Meeson