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Rollercoaster ride ends on a low

FT: Tamworth 3    4 Chorley

21 April 2018

With just two games remaining, Mike Fowler looked to his side to take the points to try and get themselves out of the relegation zone against promotion play off chasing Chorley, who would be playing their fourth game of the week, in the final home game of the season at The Lamb.

Fowler made one change to the side that ran out at Kidderminster with Upton replacing Kettle in defence.
Tamworth kicked the game off attacking Meadow Street End in the first half as light rain fell on The Lamb.
Despite the fast pace to the game there were limited chances in the final third for either team in the opening 15 minutes.
Then on 16 a strong run out of defence by Taylor saw him travel over the half way line and thread the ball through to Angus whose initial shot struck keeper Urwin then rebounded off his body past the keeper and into the back of the net to lift the roof on The Lamb (1-0, mins)
With Chorley looking for a quick way back into the game when a half chance broke down their left wing and the ball bobbled up a Blakeman was sent off for his follow through challenge on Burns.
In the ensuing melee Upton got embroiled more than he should have done and also received his marching orders. A clearance from Lane found Angus free to run into the box on 29 but he was closed down quickly and forced a corner on the left which Verma couldn’t drag back into the box.
A deep freekick from Donohue on 34 was met by Urwin with Verma bearing down on him, and at the other end the closest Chorley had come so far came via a low shot from Newby on 38.
On 43 O’Keefe let fly from distance and it curled just past the outside of the left hand post with Stevens in full flight.
Two minutes added time were shown at the end of the first half and there were no further incidents before the whistle blew.

HT: Tamworth 1    0 Chorley

Tamworth restarted proceedings but on 50 The Lambs conceded when a whipped in ball from the right was turned past Stevens by Burns for an own goal after Hughes had missed finishing it himself by a whisker. (1-1, 50 mins)
On 56 The Lambs took the lead back after a break out of midfield by Knights and a square ball into the path of Asante with Urwin coming out set up the striker with a dinked finish from 12 yards. (2-1, 56 mins)
Four minutes later Tamworth extended their lead even further via Jones’ far post header from Knight’s left sided freekick (3-1, 60 mins)
But on 62 The Lambs found themselves pegged back and O’Keefe struck from 20 yards inside the right hand post (3-2, 62 mins)
Three minutes later and it was all square again when O’Keefe headed home at the far post (3-3, 65 mins)
Chorley notched their fourth of the afternoon on 77 when Carver received the ball at his feet inside the area and slotted it past Stevens’ in off the right hand upright (3-4, 77 mins)
Carver almost got his header from a high misclearance from Morley on target on 84 and it dropped onto the roof of the net with Stevens at full stretch.
In the four minutes added time, Donohue floated a cross to the far post from the right of the box on 93 and although Reid’s header was well saved by Urwin he couldn’t keep the rebound inside the target and put it wide of the far post.

Tamworth Team:

Stevens, Burns, Sharpe (Morley HT), Upton, Jones, (c.), Lane, Taylor, Verma, Angus (Asante 51), Taylor, Knights (Reid 70)
Subs: Coulson, Jezeph

RC: Upton 20 

Chorley Team:

Urwin, Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c.), Anson, Jordan (Molyneux 25), Newby (Brewster 87), Whitham, Carver Hughes (Cottrell 82), O’Keefe
Subs: Walker, Darr

YC: Carver 63
RC: Blakeman 20

Attendance: 732

Man of the Match: Macron chose Connor Taylor

Referee: Mr. James OLDHAM

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