Following the away point at Fylde which extended the Lambs run of unbeaten games to four, Andy Morrell made two changes to the starting eleven to face Bradford Park Avenue. With Dave Hibbert ruled out through sickness and Jon Adams on the bench Kayden Jackson and Reece Styche took their places in the starting line up. Prior to the game, Avenue manager John Deacy was presented with the Vanarama Conference North manager of the month award for February.
Tamworth got the game underway attacking the Castle End in the first half and the first action of the game came in the seventh minute when Clarke fed Mettam down the left of the box and it took a good blocking save from Danby to prevent a powerful near post finish. Vidal shepherded the ball out of play for the first corner on 10 and the ball came in from the left from Pursehouse – who had been on trial with The Lamb in the pre-season – and Belshaw leapt to ensure it went out of play. Belshaw made a good stop from Dean to push his low shot past the post on 16 after a good ball through from Chilaka while at the other end a corner from Thornton was headed over his own bar by Ainge and the second flag kick was met by Styche but cleared and the return ball looked to be heading for Mettam but that too was knocked away. A freekick on the right from Thornton on 22 but the set piece that probably worked in training completely failed on the pitch, as did a freekick from Pursehouse that ended up in the conifers behind the Meadow Street end. Chilaka turned and fired low on the angle from 18 yards on 34 but it was easy for Belshaw to drop and smother the ball and King hit a low shot from the edge of the box on 36 but it was easy for the keeper. Wilkins needed some treatment and time to recover on the field on 43 after a clash in the middle of the park but was OK to come back on after the drop ball restarted play. After a short period of added time the half time whistle blew on the goalless proceedings.
HT: Tamworth 00 Bradford Park Avenue
Avenue restarted the match in the glorious but slowly dropping sun and a light breeze continued to blow up field in the direction of the Lambs forays towards goal. Vidal took a blow trying to head the ball away on 50 Dean who took a yellow card for his part in the collision, from the freekick The Lambs broke forward and Styche wriggled through to get into a good position to fire into the right hand side of the goal from 18 yards out and give Tamworth the lead (1-0, 51 mins) Four minutes later Mettam finished from a few feet out after good work from Kevin Thornton on the left that saw him cut the ball back for Mettam to net his third in three. Wilkins nearly opened his account for The Lambs with a 35 yard screamer that struck the bar on 66. After Sampson took a blow to the head and Boothman was booked for a late challenge on 69 another ‘tasty’ challenge set up Thornton with a freekick just outside the area on 70 but he struck the wall and Bradford unsuccessfully tried to break. Mettam forced a corner on 71 but it was just too high for Sampson at the far post and then more good work from Thornton set up Styche but his finish from the edge of the box took the ball over the bar by a few feet. At the other end, Colley struck into the arms of Belshaw on 77 and Taylor replaced Jackson on 80. A rare shot from the visitors came from Dean on 86 but Belshaw was happy to watch it over the bar. Mettam was replaced by Morrell on 90. Four minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and a Bradford freekick on the right wing from Boothman went out for a goalkick shortly before the whistle blew on another home win for The Lambs.
Belshaw, Vidal, Sampson, James, Smith D, Wilkins, Jackson (Taylor 80), Clarke, Mettam (Morrell 90), Styche, Thornton