Ten men Lambs tame Tigers
06 September 2016
Andy Morrell made three changes to the starting eleven following Saturday’s home defeat to Chorley. Paul Green returned to take the captaincy, Greg Mills and Ross Dyer, making his 50th appearance, added a different dimension on the side from recent outings.
The Lambs got the game underway, attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half.
With Steve Claridge watching the Gloucestershire side form the stands (for Salisbury – their FA Cup opponents), the visitors started the game at a fast pace and won a corner on 5 but Belshaw was happy to gather it.
At the other end a Mills shot was deflected off the arms of Singh for a corner but the deadball went out past the far post despite attention from the Lambs forward line.
Another deep cross from the right from Burns was headed wide of the mark by Dyer on 10.
A freekick on the right of the box by Davies whistled over the bar on 15 and Mills drove a shot from the left forcing a block and corner on 17.
Then on 22, Newton hit a left footed strike from the left channel leaving Singh flatfooted and unable to respond as it nestle inside the left hand post. (1-0, 22 mins)
Mills cut around his marker in the right of the box on 32 but his shot rose and went past the post.
Then on 33 Newton mades it 2-0 with a low shot from the right of the box past the keeper and into the net inside the near post.
Dyer nearly made it 3-0 but his similar shot from a similar position went out past the far post.
On 34 Belshaw made his first real save of the game denying Katowica’s attempted long range lob with a finger tip save that saw the keeper clatter the Castle End post.
Newton couldn’t keep the ball under control to strike at goal on 40 after a bit of keepy uppy on the edge of the area, and his shot went high over the target. Three minutes added time were shown at the end of the first half, and Ezewele was unable to continue so Breslin replaced him in added time.
Gloucester got the game back underway having make two changes at half time and immediately went on the attack but after a quick flurry at Belshaw’s end, The Lambs started to exert pressure in the opposite direction.
A deep cross from Davies was taken down by Dyer on 53 but it was nipped away from him by the covering Gloucester defender and Mills forced a corner in the next move from Newton’s quick thinking.
Green saw his shot cleared off the line and the visitors advanced but Breslin made a superb challenge to deny the run of Parker. Another great tackle, this time from Lane, denied Parker’s run into the box on the hour and the corner came to nothing.
Katowica was booked for a foul on Tomassen on 64 and Taylor came on for Green on 67, with Belshaw taking the captains armband for the remainder.
A foul on the far side in front of the Shed on 70 saw a melee of players and the referee eventually booked Clarke and Hanks, but there were fears of a red for a time.
From the free kick Gloucester forced a corner and from the deadball Deaman headed home from close range in a packed area. (2-1, 73)
Then on 80, Tomassen was sent from the field of play after the linesman spotted something the referee didn’t, indicating shirt pulling as the Gloucester player advanced towards the box. Belshaw saved the freekick and Mills was replaced by Briscoe for the final 10.
Five minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and a quick break from Taylor and Davies to Briscoe nearly saw the latter net but he couldn’t force the ball home.
A tackle by Davies a yard out of the D set up City with a freekick on 93 which Hanks struck and Tamworth broke away with the keeper racing back. Newton squared for Davies who cut back and chipped it home to make it 3-1 on 95 and with that the whistle blew on three points for the ten men Lambs.
Belshaw, Burns, Lane, Green (c.) (Taylor 67), Tomassen, Ezewele (Breslin 45), Mills, Clarke, Newton, Dyer, Davies (Briscoe 80)
Subs: Morrell, Pace
Yellow card: Clarke 71, Davies 93
Red card: Tomassen 80
Gloucester City Team:
Singh, Thomas, Hall, Hamilton, Deaman, Knowles, Hanks, Dinsley (Fitzgibbon HT), Hopper (Dale 90), Katowica, Reid (HT)
Subs: Parker, Webb
Yellow card: Katowica 64, Hanks 71
Man of the Match: Joe Clarke
Referee: Mr. J. Hull