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FT: Curzon Ashton 1    0 Tamworth

24 March 2018

After a couple of very encouraging home games Mike Fowler brought his 17th placed Lambs to the Tameside Stadium, to face 19th placed Curzon in a crunch game as the games continued to tick down.
Fowler made one change to the side that had secured a point against the then league leaders, Harrogate, seven days previously with Luke Jones being replaced by Regan Upton, playing his first game for The Lambs since 28 November, having returned from a loan spell at Sutton Coldfield.

After the sprinklers watered the pitch ahead of kick off, Curzon got the game underway and after five minutes of neither side being able to claim the upperhand in the early exchanges, the Nash forced a corner on the right which Walker swung into the area but it was too high and went out past the far post.
At the other end a foul on Shaw allowed Upton to float the dead ball into the box from the half way line and Verma got his boot to it an flicked it towards goal but it was never going to beat keeper Mason.
On 12 Sharpe struck from distance and struck the outside of left hand post with Mason in mid air and on 14 Dunwoody struck similarly but it wasn’t quite as on target, skipping out past the post. A good passage of playing involving Verma and Knights ended with Knights final ball but did show the travelling Lambs fans the intent they were looking for.
And then on 18 Burns made light work of the Curzon left back and pulled the ball back into the box but Taylor’s shot, which seemed to be going off target, was cleared over his own bar by Rowney.
A threaded through ball from Asante to Knights resulted in a shot at Mason on 20 and the latter was beaten by the offside flag on 23 when it looked like he would go one on one with the keeper.
On 26 Upton was shown a retrospective yellow card following a crunching tackle during a Curzon attack with resulted in a shot wide of the mark by Rowney and the referee pulled the defender to one side to take his name. Dunwoody received the ball in the box after a good passage of play out of the Curzon midfield around the half hour mark, but his final shot was left wanting and failed to trouble Stevens.
As The Lambs pushed up field, Asante lunged into the loose ball and a Curzon defender, earning his the second booking of the game on 35.
On 42, the linesman spotted an infringement so Knights stepped up on the right to swing the ball into the box and it fell straight onto the head of Asante but he couldn’t get it past Mason who received it gratefully in his arms.
A strong run by Guest into the box saw the ball cut back into the box and it was only because Lane got his boot to it first that it didn’t get smashed into the back of the net from a yard out shortly before the half time whistle blew.

HT: Curzon Ashton 0    0 Tamworth

With the light levels droppings Tamworth restarted proceedings and the floodlights flicked into life around the ground.
It took a while for the game to really get going although Tamworth pushed forwards for the opening 8 minutes and kept the ball over the halfway line for prolonged periods.
But a quick break by Curzon saw the ball go through to Dunwoody, and his cut back into the box to Walker set him up to pick a sidefooted spot past Stevens to give the home side the lead.
Angus came on for his debut, replacing Upton on 55 and a strong run down the right into the box on 61 saw him drill the ball into the six yard box but a combination of defender and keeper prevented it from reaching Asante.
Sharpe made a strong clearance to disrupt a Curzon Ashton attack on 63 with Wharton bearing down on the centre of the box where the cross was headed.
A chipped pass to Angus on the edge of the box on 67 resulted in a difficult but on target shot from the striker, but it was straight at the keeper.
Substitute Donohue whipped the ball into the path of Knights but his shot at goal 8 yards out on 68 was straight at the keeper again.
A foul on Burns on the right wing gave Knights the deadball on 72 and it was met by the head of Verma but he arrived quickly and couldn’t keep it down under the bar.
Brooke was booked for a kick at Lane on 75 and from the freekick Tamworth pushed forward, ending with a low drive from Shaw which caused problems in the box but was ultimately cleared.
A low drive by former Lambs Baker was well saved by Stevens and pushed out for a corner on 80. Stevens bundled the Curzon forward over on 82 and the referee awarded a penalty which Walker curled past the left hand post to give The Lambs a lifeline.
A crossed whipped in from the right somehow eluded every Tamworth player in the box much to the annoyance of the Lambs dugout, and a corner in added time saw Stevens come up and leave Burns at the back but Davies shot was taken at height by Mason as four minutes added time was shown.
Another corner was headed by Lane but it was well wide of the mark.

Tamworth Team:

Stevens, Burns, Sharpe, Kettle, Upton (Angus 55), Lane, Taylor (Donohue 68), Shaw T, Asante, Verma (c.), Knights (Davies 76)
Subs: Powell, Morley

YC: Upton 26, Asante 35

Curzon Ashton Team:

Mason, Bailie, Guest, Hunt (c.), Shaw, Regan, Rowney (Brooke 67), Walker, Wharton, Dunwoody (Baker 76), McKenna (Beesley 87)
Subs: Clark, Thornley

YC: Brooke 74

Attendance: 323

Referee: Mr. J. Bell

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