Three points and four goals as Town see red
17 April 2017
48 hours after the goalless trip to Bradford PA, Tamworth returned to the GST Gas Services Tamworth stadium at The Lamb and welcomes Alfreton Town for penultimate home game of the season.
Andy Morrell made five changes to the side that ran out at the Horsfall Stadium with Paul Green returning to the side as captain and Brandon Fox, Ben Fox, Reece Styche and Connor Taylor making the five.
With Watford striker Troy Deeney watching his brother from the main stand, Alfreton got the game underway, attacking the Meadow Street end in the first half.
A humungous throw from Heaton was met with a good header in the box on 7 which went over Jezeph’s bar.
At the other end Newton struck the right hand post with a low angled shot from 8 yards outside the box.
A run by Brandon Fox was halted with a challenge on the left of the area and Ben Fox struck it into the box but it was cleared and Burn’s ball back into the box was easy for Spiess to take.
A strike by Brandon Fox from 2-0 yards was rising but Spiess made sure it went over the bar with a finger tip save to concede the corner and from the flag kick Green glanced his near post header wide of the far one.
Morley struck from distance and forced a good save from Spiess on 19, and from the continuing play the ball was lifted into the area and Newton got his head to it but it was easy enough for the keeper to take.
The Lambs took the lead on 22 when Styche was brought down by Allen in the area allowing Newton to stroke the ball home from the spot for his 24th of the season. (1-0, 22 mins)
Atkinson forced Jezeph into a regulation low save from his grass cutting drive on 26, while at the other end Newton pulled the ball back from the left for Brandon Fox to shoot but he lifted and curled his shot over the target from 12 yards.
Newton doubles his tally on 37 with a perfectly placed header past Spiess from 6 yards and credit must be given to Morley for the cross from the left which was loaded and perfectly placed for Newton to head his 25th of the season. (2-0, 37 mins)
Taylor struck from the right channel with a fierce drive on 41 and it went just wide of the far post as Tamworth looked to bury the game by halftime, and Brandon Fox fired just wide of the same post with a cheeky half volley on 44.
One minute added time was shown at the end of the first half.
Tamworth restarted proceedings and in the first minute Newton tried his luck from 18 yards with a shot on the turn, forcing Spiess to tip it over the bar and concede a corner which came to nothing.
On 49 McFadzean hit a left footed shot from the edge of the area which forced Jezeph into a full length save but he was able to watch it go wide of the right hand upright.
Some good passing football was enjoyed by the home faithful around the 52nd minute mark, and Newton was inches away from converting a low ball from Brandon Fox.
Styche did well to take on his man and beat him on the right wing on 57, and his pass set up Taylor with a chance but the resultant shot from the D went wide of the left hand post.
A superb close range save from Spiess denied Styche on 61after Newton set him up from Deeney’s floated pass into the area.
Jezeph was forced to watch a high cross come shot and push it over the bar on 64 giving Alfreton a rare corner which Lane headed away.
Newton was then denied by Spiess on 67 after the striker ran through to the edge of the box but couldn’t squeeze the ball past the keeper.
Powell replaced Brandon Fox on 70 and the Lambs took a few moments to regroup before a low ball into the box forced a corner on the left on 75.
Styche extended the Lambs lead on 79 when Spiess fumbled his long range drive into the box, into the net (3-0, 79 mins) and a minute later Chandler Pegg made club history by taking to the field at just 16 years and 2 days old.
Jezeph made a good stop from a drive on the right and was forced to make a double save when it popped up in front of him, but Monkhouse did pull one back on 87 with a low shot into the bottom corner – their first goal in five hundred and fifty minutes. (3-1, 87 mins)
From the restart Shelton saw red following a two footed challenge on Newton and three minutes added time was shown.
And Davies made it 4-1 in the 93rd minute with a lovely curling effort over the keeper from the edge of the box to seal The Lambs a deserved win.
Jezeph, Burns, Morley, Deeney, Green (c.), Lane, Fox (Brandon) (Powell 70), Fox (Ben), Newton, Styche (Pegg 80), Taylor (Davies 86)
Subs: Clarke, Dyer
Alfreton Town Team:
Spiess, Richards, Wilson, Heaton, Allen (Shelton HT), Monkhouse (c.), Evans (Marshall 63), Atkinson, Westcarr (Powell 77), Preistley, McFadzean
Subs: Wright (GK), Cox
Red card: Shelton 89
Man of the Match: Danny Newton
Referee: Mr R. Massey-Ellis