Three points for Tamworth after resounding win?
14 November 2009
After a fortnights rest, Tamworth welcomed troubled club Chester City to the Lamb with the Cheshire club facing expulsion from the Conference if they do not repay debts (now extended to Nov 30 from Nov 16 according to the BBC sport website).
For Tamworth, Gary Mills brought in two new faces ahead of the tie - Simon Brown went straight into the squad after joining The Lambs on loan from Wrexham, while much travelled striker Isyeden Christie took a place on the bench.
Mills also welcomed back Nick Wright into the starting eleven, with both Wright and Tom Shaw due to depart the UK on Sunday morning for Poland and England C duty.
After a minutes silence for Remembrance Day and in respect to the recent passing of for Lambs youth assistant manager Clive Lyons, referee Amy Rayner got proceedings underway with Tamworth kicking off towards the Castle End.
After a spell of Tamworth pressing forward, Briscoe launched a freekick from the halfway line which MacKenzie and then Pritchard headed on for Wright, but he couldn't keep his shot down from a tight angle.
Chester tried to turn the screw the other way but found The Lambs strong at the back and at the front too, as when Brown played Wright into the area but saw his shot blocked MacKenzie popped up to slot the ball home from the edge of the area to give Tamworth the lead. (1-0, 10 mins)
MacKenzie hit a blistering effort but it cannoned off the covering defender on 13 and Wright ran through on MacKenzie's through ball a minute later only to lift it over the bar from 18 yards under pressure.
Wright and Brown played a neat one two between them on 19, but it was too strong for Wright to chase, and at the other end Coulson hit a low drive a few feet wide of the mark - the visitors first real chance of the game.
Chadwick found himself able to put a free header in the area high over the goal on 22 after a pin point cross from the right wing picked him out, while at the other end on 24 Wright and then Pritchard caused Danby to fumble a cross from Blackwood, but the Chester keeper managed to smother the loose ball at the second attempt.
Chadwick tried his luck again on 26 with a shot on the turn from 16 yards which saw Alcock in full flight, but the ball went high over the target.
Wright made a run from the left wing and passed short to Sheridan but his shot was tame and Danby collected on the half hour mark.
Blackwood won a corner on 34 but Tamworth were unable to make anything from the flag kick and at the other end Beesley had time to hit a hopeful effort at goal from 20 yards but rolled his shot well wide of the right hand upright.
On 37 Brown cut the ball to Sheridan who curled a low shot at goal and despite the touch from Pritchard's header directing it slightly further toward goal Danby pulled off a fine save to deny a second goal of the afternoon.
Chester pushed forward and despite finding the way forward a tough one the won a corner on 40 which Meynell headed wide past the far post and then a great blocking save by Alcock at the feet of the incoming Beesley on 42 denied Chester after Chadwick threaded the ball behind the Lambs defence.
Barry and Chadwick combined in a forward move to win a corner from a deflected shot on 44 and Mackenzie put it clear and although Alcock punched the return ball clear, Sheridan had to head it away as two minutes added time were shown at the end of the half.
Chester got the second half underway with Tamworth attacking the Meadow Street end and MacKenzie almost got a shot away in the opening encounters but found his way blocked. Sheridan then smashed a low effort from the left and won a corner which City cleared.
Blackwood hooked a ball into the six yard box on 51 for Wright to turn on, but he couldn't get power on his shot and Danby took it easily. Barry then struck a long range shot for goal from the left of midfield on 53 which whistled past the far post with Alcock at full stretch.
MacKenzie tried a cheeky chip shot at Danby from 30 yards on 56 but it didn't trouble the keeper who caught the floated effort but it was Chester who hit the back of the net through Beesley who received the ball from Meynell on the left wing, took one step and planted his shot past a flat footed Alcock (1-1, 57 mins)
In a bid to get back into the game quickly, Wright ran onto a through ball but fired his shot from the angle high and wide as Christie took to the field for Shaw.
MacKenzie tried his luck again on 65 with a low shot from the edge of the area, but Danby was untroubled by the effort and collected easily.
Sub Blundell fired a shot at Alcock from inside the area on 67 which he gathered at the second attempt and The Lambs keeper almost left his box a minute late, sliding out to hook the ball clear as Chester pushed forward.
Chester won a corner by the clubhouse on 68 and although the ball was headed away initially the visitors worked it back into the area for Blundell to hit a right footed shot just wide of the right hand upright.
Just when it looked like Chester were growing stronger, Brown capped his debut with a goal which came after Sheridan's initial shot from the edge of the area was blocked by a defender and rolled towards the left hand upright where the incoming Brown made no mistake from a yard out. (2-1, 69 mins)
Just two minutes later, Wylde replaced Brown to shore up the Lambs defence for the final quarter of the game and he put a telling challenge in to deny Chadwick a shot on goal.
Five minutes later and it was 3-1 to The Lambs when Wright ran onto a ball from Christie and took his time before firing a low shot into the far corner from 20 yards (3-1, 76 mins)
Chester won a corner on which came to nothing on 80 and Ulker came on for Wright with four minutes remaining.
Christie almost got a debut goal on his 33rd birthday with a looping header which Danby tipped over the bar on 85.
Heavy rain fell on The Lamb as four minutes added time was shown and Tamworth won a corner but it came to nothing as the final whistle blew on three well earned points.
Alcock, Tait, Blackwood, Smith, MacKenzie, Wright (Ulker 84), Pritchard, Sheridan, Shaw (Christie 61), Briscoe, Brown (Wylde 71)
Subs: Lake-Gaskin, Russell
Chester FC Team:
Danby, Roberts, Maynell, Ryan (capt), Kelly, Barry, Keltie, Kay (Blundell 64), Coulson, Beesley, Chadwick
Subs: Murphy, Owen, Ellams, Rule
Man of the Match: J Clarke Transport chose Nick Wright
Referee: Ms. Amy Rayner