Three without reply = fifteen in total
20 December 2014
After a 12 day break The Lambs returned to action and welcomed Harrogate Town to Tamworth. Andy Morrell made a couple of changes to the side that beat Gloucester City with Javan Vidal and Brendon Daniels unavailable, Dan Preston and Connor Taylor came into the side.
The home side went out looking for their fifth league victory in a row, with the visitors in 14th, two places below The Lambs and managed by former defender Simon Weaver who was celebrating his birthday.
Also returning to The Lamb for Harrogate was Lloyd Kerry who joined the West Yorkshire club in the summer.
Harrogate got the game underway with Tamworth attacking the Meadow Street end and the visitors forced play into the final third, forcing a corner in the early exchanges.
Nowakowski forced a finger tip save from Belshaw down to the keeper’s right with a low pushed shot on 4 which saw the ball go around the post for a corner.
Tamworth won two in quick succession at the other end on 6 but Morrell’s initial shot was blocked and play was halted for a push in the box.
Tamworth pressure and a run from Clarke on saw the ball fall to Adams on the edge of the area but his shot went over the away stand on 10.
A freekick by Kerry was pushed away by Belshaw and a cross from the right had to be dealt with by the Tamworth defence shortly after. Kerry received a talking to following a foul on James on the Lambs left side on 15.
There was little to report as the minutes ticked up to 25 although Belshaw did liven things up with a mistimed call for a ball he was never going to get and thankfully the defenders in front of him covered effectively.
A high boot on Smith by Nelthorpe went unpunished despite requests from The Shed for a card of some sort on 27 and Smith was forced off the field for treatment before returning. And a similarly dangerous challenge by Swain on James was only punished by a yellow.
The Lambs then won a corner and took it short allowing Morrell to lift the ball into the centre of the box and Green to head home relatively unmarked and give Tamworth the lead (1-0, 29 mins).
A nice game of triangles released Jackson from Morrell’s ball but it was just too far forwards for the former to push it under Barnes in the Harrogate goal and the resulting corner went long and out.
But Morrell did double the scoreline on 38, picking up a loose ball, advancing to the edge of the area and stroking it home past Barnes (2-0)
Another Lambs corner was forthcoming on 41 as Tamworth kept up the pressure and two minutes added time was shown at the end of the first half which ended without further incident.
Tamworth restarted proceedings and Harrogate pushed The Lambs back into their own box for the first few minutes.
On 55 a slip by Preston almost allowed Nowakowski to steal in at the back but Belshaw was quick out to the bouncing ball and punched it away from danger.
At the other end, Morrell nearly connected at the far post with a floated cross from the right.
Lenighan was booked for a challenge on James in front of the away dugout on 58 that saw the Lambs defender needing a visit from the physio, and James played his part for The Lambs third goal on the hour, chipping forward with the outside of his boot for Taylor to dive head home into an almost empty net. (3-0, 60)
A tussle and ensuing minor melee at dawn caused Taylor to need treatment and a change of shirt and when Morrell needed treatment too it temporarily left Tamworth with nine men on the field, but both returned soon after.
Green was booked for retaliation on 69 and Adams for a sliding challenge on 73 and a debated freekick was awarded against the home side on the left of the box on 75 but it came to nothing as the ball ran across untouched.
Jackson forced a corner following a strong run into the box on 82 but play was halted for climbing.
Taylor left the field to a round of applause with two to go and four minutes added time were shown.
Hibbert came on in added time and the final whistle blew on a fifth straight victory.
Belshaw, Smith, Sampson, James, Preston, Adams, Green, Clarke, Jackson (Hibbert 90+), Morrell (Wilkins 77), Taylor (Trainer 88)
Subs: Gill, Townsend
Yellow Cards: Green 69, Adams 73
Red Cards: none
Harrogate Town Team:
Barnes, Turner, Meynell (Rowe 67), Shiels (Emmett 67), Bloomer, McGurk, Kerry, Lenighan (Walshaw 60), Swain, Nowakowski, Nelthorpe
Subs: Crook, Dean
Yellow Cards: Swain 29, Lenighan 58
Red Cards: none
Man of the Match: Andy Morrell
Referee: Mr. P . Gibbons