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Vital victory over Rovers

FT: Tamworth 2    1 Forest Green Rovers

06 April 2013

With the bank holiday weekend out of the way, Tamworth ran out at The Lamb in need of a result against play off hopefuls Forest Green and both needed to get something from the game.
Dale Belford made four changes to the side that had suffered humiliating defeat at Hereford with Tony Breeden returning to the side and Tommy Wright, Jonathan Thorpe and Stuart Hendrie taking the places of Mitchell, Gudger, Lloyd and Byfield respectively.

The Lambs started brightly and rarely took their foot off the gas for the entire game resulting in a dent in the play off hopes of the visiting Forest Green Rovers side.
Cunnington gave the home side the lead in 6th minute via a close range finish at the far post which gave keeper Sam Russell no chance.
Tommy Wright beat Russell with a close range header shortly but struck the bar while Stuart Hendrie and Cunnington both tested Russell as the half continued.
With three minutes remaining in the first half, Cunnington made certain of the points via a bullet header from a Lee Hendrie freekick and all looked rosy for The Lambs at the break.

HT: Tamworth 2    0 Forest Green Rovers

Rovers came out of the blocks quickly though and had pulled one back within three minutes via Yan Klukowski's close range finish after Kieron Forbes, James Norwood and Reece Connolly had combined to prise apart the Tamworth defence but for all their huff and puff, Forest Green were made to look second best and not allowed to produce too much in the final third.
As the final whistle drew near The Lambs survived a free header from Chris Stokes and a cheeky Norwood strike, both of which went harmlessly wide of the mark while keeper Tony Breeden denied Klukowski his second with a punched clearance.

Tamworth Team:

Tony BREEDEN (GK), Richard TAIT, Marcus KELLY, Michael WYLDE, Tom MARSHALL, Adam CUNNINGTON, Lee HENDRIE, Tommy WRIGHT (Darren BYFIELD 76), Duane COURTNEY (c.), Stuart HENDRIE (Peter TILL 70), Jonathan THORPE
Subs: Max HARROP, Sam OJI, Liam MITCHELL (GK)

Forest Green Rovers Team:

Sam RUSSELL, Jared HODKISS, Chris STOKES, Al BANGURA (Jamie COLLINS HT), Dale BENNETT (Jamie TURLEY HT), Yan KLUKOWSKI, Kieron FORBES, Eddie OSHADI, James NORWOOD, Paul GREEN (c.), Reece CONNOLLY
Subs: Magno VIEIRA, Ed ASAFU-ADSAYE, Yemi ODUBADE

Attendance: 773

Man of the Match: Adam Cunnington

Referee: Mr. S. Stockbridge

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