Tamworth FC v Rushall Olympic
For the visit of Rushall Olympic to the CR MOT Centre Community Stadium, the decision almost made itself in terms of team selection and Fowler and Harris started with the same XI that finished the game at Leiston.
Former Lamb Liam McDonald’s Pics side featured another ex-Tamworth player in Justin Richards, and Tyler Lyttle, the son or former manager Des.
The Lambs attacked the Meadow Street End in the first half with Paul Green in right back and they put immediate pressure on Slinn’s goal.
The Pics forced a corner the right on 8 which Verma headed away and Singh was tested by his namesake on 11 by virtue of a floated shot from the left wing.
Tamworth took the lead on 12 through Lait’s superb strike from the left of the box after a skilful set up rom Waite allowed him to half volley it past Slinn and inside the far post (1-0, 12 mins)
Maye hit a shot from the edge of the area straight at Singh on 14 and on 20 Waite ran through on a threaded pass but a combination of the defence and the keeper denied him at the left hand post. Singh then denied Singh’s shot and Upton booted it away.
On 31 Asante’s right sided cross box shot was denied by Slinn’s one handed save and Asante was well positioned after a storming move out of defence to Lait and the via Beswick’s touch to the striker, but he shot wide of the mark on 34.
A succession of little niggly pushes resulted in a freekick when Lait tumbled under close attention and The Lambs kept up the pressure until Hull needed treatment and forced a stop in play and he was unable to continue, forcing a change for the Pics.
Waite seemed to have been brought down twice as he made headway into the box from the left on 44 and Asante force a corner as the clock ticked into added time at the end of the first half.
Waite then headed a deep cross just over the crossbar as two minutes added time was shown which ended without further incident.
HT: TAMWORTH 1 0 RUSHALL OLYMPIC
Dunkley replaced Wright at half time pushing Green to left back and Rushall restarted the game.
On 48 Asante made a surging run into the box down through the right cannel and shot low for goal, but it struck the base of the right hand upright and went out to safety.
A right sided corner from Finn on 51 was headed powerfully by Kettle but it was tipped over by Slinn and the resulting flag kick on the other side came to nothing.
Green was continuing put a great shift in with some telling interventions and timely tackles and Singh came out to smother a half chance from Singh on 62.
The players were handed a drinks break on 65 when keeper Singh required treatment.
Dunkley pushed the ball through to Waite on 67 but he was unable to get a clean sight on goal and play switched quickly to the other end but Upton was strong and disrupted the forward move.
From the throw, play moved across the field and Lyttle’s shot was taken low by Singh at his near post. Lyttle was booked for a trip on Lait on the half way line on 71 and Verma was brought down on 73 but play wasn’t stopped until Asante was tripped a few yards further upfield.
A Lambs corner was met by the inrushing Waite on 74 but it bobbled wide of the far post and Finn picked up a booking for booting the ball away on 77.
Waite struck a powerful shot from the edge of the area on 81 but Slinn was equal to it. Dunkley then went in the book for timewasting a throw on 82.
Rushall spotted a rare opening at the back on 89 with the Lambs defence having to hold strong.
Singh parried a goalbound shot over for a corner from Sammons on 89 and The Lambs broke over the halfway line through Dunkley and he powered it home through the legs of Slinn to make it 2-0 in the first of four minutes added time (2-0, 90 mins)
Singh, Wright (Dunkley HT), Upton, Green P, Kettle, Beswick, Finn (Shaw 88), Verma, Waite, Asante, Lait (Morris 90)
Subs: Blaney, Mpofu
YC: Finn 77, Dunkley 82
Rushall Olympic Team:
Slinn, Smikle, Whittall, Hull (Lund 43), Waldron, Richards (Hawker 50), Sammons, Singh, Lyttle, Maye (Chouchane 75), Pendley
Subs: Adelekan, Delaney
YC: Lyttle 71
Man of the Match: Paul Green
Referee: Mr. Richard Eley