Tamworth  v  Stourbridge

Tue 7 Feb - 19:45 Southern League Premier Central






Match Report

Following the victory over Mickleover on Saturday which extended the winning streak to four games, Andy Peaks Tamworth side welcomed The Glassboys to the CR MOT Community Stadium at The Lamb and Stuart Pierpoints squad contained a number of ex-Lambs in Reece Styche, Joel Kettle in the starting eleven and Darryl Knights and Dexter Walters on the bench.
Following Leiston’s victory at Barwell on Monday night The Lambs lead at the top had been reduced to 3 points, with the Suffolk side having two games in hand before kick off and Andy Peaks made one changes to the side from the weekend with Ben Milnes not featuring and Alex Bradley coming in at number eight.

Tamworth kicked off towards the Castle End and Finn tried to lob Price, in his lime green kit, from the right wing before some people were in their places, but his shot dropped onto the roof of the net.
And on 2 Bradley struck from outside the area but his shot took a deflection to take it just over the corner of bar and post for a corner on the right which came to nothing.
A Curley throw from the right on 4 kept the pressure without testing the keeper and on 7 Bradley was set up by McKeown’s touch back into his path, but his shot from 20 yards rose over Price and onto the Castle End.
Willets got his head onto a deep ball into the area from Bradley on 10 but couldn’t get any power on it to test the keeper, while at the other end for the all blue Glassboys, a similar ball, but from a freekick on the left was powerfully struck towards goal from close range by Anaebonam and blocked, then followed up by Cowley but he could only turn it onto the terracing.
Styche was unable to get the better of Dolman from a threaded pass into the area on 18 and ended up on the floor with the defender rather than go past him, and as The Lambs tried to mount an attack King upended Finn in the right channel 25 yards from goal. Bradley set up the deadball and planted it onto the head of Willets but he was unable to get over it sent his header over the bar.
Dolman got himself in the way of an Anaeboman strike and from the corner on the right and the ball was played back then whipped in for Cowley to glance home at the far post past Singh and stun the home faithful, but to the delight of the travelling fans (0-1, 23 mins)
The ball somehow didn’t go over the opposite goal line despite the best and close attentions and intentions of Creaney on 27, and then there was a stoppage in play while Willets received treatment to a cut on his head which was quickly attended to and he returned to the flock.
A trip by Mussa on Cowley gave the visitors a freekick on the left of the D on 31 though, and Lyttle powered it against the Lambs wall as Stourbridge continued to enjoy more of the ball.
Hull was booked for a foul on Finn on 34 as The Lambs pushed up field, and Mussa found himself in unfamiliar territory with an option of shooting from 25 yards and he chose to do so correctly, but his strike was never going to trouble Price.
Stourbridge responded and exposed a gap at the back of The Lambs defence with the ball falling to Styche on the right of the penalty area but his shot slammed into the side netting.
Creaney went down with a knock to his head on 42 and play was stopped by the referee after calls alerting him to the fact but the Lambs striker responded to the referee adversely, and so was booked.
From the ensuing visitors attack Tamworth struggled to clear their lines, but Hull’s header dropped over the bar from close range and then as the ball made it’s way back to the halfway line King caught Bradley and was shown the yellow card as four minutes added time was shown.
The midfielder had to be helped off the field before play could resume and deep freekick was played into the area bringing hand ball shouts, but no penalty was awarded and Clement replace Bradley.


Stourbridge restarted proceedings and Styche had the first effort on goal on 47 but took the brunt of a challenge as he fired a few feet wide from 18 yards and needed treatment before Singh could resume play with the goalkick.
Anaebonam made headway into the area on 53 and forced a corner when Singh was unable to gather the loose ball and his defence dealt with the ball when it came in from the flagkick.
Creaney was closed down quickly when he picked up the ball into the area on 57, and Finn tried to help out but was upended just outside the area, but the decision went against him.
Willets was forced to clear a cross from Lyttle away for a Stourbridge corner on 58, and The Lambs conceded a second from the flagkick when Hull got to it first and hit the back of the net from close range (0-2, 59 mins)
McKeown raced to the corner from the restart and forced a flagkick, and Deacon replaced Fairlamb before it could be taken but Hull and King clashed heads and play had to be stopped as the ball was cleared.
A foul on the right allowed Lyttle to drive the ball into the box on 66 and from the defensive break, McKeown was released over the halfway line but couldn’t get past the last man until a foul on Cockerill-Mollett saw Singh punt a freekick into the box and Creaney headed it wide of the far post.
Curley then made way for Hart with 18 to go.
As the ball was played upfield on 78 Creaney was pulled back and so Hart lined up the freekick and Creaney got his head to it but it dropped wide of the far post via a deflection for a corner which Cockerill-Mollett was unable to direct on target with he header.
Anaeboman was booked for booting the ball away on 82 as The Lambs tried to get a grip on the game as the minutes ticked down and Wilson went into the referee’s note book too for a push on Hart but The Lambs lost their shape form the freekick and Styche played it wide to Cowley who put it back into the path of Prosser who smashed it home past the exposed Singh from 20 yards (0-3, 85 mins)
Dolman upended Cowley for a Stourbridge strike on 89 and from the freekick it took Dolman’s intervention to deny a shot by the same player from 8 yards out.
Five minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and a McKeown strike from outside of the box was blocked, and time ran out as Stourbridge celebrated.

Singh, Curley (Hart 72), Cockerill-Mollett, Mussa (c.), Willets, Dolman, McKeown, Bradley (Clement 45), Creaney, Finn, Fairlamb (Deacon 61)
Subs: Jones, Yeomans
YC: Creaney 42

Price, Vaughan, Wilson, Prosser, Kettle, Hull, Anaebonam, King, Cowley, Styche, Lyttle
Subs: Burton, Walters, Knights, Worley, White
YC: Hull 34, King 45, Anaebonam 82, Wilson 84

Referee: Mr. Richard Walker
Assistants: Mr. Guy Thrower, Mr. Paul Sparrow

Att: 722

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