Tamworth  v  Bromsgrove Sporting

Sat 25 Feb - 15:00 Southern League Premier Central

Tamworth

Tamworth

1-0

Bromsgrove Sporting

Bromsgrove Sporting

Match Report

Andy Peaks top of the table Lambs welcomed Michael McGrath’s Rouslers to The CR MOT Community Stadium with Tamworth embarking on the final 10 games of the season, for the second time in a week.

Peaks made one change to the side that had started the abandoned tie against Nuneaton in midweek, that had seen The Lambs 2-0 up with goals from Eoin McKeown and Dan Creaney. Liam Dolman sat out of the tie with Alex Collard returning from injury as captain.
For the visitors former Lamb Lewis Wright started, having made 12 appearances and scoring 2 goals in the 2018-19 season.

Bromsgrove got he game underway attacking the Castle End in the first half and FairLamb’s ball from the left on 5 was nearly met sweetly by McKeown at the far post but it skipped under his boot.
On 7, Jellis was booked for a late challenge on Wright, and play continued with The Lambs in control of proceedings for the most part but unable to test Taylor in the visitors goal.
McKeown nearly got a low cross into the danger area from his run into the right of the box on 24 but it was cut out for a corner, and Jellis found Collard at the back of the box, who headed back for Cockeril-Mollett but his goalbound header was headed off the line by Dyer.
A dangerous deep cross from the right from Tolley on 31 was cleared by the boot of Curley and shouts for a penalty when the same player went down under a challenge were paid no mind by the referee in the next move.
McKeown, Fairlamb and Creaney all tried to break through no 34 but found no way through the visiting defence.
Mussa caught Nije on 37 and earned himself a booking, and play couldn’t resume until the player had received treatment.
Bromsgrove continued to work hard to disrupt play, but shot themselves in the foot on 40 when a very short freekick back to Taylor was not acted upon by any visiting player and Creaney took the simple chance to fire home from 25 yards much to the bemusement of everyone watching. (1-0, 40 mins) After a lengthy inquest involving the visitors bench and players, Nije was booked for his protestations
Fairlamb forced Taylor to spill a driven cross on 44 and Jones span and forced the keeper into a low stop in added time before the half time whistle blew.

HT 1-0

The Lambs restarted proceedings attacking the Castle End and it took a while for the action to build up pace.
On 50 Tolley and Willets clashed by the centre circle with the Bromsgrove man requiring treatment on the field before being booked.
As both sides continued to warm up, Mussa was brought down on the right corner of the box on 55 and although Sporting cleared their lines it made it’s way back to Creaney and he struck a powerful effort from 20 yards which rose over the bar by just a few feet.
Fairlamb picked up a booking on 61 for an uncontrolled challenge on NIje, and Milnes replaced Jones before play resumed.
Singh prevented Tolley’s low shot with a near post parry on 68 and then plucked Smalley’s shot out of the area on 70. Taylor did similarly to Curley’s near post strike.
Creaney was denied a shot by a timely intervention from Lekuti on 72, and from the ensuing play Pais took down Cockerill-Mollett earning himself a yellow card.
Substitute Meikle struck from distance on 74 but couldn’t keep his shot down and Pais had a great chance on 75 but missed his control of the ball into the box with just Singh to beat.
Fairlamb’s ball into McKeown had the crowd ready to celebrate but he fired just wide of the near post on 76.
There was another stoppage on 77 when Jellis was taken down by visiting captain Taylor btu Milnes ball into the area was cleared and his return to ball to Creaney brought a shot from the striker but an off target one.
Cockerill-Mollett headed a left sided cross from Milnes into the side netting on 82 and Willets saw his header tipped over from close range on 87 and then Collard’s header from the corner was deflected out for another which The Lambs captain met but couldn’t turn goalward.
‚ÄčThe Lambs tried to play keep ball and Dawkins picked up a booking for a foul by a corner flag in added time and play continued and Collard needed treatment in the 98th minute after going over the back of a Bromsgrove man on the halfway line in what proved to be the final action of the tie and most importantly, 3 points.

Tamworth
Singh, Curley, Cockerill-Mollett, Mussa (c.) (Meikle 71), Willets, Collard, McKeown, Jellis (Finn 86), Creaney, Jones (Milnes 61), Fairlamb
Subs: Deacon, Cater
YC: Jellis 7, Mussa 37, Fairlamb 61

Bromsgrove Sporting
Taylor O., Dyer, Lekuti, Curtis, Taylor T., Dawkins, Wright (Tee 66), Nije (Sewell 79), Tolley, Smalley, Pais (Kindred 88)
Subs (4 only): Marusiak (c.)
YC: Nije 42, Pais 73, Taylor T. 78, Dawkins 90+

Referee: Mr. Conde
Assistants: Mr. Stenson, Mr. Hall

Att: 925

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