Tamworth  v  Boldmere St. Michaels

Sat 3 Sep - 15:00 FA Cup 1RQ




Boldmere St. Michaels

Boldmere St. Michaels

Match Report

Matchday 07:

The Lambs returned to the CR MOT Community Stadium for Emirates 1st Qualifying Round FA Cup action against The Mikes, who had been promoted to The Northern Premier Division One Midland (Step 5) from the Midland League Premier at the end of the 2021-22 season. There was £2,250 prize money on offer to the winner of the tie and Andy Peaks made two changes to the side that had beaten Alvechurch 3-1 at Lye Meadow in the league on Bank Holiday Monday with Bradley and McKeown coming into the eleven for Finn and Milnes.

Tamworth kicked off towards the Meadow Street End and on seven minutes The Lambs took the lead when Fairlamb crossed from the left and although Whitehouse got his fingers to the ball it fell onto the head of McKeown who headed home at the far post from close range (1-0, 7 mins)
McKeown made a run from the right to the edge of the box on 11 and fired low past the near post before Boldmere broke down their right and Archer forced Singh to come out and blocked his powerful shot. The visitors kept possession from the corner but Tamworth managed to get it back and when Clement fed McKeown it looked like his ball from the right would find Creaney but it was too close to the keeper.
Cockerill-Mollett’s deep cross on 14 forced a corner which Clement played short for Creaney but the striker will quickly want to forget his strike which ballooned onto the house roofs in Meadow Street!
Curley threaded a pass through to Creaney on 18 but he struck straight at the keeper from the edge of the area and The Lambs kept their foot on the gas with another corner on the right which was headed behind for one of the left which forced the visitors to defend strongly but they couldn’t clear their lines and when the ball was played into the path of Creaney he made no mistake with a tidy finish on the angle from 12 yards (2-0, 21 mins)
Byrne lifted a good shot just over the crossbar as The Mikes pushed forward from the restart but it was short lived when Creaney chipped on for Fairlamb to take to the byline and drill into the centre for McKeown to slot home from 6 yards (3-0, 23 mins)
As he advanced through midfield, McKeown was brought down by Bowen on 26 and the defender picked up a booking for his efforts.
Boldmere kept working hard and on 31 Archer got onto the end of a high cross but saw it come off a Lambs defender for a corner which was capably dealt with, and then Fairlamb saw his shot from the left channel deflected behind for a flagkick on the left which Bradley took and Tamworth pressed from, resulting in a shot from Cockerill-Mollett from a Dolman knock back, but he drilled it wide of the right hand stick.
Cockerill-Mollett was involved twice more in quick succession on 40 with a low cross that Whitehouse had to push away, and then with a low drill at the keeper which curved and caused him to push it away, but play was stopped for a time as Creaney received treatment for a knock.
McKeown nearly netted his hat-trick on 44 lifting the ball over the keeper and running through but he was beaten to the finish by the covering defender, racing back with him, who cleared with an angled boot away and after 4 minutes added time at the end of the first half, Tamworth went off into the dressing firmly in control of proceedings.

HT 3-0

Although Boldmere restarted the match, Tamworth continued as they finished added to their tally via Clement who spotted a gap from 25 yards and delicately curled the ball from a central position inside the right hand upright (4-0, 49 mins)
Jones replaced Creaney on 53 and when Lima upended McKeown in the area the substitute stepped up to slide home the penalty past Whitehouse with consummate ease (5-0, 55 mins)
McKeown’s ball in from the right on 65 nearly found the head of Jones eight yards out and Peaks made a further change on 67 bringing Cater on for Fairlamb.
Daley was booked for a clumsy challenge on the halfway line on 71 and another foul in the right channel on 73 set up Clement with the deadball but Whitehouse was quickest to it.
Tamworth continued to go in search of another goal and a corner from the left was met by the head of Cockerill-Mollett on 76 but he couldn’t get it to land inside the near post while Jones flash shot on 79 screwed well wide of the target.
Peaks made the final of his three permitted subs (from seven on the bench) introducing Hart for Curley at right back for the final 10 minutes and the side continued to look for a sixth of the afternoon.
Mussa picked up a booking on 83 when he tripped Burgess who had received the ball from a inch perfect kick from Whitehouse and Mikes captain Thomas-Brown found Lima, but his header was way off target as was Sweeney’s shot from the left of the area.
Clement’s corner found the head of Collard on 87 but he was past the far post and it went for another, then from Hart’s throw he couldn’t keep his nod at goal down and it dropped agonisingly over the target.
Clement was involved again on 89 finding McKeown on the right and his shot was blocked for another corner which nearly found it’s way in from Collard’s downward header, but was cleared.
Two minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and with it came The Lambs 6th, with Jones bursting onto the ball before beating his man and firing diagonally home from the right of the 6 yard box (6-0, 90+2 mins)

​Singh, Curley (Hart 80), Cockerill-Mollett, Mussa, Dolman, Collard (c.), McKeown, Bradley, Creaney (Jones 53), Clement, Fairlamb (Cater 67)
Subs: Fallows, Finn, Milnes, Howkins
YC: Mussa 83

Boldmere St. Michaels
Whitehouse, George, Bowen (Sweeney 50), Lima, Craven, West (Daley 59), Byrne, Shaw, Archer (Bako 64), Burgess, Thomas-Brown (c.)
Subs: Brown, Cooksey, Christophorou, McSkeane
YC: Bowen 26, Daley 71

Referee: Mr. I. Jackson

Attendance: 444

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