Tamworth  v  Kings Langley

Sat 24 Sep - 15:00 Southern League Premier Central

Tamworth

Tamworth

3-0

Kings Langley

Kings Langley

Match Report

Matchday 10:

Seven days after The Lambs had travelled to Aggborough for their FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie, Andy Peaks’ second placed Lambs returned home to Southern League Premier Central action and welcomed Kings Langley, themselves well positioned in joint 4th spot ahead of kick off.

Andy Peaks made three changes to the starting eleven that ran out against Kidderminster Harriers with Dan Creaney returning to the squad, along with James Hurst and Alex Jones, both of whom came on as subs versus Harriers, as Ty and Deacon and Jordan Clement each took a spot on the bench while Ben Milnes did not feature.

The visitors kicked off the first half towards the Castle End but a really early foul gave The Lambs possession back quickly.
However, The Kings whipped a ball in from the right from Jellis and Curley headed away for a corner on 3 which was met by Johnson who volleyed powerfully over the target.
The Lambs started to exert some pressure with Finn working the right wing looking for the upfront pair of Creaney and Jones but a long ball from Dolman was handled in the area under-pressure from Fairlamb by Jellis and Creaney stepped up for the spot kick which he sent past Al-Droubi with consummate ease (1-0, 9 mins)
Tajbakhsh forced Singh into a low stop from a shot on the turn from the restart and The Lamb held it’s breath on 14 when Cockerill-Mollett’s loaded left wing cross fell perfectly for Creaney but his downward header was just the wrong side of the post to double the lead, and his tally.
Tajbakhsh was involved again on 18, heading over from close range after good work down the left wing by Lafleur but it was The Lambs who took the initiative in the next move out of defence with Jones winning the ball in the final third, chipping for Finn who left it for Creaney and his rifled shot went into the bottom right corner (2-0, 19 mins)
A slip in midfield allowed Creaney to run onto the ball and try and chip over Al-Droubi from 40 yards on 32, but it dropped wide of the mark.
Mulley pulled Creaney back as he advanced over the halfway line on 34, but the referee played on and Jones went through but was quickly closed down for a corner on the left which came to nothing, although Mulley was booked for his efforts.
Dolman was booked for attempting to block the keeper’s kick on 38 as The Lambs kept the visitors pegged back for the most part and on 42 Dolman found Jones on the edge of the box, he threaded the ball to Creaney on the right but the resulting cross / shot was too long.
However, Creaney got another chance on 43 with a straight sight on goal from 20 yards but directed his shot at the keeper and on 45 Jones’ cross from the right was just too far in front of Creaney.
Jellis was prevented celebrating a lobbed finish over Singh in added time at the end of the half by an already raised offside flag and Creaney suffered a similar fate with a knock past Al-Droubi which didn’t count, and would have made it 3-0 at the break.

HT 2-0

The Lambs restarted proceedings attacking the Castle End in the second half and Okoye-Ahaneku needed treatment for an injury to his elbow on 50 but was OK to continue as Jellis tried to build Kings Langley pressure.
Finn whipped a cross in from the right channel on 53 looking for Creaney but it was cut out by the visiting defence and the former nearly notched a goal but Ogwuazor was able to get a boot in way of the strike from the edge of the box, and then Cockerill-Mollett was booked for taking advantage of the ball which Al-Droubi dropped out of his hands before firing home.
Jones sprinted over the halfway line and looked for Fairlamb in the centre on 62 but Al-Droubi got there first.
A couple of long Hurst throws on 65 caused problems and the Dolman found himself within sight of goal but turned and fired into the side netting.
Fairlamb forced a left sided corner on 72 and Finn’s dead ball was taken well at height by Al-Droubi.
Deacon replaced Jones on 74 and after a battling performance all round by the Lambs midfielder Mussa struck low for Al-Droubi to drop and smother on 76 before Cater replace Finn for the final 10 or so.
A Lambs freekick on 84 was struck by Cater from the edge of the D and Al-Droubi fumbled his stop and Tamworth kept up the pressure and Mulley’s frustration earned him a second booking on 87 and an early bath in the process.
Creaney left he field on 89 to a heartfelt applause from the home faithful as Clement came on and planted his 91st minute corner into the area for Al-Droubi to punch clear.
Four minutes added time had been shown and Cater nearly added a third Lambs goal but lifted his shot over the keeper and just past the far post from the right.
Clement fired at Al-Droubi from distance in the final minute but it was left to Deacon to fire home from close range from Cater’s low right wing cross (3-0, 94 mins)

Tamworth
Singh, Curley, Cockerill-Mollett, Mussa, Collard (c.), Dolman, Finn (Cater 79), Hurst, Creaney (Clement 89), Jones (Deacon 74), Fairlamb
Subs: Hart, George
YC: Dolman 38, Cockerill-Mollett 58

Kings Langley
Al-Droubi, Jellis, Lafleur, Okoye-Aheneku, Johnson, Ogwuazor, Mulley, Adebiyi (Keller 80), Feyi, Crawford, Tajbakhsh (De Carvalho 57)
Subs: Case, Dunbar-Bonnie, Hoskins
YC: Mulley 34, 87 (= Red 87)

Referee: Mr. Elliot Kaye

Attendance: 575

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