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Re: [Windy] Saturday 9th November 2019:
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Nov 10, 2019, 10:17 AM
....Another sodden Saturday where well laid plans went awry. Original plan was Colne v Buxton in the Trophy and was up with the early morning November lark en route to catching the 07.30 from Euston before there was the realisation that the second most important object (next to the wallet) had been left on the dining room table. About turn with a pre dawn walk back from Chafford Hundred to pick up the mobile (an essential in view of all the wetness around) and then could not be arsed to travel on the 08.30 to Preston knowing that it would be full of East London's finest en route to Burnley.
In view of the above, had to completely re-plan the day and this seasons Trophy meanderings continued with a really worthwhile contest between...
Tamworth 3 v 5 Gainsborough Trinity - FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round
Prog 40 pages £2.50 - Admission £14.00 (surely one of the highest for Level 3 but this was for a seat) - Att 551
... For a day where there was some definite highlights but some instances to test the patience.
Looked at the respective league tables to see Tamworth top of SPL Central and Gainsborough next to bottom of NPL Prem and after seeing a woeful display from Stafford Rangers who are in close proximity of Gainsborough in the lower reaches of the division at the start from this angle there was only one expected outcome. Our wonderful game though does come up with the power to surprise and mystify and it was a true mystery by the end why Gainsborough are where they are in the league table, but more telling why Tamworth are where they are.
What assisted the visitors was an opening two goal salvo in the first eight minutes with the Tamworth defence in pre match lethargy mode. Firstly, a corner from the left was tamely headed out by Rashaan Frances but only as far as Brodie Litchfield perfectly positioned on the edge of the area and his crisp strike through a massive hole in the Tamworth defence found the post via the inside of the post. The lead was swlftly doubled by a low cross from the left by Litchfield finding Curtis Morrison on the far post and his rising shot had too much power and accuracy as it sped past Jas Singh in the Tamworth goal.
The open nature of the contest continued with Tamworth quickly pulling a goal back from a penalty awarded after Lloyd Harrison in the Gainsborough goal flattened Rhys Hoenes as he attempted to round him. From this angle, this was one of those borderline Is it a Red Card or Yellow Card moments under current rules and also from this angle, Harrison was a little fortunate to remain on the pitch but was beaten as Hoenes' penalty sent him the wrong way.
From the visiting perspective conceding was a minor irritation as they adapted themselves and took advantage of the inability of the hosts to join a number of passes together. Simon Russell's drive from the edge of the area nearly added a third but ended up over the angle before the third duly arrived with Ross Hannah easily making progress down the left and laying a low cross perfectly for Morrison to convert from close range past an underprotected Singh
With the rain by now teeming down we had a very gloomy Tamworth day and one of those afternoons where you realise that 4g pitches are not for the purists they do allow players to maintain a high tempo and not have to concern themselves with a deteriorating pitch. The second period was as entertaining as the first and there was an initial thought that the visitors would be unable to maintain their momentum. This looked a distinct possibility as a cross from the left by Henri Wilder was met by a looping header by Bilal Yafai to reduce the deficit to one. However, the visitors were unfazed and hugely effective breaking out of defence. Hannah despite his aged limbs was very influential with his pace. One effort that he shot into the ground rebounded up and clipped the top of the bar before a fourth was added by Hannah heading in from close range after a cross from Shane Clark eluded the home defence. Soon after Hannah turned creator with a deft touch inside for Russell to angle past Singh and just inside the far post to give Gainsborough a 5-2 advantage. The goal glut continued with Daniel Creaney's side footed half volley nestling just inside the near post from Gregory Kaziboni's low cross and with Tamworth pouring forward in attack there was a momentary belief that the first five all draw in almost fifty years of viewing could be achieved, however this period of Tamworth pressure coincided with the only period of the contest where defences showed a degree of defensive competence and the visitors held on for what was a deserved and somewhat unexpected win.
The outward journey went largely without issue, with a fifteen minute delay that could be largely lived with. One of the better aspects of the day was finding the JDW currently closed for refurbishment which meant that two visits were made to The Kings Ditch Micropub and the first visit to the excellent Tamworth tap. Both purveyors of ales of quality and first samplings from the Tamworth Brewing Company.
Return journey was when the problems commenced with the 18.20 departure being cancelled (I recall that London North Western has form for previously cancelling this service) meaning that instead of being back into Euston at 19.48 it was over two hours later when arrival was made via a torturous slow journey through Northampton. At least the weekly sleep debt was lessened though....
(This post was edited by timmy tabby on Nov 10, 2019, 10:47 AM)
Post edited by timmy tabby
(First Team Star) on Nov 10, 2019, 10:47 AM