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Tamworth: Report

Posted: Sat 14 Jan 2017
Author: Adam Percival

FC Halifax Town took The Lambs to the slaughter, producing a devastating display to hit Tamworth for six at the Lamb Ground.

The Shaymen are beginning to show signs of a deadly front-three partnership forming with Peniket, Morgan and Kosylo both scoring twice to shock the Tamworth supporters.

In a stunning five-minute spell, goals from Peniket, a stunning free kick from Kosylo and a fine header from Morgan blew Tamworth away before Peniket netted his second five minutes from half-time- which ultimately sealed a consecutive victory for the first time in 3 months in fabulous fashion.

An early second half strike from substitute Aaron Opoku and a red card from Richard Peniket on the hour mark set up the potential for a nervous last half an hour, but Morgan and Kosylo assured the travelling supporters Billy Heath’s would be taking all the points back up north with two well taken goals.

The onslaught of attack from Billy Heath’s side caught everyone inside the stadium by surprised based off the opening 15 minutes of play.

This game couldn’t have looked further from a high-scoring affair based off the opening exchanges. The opening  15 minutes was played at a very slow pace, both sides failing to create anything worth noting whilst Halifax struggled to get a hold of the ball, taking ten minutes to work the ball into Tamworth’s penalty area.

Adam Morgan went down asking for a penalty after a clever back heel from Clarke released the striker but the ref waved away the appeals.

The turning point came when Garner and Wilde were called into action on 18 minutes. Wilde dealt with a dangerous low-delivery across the box before Garner made a necessary block on Ross Dyer’s strike from just inside the box to deny a certain goal for the home-side.

This proved to be the fuse that began a stunning attacking display from Town, as Richard Peniket two minutes later broke the deadlock. His left footed strike from the left of the penalty area took an awkward deflection which kindly looped over James Belshaw to nestle into the bottom right corner.

Then commenced the onslaught. Halifax’s tempo immediately intensified and we witnessed  the football that we saw on Tuesday night. Matty Kosylo began to produce the tricks – pirouetting away from two Tamworth players before playing the ball across the edge of the area to Morgan who was brought down.

Kosylo continued where he left off against Chorley. The winger stepped up and effortlessly chipped the ball over the wall  to leave the keeper scrambling across his line but couldn’t deny the ball finding the top left corner.

Town fans had little time to catch their breath at what they were witnessing. Two goals in four minutes was magnificent, three goals in five? Unprecedented.

However, Adam Morgan made it so on the 25th minute with a wonderful guided header into the bottom corner after great work between Kosylo and Roberts.

The latter produced the perfect delivery for Morgan to latch onto and netted his 5th in as many games for the club.

With five minutes from half-time shown on the score-board, there was enough time for Town to add one more goal to the onslaught. Peniket struck his second of the game to complete a double ‘double’ against Tamworth this season.

The goal was a near carbon copy of his first – Kosylo the provider once again for the striker who released Peniket down the right, his strike took yet another deflection, meaning Belshaw could only watch the ball fly over him and bounce into the goal.

The first half however ended on a sour note with David Lynch forced off with a suspected broken rib after a collision with team-mate Scott Garner. An ambulance arrived for the midfielder at half-time and was replaced by King.

The second half continued to provide fireworks- with the home side storming out the gates. Substitute Aaron Opoku drove into the box to scoop the ball over Drench four minutes after the restart which caused the home supporters to start questioning whether a quite remarkable comeback was on the cards.

Halifax made things a touch on the side of nerve-wracking when Richard Peniket was shown a straight red on the hour mark for a questionable elbow on Jack Lane.

It was looking like the game was going away from Town slightly with the Shaymen pinned inside their own half for the majority of the second half.

However, pressure on Halifax’s goal was relieved when Morgan latched on to Cliff Moyo’s through ball as they countered to devastating effect - Morgan pounced and slotted the ball calmly beyond a rushing Belshaw.

Matty Kosylo wrapped up his wonderful week with his second of the afternoon, darting his way past a sea of red inside the Tamworth box before firing the ball high past Belshaw in front of a delirious away support.

Andy Burns added a consolation goal for Tamworth right at the death with a fine strike but the goal was met with ironic cheers from the away section of the ground.

It’s been a massive week for the club, with this result meaning Halifax are just three points adrift of the play-off spots following these two massive victories.

MAN OF THE MATCH - MATTY KOSYLO

 

Tamworth: 1 James Belshaw, 2 Andy Burns, 3 Stephan Morley, 4 Ellis Deeney, 5 Stephen Tomassen (davis 46), 6 Jack Lane, 7 Greg Mills, 8 Joe Clarke, 9 Louis Briscoe, 10 Ross Dyer, 11 Jed Davies (Mpfou 46)

Subs Not Used: 12 Aaron Opoku, 14 John Dodd, 16 Andy Morrell,

FC Halifax Town: 1 Steven Drench, 2 Kevin Roberts (c), 3 Josh Wilde, 4 Danny Clarke (Moyo 58), 5 Scott Garner, 6 Nathan Hotte, 7 Matty Kosylo, 8 Dave Lynch (Liam King 45), 9 Josh MacDonald, 10 Adam Morgan (Simmons 82), 11 Richard Peniket

Subs Not Used: 12 Tom Nicholson, 16 Tom Denton,

Goals: Peniket 21, 41 Kosylo 24, 81 Morgan 26, 73 Opoku 49, Burns 88

Yellow Cards: Danny Clarke 4, Garner 58, Roberts 90, Deeney 90

Red Cards: Peniket 60

Attendance: 793 (173 away fans)