Lowestoft Town 0 Tamworth 4 – Trawlerboys silenced by the Lambs at the Meadow
- Credit: James Bass
If last weekend's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Harrogate Town was a perfect example of a frustrating weekend at the office for Lowestoft Town, then Saturday's dismal defeat perfectly highlighted the difference between frustrating and disappointing.
Two weeks ago the Blues were left feeling hard done by after a sucker punch undid all their hard work, but a comedy of individual errors and a failure to ever really recreate the tempo and work rate they showed against Harrogate left the Trawlerboys with only themselves to blame as they slipped to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of promotion-chasing Tamworth.
The Blues' preparation for the game was far from ideal, with the club losing on-loan goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne back to his parent club, Wolverhamton Wanderers, with Scott Mitchell also departing due to work commitments.
Despite their off-the-pitch problems, the Blues enjoyed a reasonable start against a side who had only managed one win on the road so far this season.
Jake Reed went closest to opening the scoring for the Trawlerboys on seven minutes, after almost turning home Danny Crow's in-swinging corner at the near post.
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However, with 14 minutes played Owain Warlow got the better of Harry Barker before picking out Leon Mettam who capitalised on some indecisive goalkeeping from Jake Jessup to fire Tamworth ahead.
Conceding seemed to knock the wind out of Lowestoft's sails as they struggled for tempo in a scrappy affair. They were lucky not to have been two down after Eliott Durrell was allowed time and space on the edge of the penalty area before firing wide.
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After a prolonged uneventful spell of play, the Lambs were celebrating again after 35 minutes as Jessup called for Harry Barker to leave a lofted ball into the area before failing to come and collect it, allowing Dan Newton to head home and double the visitors' advantage.
If Jessup was having a bad day it certainly didn't get any better four minutes later when hesitant keeping and a lack of communication at the back allowed Newton to run into the centre of the six-yard box almost unseen and chest the ball past a sheepish Jessup.
Despite chances the visitors couldn't inflict any further damage before the break and Blues boss Ady Gallagher tried to shake things up by bringing on Shaun Bammant and Erkan Okay at the interval.
To stand any chance of mounting an almost impossible comeback, the Trawlerboys needed a good start to the second half but just three minutes into it any wishful dreams were shattered as Tamworth bagged their fourth.
Okay gave away possession inside the Blues' half and Shane Clarke raced past Adam Smith after latching onto the loose ball before picking out Danny Racchi who slotted home to increase the Lambs' lead.
Just after the hour mark Ryan Jarvis headed Crow's corner to the feet of Bammant, who almost flicked the ball into the top right corner of the Tamworth net, but James Belshaw produced a good one-handed save to deny the former Dereham Town striker.
As time went on Tamworth seemed to drop a gear as Lowestoft started to look for a consolation strike, which Reed almost provided after 72 minutes.
However, his shot – in a one-on-one situation – was straight at Belshaw the Lambs' stopper.
With time running out Ryan Jarvis tried his luck from range after Ross Dyer gave the ball away. But despite an improved second half display the damage had already been done.
Next Saturdat the Crown Meadow club visit fellow National League North strugglers Bradford Park Avenue knowing that the pressure is mounting after managing just one win in their last 13 league matches.