Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham
Admission: £13 adults, £7 concessions, (65+, NUS) and 12 and under free
The Tigers will be hoping to make it back-to-back victories when we face off against Tamworth on Tuesday night, writes Joshua Slack.
The Tigers come into this game having won two of their last three games and are in good spirits after winning the Severn Derby thanks to goals from Joe Hanks, Luke Hopper and Ross Finnie in front of a crowd of 575. The win for the Tigers meant we moved up one place to 11th going into Tuesday night’s game.
The visitors to the LCI Rail Stadium tomorrow are Tamworth. The Lambs have won five out of their last ten games, and are currently sitting just outside the play-off places in 6th place. Late November, going into December the Lambs went through an inspired run of form, winning four in a row – beating league leaders AFC Fylde, Darlington 1883, Harrogate Town & Stalybridge Celtic in the process.
Tigers’ Ross Finnie had an absolute stormer in the Severn Derby in our previous outing, and will hope to continue where he left off when the Tigers welcome Tamworth Tuesday night. The 19 year-old Wolves loanee has impressed every time he has started so far, and was rewarded with a first goal and an assist for the Tigers in the victory over Worcester City in the Severn Derby.
As for the visitors, striker Danny Newton will be a real threat for the Tigers. The 25 year-old is Tamworth’s top scorer this season, and has netted 14 times in the 23 games he’s played. Since joining from Leamington in 2015 he’s really stepped up to the plate, especially this season. The striker has already netted four more this season than for the entire of last season’s campaign.
Head To Head
The Tigers have never beaten the Lambs in the five games in which they’ve met, losing four and drawing once. The first meeting between the sides was in 2014, the Lambs coming out on top, winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Dave Hibbert & a 90th minute winner from Kayden Jackson. In the same season Tamworth defeated us by the same scoreline in the return fixture.
Going into 2015, and the Tigers showed great spirit to comeback from a goal down to draw at The Lamb Ground, 2-2. Josh Cooke’s strike in the dying seconds earned the Tigers a hard fought point. But it would be the visitors who would come out on top at Whaddon Road later on in the season, winning 2-1 thanks to a controversial penalty call in the last minute.
The win for The Lambs meant they had won three of their first four meetings between the two sides, and they would continue their fine run against the Tigers earlier on this season, winning 3-1. The Lambs star striker Danny Newton scored a 10 minute brace, before the Tigers pulled one back through Jack Deaman. City piled on the pressure and pushed for an equaliser, but Jed Davies secured the victory for the hosts with a breakaway goal in the last minute, despite being down to 10 men following Steve Tomassen’s dismissal in the 80th minute.
Darren Mullings (groin), and Spencer Hamilton (hamstring) are still both out, but other than that Tim Harris has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the home game against play-off hopefuls Tamworth.