Tamworth bounced back from their recent barren spell with a dominant two-goal victory over fellow promotion rivals Royston Town on Tuesday evening.
The Lambs came into the game on the back of three straight defeats while their visitors for the evening had lost just once in their last 21 games in all competitions.
But goals either side of the interval from Dan Creaney and Ryan Beswick ensured the home side got back to winning ways, reclaiming second place in the process.
The game was end-to-end for most of the first half as both sides looked to gain the upper hand.
With little over 12 minutes on the clock, Tamworth broke the deadlock through Dan Creaney. After some good work from Bilal Yafai, he set the ball for Tyrell Waite to cross deep to the back post onto the head of Creaney who nodded past the helpless Harry Smart.
Not long after, Yafai was causing issues again, this time drilling a low ball across the face of the Royston goal – but no Tamworth players could get on the end of it, Creaney coming closest.
The half turned a little scrappy as it wore on and more fouls were being awarded by the referee – making the game stop-start.
After the break, Tamworth had to soak up pressure as the away side looked to get back into the game but the closest they came was a 25-yard free kick from Scott Bridges that sailed wide.
Just before the hour mark, Ryan Beswick was presented with a golden opportunity to double the Lambs’ lead from the spot.
Ahmed Obeng was tripped in the area by the Royston keeper and the referee had no hesitation in awarding Tamworth a penalty. Up stepped Beswick to put the kick away with ease.
The only other notable bit of action in the second half was a rash challenge on Obeng from Ed Asafu-Adjaye who received the first yellow card of the game. Obeng did try and continue but he was taken off not long later and replaced by Rhys Hoenes, himself making a return from a spell on the sidelines.
After three games without a win, and some big losses to teams around them, Tamworth were much improved. As for Royston, it’s back to the drawing board after their recent purple patch.
Tamworth Singh, Forde, Gough, Beswick, Magunda, Rowe-Turner, Obeng (Hoenes 84′), Fry, Creaney, Yafai (Howkins 90+5′), Waite (Hearn 89′) Subs not used Wilder, Clement
Royston Town Smart, Scott-Morris, Brighton, Bridges, Murray, Asafu-Adjaye, Mentis (Green 88′), Castiglione, Adams (Parr 58′), Bateman, Ofosu (Crowther 71′) Subs not used Warner-Eley, Welch
Referee Ryan Williams
Star Man Bilal Yafai