Ten-man Tamworth secured an impressive four-goal win over Biggleswade Town at The Lamb on Saturday afternoon.
Skipper Ryan Beswick led from the front as he hit two himself and set another up for Jordan Gough, Jimmy Fry adding the other.
The drama didn’t end there, though as the Lambs had Anthony Robinson sent off for an elbow on 80 minutes despite the substitute not touching the ball.
Biggleswade looked like a team with a purpose from the off and made a nuisance of themselves in the opening ten minutes, Shane Bush going closest despite his effort sailing over the bar.
Tamworth were handed their first chance of the game when Chris Lait was hacked down as he closed in on goal. Ryan Beswick took the resulting free kick curled it just wide of the post.
Tyrell Waite almost headed the Lambs ahead when he steered Lait’s cross narrowly over the bar as the home side continued to grow into the game.
Not long after, Tamworth were ahead. Biggleswade cleared poorly into the path of the Beswick who smashed a piledriver from 30 yards that took a slight deflection beyond Teixeira in the visitors’ goal.
Biggleswade continued to push for a goal of their own but a mixture of poor finishing and Jas Singh thwarted any attempt they had – and Tamworth kept their one-goal lead at the break.
Tamworth had to deal with an aerial bombardment at the start of the second half as Biggleswade looked to utilise the powerful figure of Edwards, but Joe Magunda and Lathaniel Rowe-Turner dealt with everything back where it came from.
Tamworth took a quick freekick 18-yards from goal with the ball eventually falling to Lait who bought himself enough space to get a shot off. But it was well saved by the keeper.
On the stroke of the hour mark, Tamworth doubled their lead. Beswick turned provider, swinging in a pinpoint freekick for Gough who diverted his header beyond Teixeira from six yards.
Two minutes later the Lambs were three up courtesy of Fry. Lait’s initial effort was saved well by Teixeira, but it was kept alive, laid back to Fry who rifled an unstoppable effort into the top corner.
The Lambs had their tails up and were gifted a chance for four when Beswick was felled in the box. After picking himself up and taking the spot kick, Teixeira got down well to his left and saved.
Beswick redeemed himself on 74 minutes with a trademark freekick. After Waite was fouled on the right-hand side, Beswick took the kick and whipped a fine effort over the keeper and into the top corner to put the Lambs four to the good.
Tamworth were sent down to ten men after 80 minutes. Substitute Robinson had been on the pitch a matter of seconds before being given a straight red card for what referee Luke Watson deemed to be an elbow to the face of the Biggleswade defender having not even touched the ball.
Biggleswade almost got a goal back when Bradley Bell tested Singh, but the Lambs’ keeper was wise to it and tipped it onto the post before Tamworth cleared.
Dylan Williams also found the gloves of Singh moments later as the visitors continued to search for a consolation goal.
But Tamworth held on for an impressive win despite going down to ten men following Robinson’s dismissal late on.
Tamworth Singh, Hart, Gough, Beswick (Wilder 75’), Magunda (Robinson 79’), Rowe-Turner, Obeng, Fry, Waite, Yafai, Lait (Hoenes 68’) Subs not used Clement, Little
Biggleswade Town Teixeira, Stanley, Kerins, Peters, Ferrell, Swain, Williams, Bush, Edwards (Bell 75’), Ball, Charles (Richardson 82’) Subs not used Griffith, Beckwith, Crowther
Referee Luke Watson
Goalscorers Tamworth (Beswick 27’, 74’, Gough 61’, Fry 63’)
Star Man Ryan Beswick (Tamworth)
MAIN IMAGE CREDIT – Kieran Riley Photography