Emphatic frontman Dan Creaney helped Tamworth to a first league win of the season – with joint manager Gary Smith admitting his free-scoring side were hurt by their opening day defeat.
Creaney hit a treble as the Lambs turned on the style to brush past hapless Lowestoft Town. In a game that oozed class, Ryan Beswick also weighed in a goal with a free kick from the halfway line.
After taking just a point from their opening two games to this point, Jim Kellerman got things underway with a cracking half volley on 13 minutes before Mikey Taylor rounded things off nicely late on.
Smith said: “It was just what we needed for the confidence. The defeat at Royston hurt us and that’s why we don’t need to say too much to the players sometimes.
“The players won’t forget what it felt like after that Royston game. That feeling of losing, that feeling of hurting is not one we want to feel – and those who have been with us since we took over know we’re not accustomed to that feeling.
“We don’t have the right to win any game, we know that. All we can do is work hard to get where we want. A win like that, in that fashion, will do the lads the world of good.”
Chesterfield loanee Kellerman took his goal nicely. Jack Concannon picked up a lose ball and slipped him in, the ball sitting up nicely off a defender for Kellerman to lace into the roof of the net.
Tamworth continued to surge forward at every opportunity and finally doubled their lead courtesy of Creaney. As the clock ticked over the half hour mark, the striker took control on the edge of the box, held off his man and arrowed his shot well beyond the Lowestoft keeper.
Creaney would go on to hit a hat-trick, but Beswick stole the show just before the break. Tamworth won a free kick on halfway and the Lambs’ captain glanced up to see the keeper off his line before looping the ball over him for three.
Four minutes after the break Creaney got his second and bagged the match ball ten minutes later, rolling home from the spot after Concannon was felled in the box.
Jake Reed pulled one back for the well-beaten visitors, but Taylor piled on the misery with 76 minutes gone, dinking the ball home to bring up six.
“All the goals were excellent,” Smith added. “I’m very pleased for Dan Creaney because pre-season hasn’t been easy for him. You see his performances in the last couple of games and I’m scratching my head wondering why he isn’t playing at a higher level.
“Certainly, if he plays like that on a consistent basis, he could do just that. I was pleased for Mikey Taylor too who came on and got his goal to get off the mark again for us.”