Smith bursting with pride as Tamworth hold firm to set up replay with Notts County

(Credit: Richard Walker/Lambs Media)

Tamworth stood firm to book themselves a second crack at Notts County after a resolute performance against the National League side.

The Lambs, separated from their opponents by 41 places in the league system, saw their opponents have a lot of the ball for the most part.

But Notts struggled to create many clear-cut chances with Tamworth happy to let their visitors fire off mostly shots from range.

Boss Gary Smith said: “To say we are proud of our team is an understatement.

“We came out today and put in a fantastic performance and we’ve contained them. We had a few chances and Jas Singh made a few great saves for us as well.

“It’s a fantastic draw and a great advert for the FA Cup and it’s great for us and our level for us to be in the hat for the first round draw.

“The fans have come out and give us unbelievable support and it’s something me and Andy [Danylyszyn] can both look back on and cherish.”

Notts started on the front foot, but Tamworth were the ones who carved out the first obvious chance with Tyrell Waite hammering an effort straight at Anthony Patterson.

Tyrell Waite skips away from Matty Palmer (Credit: Richard Walker/Lambs Media)

Ruben Rodrigues fired back for the visitors with a long-distance shot to force Jas Singh into a flying save. Moments later, Cal Roberts’ curling effort from the right was a bit more comfortable for the Lambs’ stopper.

Rodrigues was a thorn in the Lambs’ side for most of the game in truth, drawing another save from Singh before smacking the crossbar from a free kick.

Jack Thomas almost capitalised on some questionable Notts defending when he was inches away from Joel Taylor’s sloppy back pass, but Patterson was alert.

Tamworth were giving as good as they got and almost went ahead when Jack Concannon lifted a volley just wide.

Notts were unrelenting in the early stages of the second half. Matty Palmer saw his effort fly narrowly wide before Roberts let one go from range only to be met by the impressive Singh once more.

Gary Smith salutes the Tamworth fans (Credit: Richard Walker/Lambs Media)

The introduction of Dexter Walters gave Tamworth a second wind, the winger bursting past Taylor before unleashing at Patterson’s near post – but that was the last real chance for either side as both failed to make the breakthrough.

Joint boss Andrew Danylyszyn added: “I was very happy with how we set up and the lads really bought into the preparation we had done. But I was also happy with how we broke on the counter.

“The lads deserve all the credit today, to a man they were excellent. It summed it up in the last minute when we’ve got six lads sprinting back to make sure they don’t get caught on the counter.”

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