The FA Cup - First Round
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Tamworth 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Nick Chadwick

Nick Chadwick's goal was enough for Conference Premier side Tamworth to upset League Two Cheltenham in the FA Cup first round.

Chadwick's right-footed shot was set up by Justin Richards, who out-muscled a defence which struggled against the Lambs' physicality throughout.

The visitors looked disjointed until the second half and almost levelled through Steve Elliott's volley.

But Tamworth went close to doubling the lead numerous times and held on.

An injury time penalty appeal - when the visitors' Keith Lowe went down in the box - could have left the home side to rue Andy Todd's first-half shot against the crossbar and a flurry of later efforts, including Todd's point-blank header near the final whistle.

Cheltenham came close to an equaliser when sub Elliott volleyed acrobatically, but 2-0 looked more likely, with on-loan Chadwick shooting over the bar to miss out on a second goal.

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Post-match: Cheltenham boss Yates

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"They've got some good players and it was their day today, they've done a decent job on us.

"I thought we had seven or eight good chances where we've not pulled the trigger or had the desire that the ball finishes in the back of the net.

"We're not kidding ourselves that we're in a good place right now, but there's not a great deal wrong, we've got one or two things to work on.

"It's massively disappointing for the chairman, for the fans and everyone connected to the club. We have to pick ourselves up but we need a long look at ourselves now."

Line-ups

Tamworth

  • 1BelfordBooked at 61mins
  • 21ThomasBooked at 89mins
  • 19Capaldi
  • 20Todd
  • 6Richards-Everton
  • 15Courtney
  • 29Hildreth
  • 33MorganBooked at 26mins
  • 9Richards
  • 27WrightBooked at 18mins
  • 28Chadwick

Substitutes

  • 7Kerry
  • 8Baker
  • 10Byfield
  • 25Higgins
  • 26Elford-Alliyu
  • 31Belford
  • 34Keane

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 22Braham-BarrettBooked at 85mins
  • 14Richards
  • 8DeeringSubstituted forKotwicaat 82'minutes
  • 2Lowe
  • 5Brown
  • 16PennSubstituted forElliottat 45'minutes
  • 10Gornell
  • 9Harrison
  • 7Cureton
  • 4Taylor

Substitutes

  • 6Elliott
  • 12Roberts
  • 17Hanks
  • 19Kotwica
  • 20Jombati
  • 21Vincent
  • 27Williams
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
1,566

Match Stats

Home TeamTamworthAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tamworth 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tamworth 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nick Chadwick (Tamworth).

  5. Post update

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Justin Richards (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Justin Richards (Tamworth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Booking

    Wayne Thomas (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Wayne Thomas (Tamworth).

  13. Post update

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Justin Richards (Tamworth) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  16. Booking

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    David Morgan (Tamworth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Tamworth. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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