Tamworth FC v Bedworth United
Lambs Legend Gary Smith and assistant Andy Danylyszyn came in as the interim management duo to replace the departed Dennis Greene for the visit of Bedworth United to The Lamb for the first time (in a league encounter) since 1997 with five changes to the side that suffered defeat at Biggleswade.
United got the game underway attacking the Castle End of the ground however it was The Lambs that pegged the visitors back.
In the 12th minute Beswick played the ball through the centre of the visiting defence and Concannon sprinted on to it and slotted it under the advancing keeper from the left of the box to lift the roof off the stands (1-0, 12 mins)
Gough saw his shot from a Concannon, celebrating his 19th birthday, pull back blocked by the Greenbacks defence on 14 and on 16 Parrott picked up a booking for a late challenge on Beswick on the left wing.
Shaw and Waite whipped balls across the box from the right looking for an outstretched boot as the clock ticked round to 20 but Bedworth defended strongly as did Gough at the other end on 19 when the visitors broke through.
The freekick from Rowe was perfectly struck and beat Simpson’s dive towards the top right corner and both sides started again (1-1, 20 mins)
Waite’s ball for Shaw to sprint on to on 22 earned The Lambs a corner on the right via a deflection off Shaw’s cross and Concannon got the ball back from Beswick to force another on the same side which came to nothing.
Hancocks was booked for a clash with Waite as the number 9 tried to make his way down the right wing on 26 and Beswick’s deadball was glanced behind for a Concannon corner on the left which curled agonisingly over the far corner of bar and post.
Waite was only just beaten by the offside trap on 29 as he looked to go one on one with Harrison.
Harrison pulled off a superb one handed push around the far post on 31 after Concannon made space for himself on the left of the box and fired a low shot towards the far post, and the corner came to nothing.
Waite sprinted to try ad pounce on the loose ball heading for the box on 39 but the keeper was quicker to it.
Harrison also beat Concannon to the long ball down the left and cleared it into the car park on 42 as The Lambs looked to end the half in front, and when Waite beat the keeper to a bouncing ball and headed it over him it looked like they may do so but the last United defender booted it away from danger before the half time whistle blew.
HT: TAMWORTH 1 1 BEDWORTH UNITED
vTamworth made a change restarted proceedings but the visitors took the lead on 46 when Rowley picked up the ball in a crowd on the edge of the area and fired low inside the left hand upright (1-2, 46 mins)
The goalscorer was booked for repeatedly moaning to the referee about a challenge, on 56 and The Lambs made their second change on 57.
Gibson became the fourth Bedworth player to have his name taken on 59.
Waite burst down the left and cut the ball back for Green in the next move but the latter’s shot from the edge of the area rose over the target.
Clement tried his luck from 20 yards but it went back to the arms of Harrison on 65.
Waite snuck through the back line on 66 and round the keeper but with a defender in close quarters his shot was blocked and cleared before Smith could mop up the rebound.
With light rain now drizzling over the 3G pitch Green forced a corner on the right and Maphosa’s downward on target header was cleared away.
Tamworth kept the pressure on though and Maphosa’s ball into the area from the right channel was met by Clement 6 yards out and turned home for the equaliser (2-2, 76 mins)
Waite forced a corner following a mazy run into the area on 80 and on 81 at the other end Troke’s diving header went way off target with the goal gaping.
Smith was booked for leading with an elbow on 83 and then former Lamb Iyseden Christie took to the field for the last kicks of the game.
Bedworth forced a corner via a deflected shot from Hancocks on 92 but it came to nothing and both sides had to be happy with a point a piece.
Simpson, Green K, Gough, Magunda (Maphosa HT), Kettle (c.), Jemson, Shaw (Smith 57), Beswick, Waite, Clement, Concannon (Lait 79)
Subs: Jeynes, Cole
YC: Smith 83
Bedworth United Team:
Harrison, Whitmore, Rowe, Parrott, Albrighton, Sharpe, Rowley (Christie 84), Fitzharris, Gibson, Troke, Hancocks
Subs: Noon, Abraham, Hendricks, Platt
YC: Parrott 16, Hancocks 26, Rowley 56, Gibson 59
Man of the Match: Footsteps and Tamworth Herald chose Jack Concannon
Referee: Mr. N. Pratt