DENNIS Greene’s fourth league game in charge of Tamworth finally gave fans some encouragement as he looks to get the club back on track. On the back of an embarrassing second-half capitulation at home to Redditch United on Saturday, supporters would have been forgiven for approaching this game with the league leaders with some trepidation.
But Greene’s decision to change formation, shoring up his midfield and playing three up top, with Aman Verma in a centre-forward role, paid off.
The Lambs looked much more organised than they have done of late. They were competitive. The players all upped their work rate to earn the Lambs a deserved point.
It was solid rather than spectacular but, given what fans have been through in the last season and a bit, we’ll take that for now.
Tamworth arguably had the better of the first half.
They started well and Cameron Johnson saw an effort blocked while Tyrell Waite tested Paul White with a low drive after a positive run on the right.
The keeper parried but Durrell Berry cleared ahead of the hovering Johnson. Jordan Gough’s free-kick was then headed goalwards by Aman Verma and tipped on to the bar by White, who then denied Johnson on the follow up.
The Poppies responded and Michael Richens was denied by a good save from Jas Singh. But Tamworth went closest to opening the scoring after that as Waite set Verma free on 25 minutes. He advanced but, under pressure, was denied by the advancing White.
Marcus Law’s Kettering had the better of the second half but Tamworth contributed too.
The visitors went close to the opener on 57 minutes as Andrea Borg, who had only just come on, flitted into the box but hit a left-footed effort over.
For the Lambs, Tyrell Waite whipped in a low cross at the other end which was cut out by White, Verma tried an effort from 25 yards which whistled just over the bar and Paul Green fired over.
It was the visitors who ended the stronger. Ex-Lamb Marcus Kelly saw a curling free-kick saved by Singh and sub Brett Solkhon headed against the post when he really should have done better.
That would have been cruel on the Lambs though, who were certainly worth a point.
Fans will be feeling a little bit more positive after that performance but will also be hoping it doesn’t prove to be a false dawn.
Thanks to the Tamworth Herald for the match report
Singh, Green K, Gough, Beswick (c.), Kettle, Jemson, Green, Verma, Johnson (Finn 72), Maguda, Waite (Clement 86)
Subs: Shaw, Moore, Dunkley
Kettering Town Team:
White, Berry, Richens (c.), Miekle (Solkhon 82), Milnes (Borg 57), Hoenes, Kelly-Evans, Kelly, Towers, Graham, Rowe-Turner (Toseland 79)
Subs: Hotter, Elsom
Referee: Mr. R. Walker