On the back of Saturday’s morale boosting 2-0 victory over The Crows of Royston, The Lambs welcomed The Turbines of Peterborough Sports to the CR MOT Community Stadium. Looking to continue where they left off though would be a tough call, with the visitors sitting in 3rd place in the league before kick off, hot on the heels of Tamworth’s opponents the coming weekend, Coalville Town in 2nd.
Earlier in the season The Lambs travelled to Lincoln Road and came away on the back of a 2-0 reversal, so the stakes were high, but not insurmountable for Gary Smith and Tom Baillie’s second game at the helm of the squad.
There were two changes to the side that ran out at the weekend, with Hart and Yafai unavailable, Thomas and Shaw came into the starting eleven while on the bench Beswick returned after illness.
Peterborough got the game underway attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half but it was The Lambs who made first forays forwards with Walters involved both times. The first a low cross which was cut out, and the second a shot at keeper White.
At the other end, Moreman spotted Singh off his line and half volleyed from 25 yards over the target without troubling the home keeper on 8.
Chong was allowed too much time and space on 10, firing left footed from distance and didn’t test Singh with his shot flying wide of the left hand post.
The crisp January evening meant players breaths could be seen clearly across the pitch as both sides played a considered game without exerting too much pressure in either direction and a goalless first 15 minutes was a fair reflection.
On 17 though, Sembie-Ferris who had scored against Tamworth on the past two meetings, nearly added a third with a curling shot from the right channel which didn’t quite bend inside the far post.
In response, Concannon found Shaw with a low pass from the right but the resulting shot went over the bar from 18 yards, and Peterborough responded with a shot from Chong which Singh dropped to smother.
Clement struck against the covering defender on the edge of the area and out for a corner on the right on 21 which Pendley got his head to, but he couldn’t get it on target.
Chong struck a low shot from 35 yards and looked to be going in but Singh pushed it out for a corner and from the flagkick the keeper denied a far post shot from McCammon for another flagkick.
Thomas sent an inviting ball in from the right on 28 and found Walters in space on the left of the six yard box, struck it on the volley and it rebounded off the crossbar before being cleared.
Concannon was brought down on 29 by Chong who was booked for his tackle and in the next move, Bell looked to be going through on goal but his first touch was too heavy and Peterborough were able to defend the loose ball, although McGowan took a knock in the play and needed treatment before the match could resume.
Walters whipped another ball into the box on 35 and Bell met it but White was also equal to it to prevent the opening goal of the game.
Shaw found himself with a sight on goal on 37 after good play from Walters to Concannon to set him up from 20 yards out in a central position, but the shot was straight at White.
As the minutes ticked on The lambs continue to work as a unit and battle strongly into added time and Bell struck low but it was easy for White to stop.
Tamworth restarted proceedings and on 47 Walters forced a corner with a low shot following a darting run into the left of the area. White punched it clear though and The Lambs exerted more pressure and another corner through Walters which White was equal to.
Thomas rolled around his marker and fired wide of the far post from the right channel on 52, but on 54 McCammon received the ball midway into the Lambs half, in space, and struck from 20 yards inside the left hand post to give the visitors the lead against the run of play (0-1, 54 mins)
After the first change of the evening, Clement fired a freekick into the box but Pendley was unable to get his header on target.
Walters and Concannon swapped sides on the hour and the former drilled a cross into the area but White got there before Bell.
Thomas beat his man and floated a right sided cross into the path of Clement in the next move, and it fell to Shaw but he was off target with his effort as The Lambs moved quickly to try and get back into the game with a quick response.
Sembie-Ferris found Jones on the edge of the D on 64 but his touch around The Lambs defence was too strong and Singh was able to gather the loose ball.
Creaney replaced Bell on 67 to give the front line fresh legs although it was Clement who nearly netted the equaliser on 71 with a powerfully driven shot from 25 yards which skimmed just wide of the right hand post.
Beswick replaced Forde for his 100th Lambs appearance on 72 and he was joined by Lissimore who replaced Shaw a minute later but it was the visitors sub Warner-Eley who doubled his side’s lead on 78 with a rifled shot from the right of the area into the bottom left corner (0-2, 78 mins)
Sports were happy to run the clock a little as the minutes passed, and Sembie-Ferris pulled up briefly holding his hamstring as the cold set in and he dropped to the pitch forcing a third change and bringing substitute keeper into the middle of the park for the four minutes of added time at the end of the game.
A 91st minute freekick for Sports was struck by Warner-Eley straight into the wall, twice, but a follow up foul by Clement gave the visitors another chance on the right which was put out of play by Jones.
Clement was booked for a shirt pull on Sano-Sani and the whistle blew on a Sports win that put them within a point of Coalville.
Singh, Thomas 19, Wilder, Forde (Beswick 72), Pendley, Cox, Concannon, Clement, Bell (Creaney 67), Shaw (Lissimore 73), Walters
Subs: Cockerill-Mollett, Kinina
YC: Clement 93
White, Bucciero, Herd, McGowan, Gash, Lawlor, Sembie-Ferris (Elsom (GK) 88), Chong (Sano-Sani 58), Jones (c.), McCammon, Moreman Warner-Eley (74)
Subs (3 only): all used
YC: Chong 29, Bucciero 38
Referee: Mr. Pearson