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It's even Stevens with the Saints

FT: Tamworth 1    1 Brackley Town

20 January 2018

After a weekend off, but a disappointing run out in the midweek friendly at RAF Cosford, Andy Morrell brought in two new faces and one familiar one as the side welcomed third place Bracknell to the EST Electrical Services Stadium at The Lamb.

Keeper Jack Stevens came in from Oxford United and striker Dan Turner from Port Vale, while Tom Shaw returned to The Lamb for a second spell, signing from Chester 24 hours previously.

The snow subsided and was replaced by light drizzle, and after a minutes applause in memory of recently departed footballing legend Cyrille Regis, Brackley got the game underway attacking the Castle End.
Williams hit a low shot at Stevens which he took low as the Saints went on the attack and they kept Tamworth penned back for the opening exchanges.
A deep freekick was glanced behind by Dean on 7 and a defence splitting move on 11 saw Ndlovu released down the left and his shot was bravely saved by Stevens but the ball came back for Armson and he struck the bar from 15 yards before the ball was cleared.
Kettle nearly picked up a booking for a late challenge which saw Byrne end up on the floor on 19 and the same player struck the dead ball straight at Stevens.
Shaw got in the way of a piledriver on 22 and took a moment to recover from the shock of a well struck ball.
Tamworth forced Brackley to conceded a corner on the half hour and it was headed behind for another which came to nothing as The Lambs exerted a little counter pressure.
Powell was upended by Byrne on 32 and Kotwica struck the wall setting up Morley with the rebound which he struck straight at Lewis.
The Lambs took the lead on 37 when Stevens took the ball at height and it was worked upfield to Taylor on the right on the box who saw his shot parried and finished from close range by Powell (1-0, 37 mins)
Brackley thought they had equalised on 39 when Williams put the ball into the back of the net after a flowing move set him up with a simple finish but the offside flag ruled it out.
Burns picked up a booking in front of the away dugout on 41 and Lowe tried his luck from distance on 42 but it was high and wide of the mark.
Two minutes added time was shown at the end of the first half and a freekick was awarded in the visitors favour which The Lambs dealt with before the whistle blew on half time.

HT: Tamworth 1    0 Brackley Town

Tamworth restarted proceedings and on 53 Verma was booked for a pull on Myles and Byrne struck the resultant freekick straight at the keeper.
On 58 a trip by Powell on Myles set up Byrne with another dead ball and it allowed the visitors to keep in the final third of the field.
A dangerous looping cross forced Stevens to push it behind for a corner past his far post on the hour and a the other end on 64 Powell whipped the ball into the box from the left but no one could get a final touch on it to double the advantage.
Taylor crossed the ball in low from the right and Turner was unlucky not to connect with it on 67.
Morrell made a double change with 20 to play and Stevens made a double stop to prevent Brackley on 73.
Morley was unable to continue with 15 to play so Coulson came in to the fray a minute or two later. A high boot against Knights 25 yards out in a central position on 81 set up the substitute with a freekick and Lewis had to watch it to make sure he caught it cleanly.
A Brackley corner on 84 was headed up and dropped in the area, The Lambs defended as if their lives depended on it but they were unable to prevent Armson from firing the equaliser into the back of the net from 6 yards (1-1, 84 mins)
Powell lifted the ball from the eft towards the far post on 89 and Jones headed it down but he was denied a goal and possible winner by a combination of post and defender before Brackley cleared.
The amount of added time to be played wasn’t shown so the players kept on playing and Shaw nearly capped a fine return to The Lambs with a chipped shot from 18 yards but it went over the cross bar by a yard to so as did a last ditch attempt by the visitors in the next move and both sides settled for a point.

Tamworth Team:

Stevens, Burns, Morley (Coulson 77), Shaw T., Jones (c.), Kettle, Powell, Verma, Taylor, Turner (Reid 69), Kotwica (Knights 69)
Subs: Wharton, Walters

YC: Burns 41, Verma 53

Brackley Town Team:

Lewis, Myles, Franklin (Brown 83), Byrne, Gudger, Dean, Walker, Armson, Ndlovu (Lucas 90), Williams, Lowe (Walker 70)
Subs: Streete, Graham

YC: Armson 33

Attendance: 588

Man of the Match: Andrew Turland chose Jack Stevens

Referee: Mr. D. Watson

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