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A draw at Victory Park makes it eight without defeat

FT: Chorley 1    1 Tamworth

17 December 2016The fourth placed travellers returned refreshed after a weekend off to face the third placed Magpies at Victory Park, a venue where Tamworth which had yet to see a win for a Lambs side.
Andy Morrell made 2 changes to the side that beat basement club Altrincham two Saturday’s previously, with Connor Taylor struggling with injury and Stephan Morley also out.
The Lambs kicked off away from the clubhouse and of the ground and they forced a corner on 4 which drew everyone but Belshaw, Fox and Burns in to the box and it fell to Newton, but his driven effort from 8 yards was blocked and cleared.
Newton forced another right sided flag kick on 8 and the fans behind the goal were loud in their shouts for handball from a downward header at the far post but nothing was given and no one could stab the loose ball home.
On 11 a right sided cross from Tomassen was met by the head of Briscoe at the far post but Rowley caught his looping effort at height.
Briscoe struck from distance on 12 and forced Rowley to push it around the post for a corner, which Dyer glanced goalward and it was headed off the line and away.
Cottrell’s drive from 30 yards struck Jones and went out for a corner on 18 and a mix up saw Belshaw forced to punch it off the incoming Magpie.
Dyer needed treatment on the field for what looked like an ankle injury on 25 but was Ok to continue.
Newton picked up the ball on the left channel on 28 and tried his luck but shot wide of the near post and Fox forced Rowley into a blocking save at his near post after good work from Davies released Newton to thread it through.
Chorley countered though and Belshaw had to be quick to prevent Carver. From a Lambs attack on 36 Chorley broke and went 2 on 1 against Burns 35 yards out but the wrong pass saw Belshaw gather it easily and the keeper was equal to a long range shot from Carver a minute later.
A hesitant and miskicking Lambs defence rode their luck on 40 when the ball was only half cleared away.
A ball in from Roscoe on the left was straight onto the head of Carver as two minutes added time was shown, but he headed it forwards instead of to his left and both goal mouths escaped any more pressure before the break.

HT: Chorley 0    0 Tamworth

Chorley restarted proceedings but the first chance was on for Tamworth when Briscoe turned on the ball and forced a shot at the near post which popped up and was headed over, under considerable pressure, by Newton.
A long ball from Sheron had to be put behind for Chorley corner on 48 and it was headed out to Roscoe but his shot blocked and it then fell invitingly to Leather who smashed it home from the edge of the box through a crowd of players past the unsighted Belshaw. (1-0, 49 mins)
A foul on Dyer on 53 set up Davies with a deadball to strike into the box and it was headed behind for a corner on the left.
A foul by Cottrell earned him a booking on 55 and set up Davies again but a push in the box amongst a crowd of players stopped play.
Sheron was booked for getting in the way of Fox on 57 and this time Briscoe put the ball in, it was nodded down by Newton and Dyer finished the chance at the second attempt. (1-1, 58 mins)
Belshaw did very well to get his hands to a very well worked cross from Challoner on 69 which the home number 2 slid to reach and lifted into the box.
Fog descended on the pitch like a thick pea soup and made things difficult from the terraces with 15 to play.
On 75 Dyer lifted the ball through for Newton to run onto and he tapped it past the keeper but the covering defender cleared it away.
At the other end a lofted ball seemed to set nicely for two Chorley players but they both got tangled and Belshaw smothered it quickly.
The Lambs pushed forward in numbers on 79 and the move ended with Dyer striking high over the target from the right of the area.
Carver headed a right wing cross from Challoner wide of the far upright on 80 as the game continued to swing either way quickly.
Mills picked up the ball over the half way line on 84 and headed for the box, but inside and struck a deflected cross high in the air, but the offside flag prevented Newton’s header from being a meaningful one.
Two minutes added time was shown at the end of the half and Newton was announced as the away MOM by the stadium announcer, who, seconds earlier had been shown a second yellow card for what appeared to be an innocuous challenge in the fog on the far side of the pitch and duly left the field having been shown the red card as a result.
A last kick of the game freekick by Mills made it’s way back to Rowley and the final whistle blew on a point a piece and the eighth league game without defeat.

Tamworth Team:

Belshaw, Burns, Tomassen, Fox, Jones, Lane, Briscoe, Clarke (Deeney 71), Newton, Dyer, Davies (Mills 76)
Subs: Ezewele, Morrell, Opoku

YC: Newton 70 + 90 (Sent off 90)

Chorley Team:

Rowley, Challoner, Blakeman, Sheron (Teague 71), Leather, Charnock, Rocsoe, Witham, Carver, Walker, Cottrell
Subs: O’Keefe, Beesley, Azam, Jarvis

YC: Cottrell 55, Sheron 57

Attendance: 1050

Referee: Mr. P. Graham

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