First points of the year are shared
01 January 2012
Marcus Law rang the changes to his starting eleven in the first match of 2012 making no less than six differenced to the side that suffered the humiliating defeat to Alfreton on Boxing Day including a debut for new signing Callum Wilson and spots on the bench for the other two new comers Sam Oji and Chez Isaacs.
On the flip side, Alfreton boss Nicky Law made just one change to his sixteen with a change of personnel on the substitute's bench.
In front of the FA TV cameras Tamworth got the game underway kicking towards the Castle End and the 19 second mark passed without incident! In fact The Lambs had the ball in the opponents half until the third minute.
On 5, Francis was forced to concede a corner on the right in front of the vocal away end but a combination of Collisters punch and some hard defending cleared the danger, and in the break that occurred Shariff almost forged a chance, but the ball skipped off the surface in front of him and Day gathered it.
On 11, as the rain fell heavily Wilson was adjudged to have tackled Franklin harshly on the Alfreton left wing and the player required a lengthy visit from the physio before the freekick could be taken. Law's deep dead ball was punched strongly away by Collister.
Collister then sliced a clearance and Tait was unable to prevent the Alfreton forwards getting the ball in the first instance, but Tamworth recovered and did clear it away down field.
On 16 Franklin picked up a yellow card for high studs on Wilson, and although the freekick from the right was half cleared, Courtney rifled home the loose ball from a position on the left of the box, his first for the club (1-0, 17 mins)
The rain was now coming down in buckets and Christie scuffed a shot from 8 yards on 22 in what loked a certain second goal for Tamworth.
Tait tried his luck from the D on 23 and as quickly as the rain had started it all but petered out and Christie took the ball off the incoming toes of Day but Shariff was unable to convert his pull back.
Courtney almost doubled his tally on 27 with a shot on the spin but cleared the target while at the other end, Francis lost out to Arnold but the visiting striker was way off the mark with his effort.
Barrow was brought down with a high boot on 32 and the Shed were not happy with the yellow card shown to Moult and the Lambs player hobbled off the pitch but returned shortly afterwards and cleared a dangerous ball out of his own box on 35 but dropped to the floor in obvious pain and Isaacs came on for his debut.
Town put some pressure on the Lambs back four immediately after the change and Brown wass thwarted by a full body slide from Collister at his right hand upright on 40.
The scores were level on 42 though, when a cross box ball was not cleared effectively and Streete finished with a low drive from 18 yards out. (1-1, 42 mins)
Three minutes added time were shown at the end of the half and a searching left wing cross from Habergham caused problems for Day and his defenders and Courtney flashed a header past the far post after Christie had been fouled in front of the clubhouse to set up a freekick.
With the rain now a persistent drizzle, Alfreton got the second half underway and in the 47th minute Gudger sent a corner in to the danger area and almost followed up his ball after the visitors failed to clear, but neither he or Christie could finish the chance.
However, in the next push forward Christie found himself with plenty of time in front of goal and fired home to put The Lambs back in front (2-1, 48 mins)
Alfreton tried to get one back quickly with Arnold lifting his shot from the edge of the box over the bar.
Gudger was booked for a foul on Streete on the half way line on 52 and Nicky Law made a change to his side.
The visitors enjoyed a spell of pressure around the hour mark and won a corner on 62 on the left which Brown rose highest to head goalward and it dropped into the net inside the far post to level the tie again (2-2, 62 mins)
The Lambs almost regained the lead from the restart when Christie was felled on the edge of the area. But Habergham's freekick cannoned off a defender and then off Gudger before striking the top of the crossbar and out to safety.
Quinn was booked for pulling Christie back as he tried to make headway down the right on 68 but the freekicki had to wait while the referee sorted out a bit of argy bargy in the box but it was the last action for Christie as Patterson brought fresh legs into the attack.
Habergham picked up a booking for halting the progress of the Alfreton attack on 74 and the freekick won a corner which Francis and then Courtney cleared.
Francis needed treatment shortly afterwards though and was unable to continue which meant a debut appearance for Oji.
Young placed a free header from a right sided corner high and wide of the mark on 80 and Oji saved Collister's blushes on 82 when the keeper's attempted clearance was blocked and fell to Brown who saw the defender clear his shot away with the keeper out of position.
Another yellow card was shown on 83 when Streete slid through Habergham on the left wing and from the free kick the ball fell to Kanyuka on the edge of the area but his shot lacked power and Day collected easily.
Gudger and Patterson combined to almost regain the lead shortly before the clock ticked onto the 90 minute mark but Day somehow prevented Patterson's close range shot from going in.
Four minutes additional time were shown and although both sides tried to put pressure on the opposition keepers the game finished all square.
Collister, Tait, Habergham, Courtney, Francis (Oji 78), Wilson, Gudger, Barrow (Isaacs 36), Shariff, Christie (Patterson 70), Kanyuka
Subs: St. Aimie, Thomas
Yellow Cards: Gudger 52, Habergham 74
Alfreton Town Team:
Day, Law, Franklin (Wilson M 52), Street, Young, Brown, Moult, Arnold (Clayton 77), Wilson A, Jarman (Mullan 61), Quinn
Subs: Hall, Church
Yellow Cards: Franklin 16, Moult 32, Quinn 68, Streete 83
Man of the Match: Match Sponsors Pool House chose Duane Courtney
Referee: Mr. K. Johnson