Marcus Law made just one change to the side that defeated Lincoln on Saturday, with Duane Courtney coming in for the suspended Richard Tait, and his absence handed the armband to Tom Marshall. Marcus Kelly made his first appearance on the team sheet since his opening day injury at Dartford.
Luton got the game underway kicking towards the Castle End of the ground and with the rain having now stopped the players were left to play on a slippy, skippy surface. The visitors won a corner inside the second minute and hit it too long to be of any use to anyone and on 5 Lawless tried again from the same side, his angled ball out finding Howells on the edge of the area but The Lambs defence was strong and cleared for Till to make a run. Breeden was forced to clear his lines to the left of his box on 8 when Gray chased down a long ball but the Lambs keeper cleared it far out of the ground and, by all accounts, onto the Egg. Rendell and Gray combined but Howells was unable to get a clean shot away on 11 while Jeffers pulled a neat trick out of the bag to keep the ball in play in the left corner and Barrow launched the resulting throw but Luton cleared. A nudge on Cunnington set up a Lambs freekick 35 yards out on 13 but Barrow's ball in found his teammates offside. Kerry intercepted a misplaced pass by the visitors and tried to set up Cunnington with a curling pass off the outside of his boot, but it was just too long and Tyler collected. On 23 Tamworth took the lead through Dempster who got his head onto a curled freekick into the box by Barrow and powered it past Tyler amid a crowd of players. (1-0, 23 mins) Cunnington was tripped in the right channel as he tried to advance towards the box on 25 and Till's ball in was headed in off the far post by Marshall, but play had already been halted for a push in the build up. Essam directed a header past the far post on 30, the closest the visitors had come all game, while at the other end Beckwith nipped the ball off Till's feet for a Lambs corner as he bore down into the box. The corner was headed over his own bar by Rowe-Turner and although Marshall saw his header pushed away at the far post by Tyler, once again there had been a foul in the build up from the flag kick and play was halted. Barrow was awarded a freekick after a foul by Gray and then another was awarded further up field when Cunnington was brought down again, but it was cleared and Kerry was adjudged to have fouled on The Shed side earning himself a booking on 36. Luton didn't have much in the way of an answer to the Lambs willingness to get upfield and another freekick was awarded in a very similar position to all the others and although the ball wound its way into the box a corner was the reward which came to nothing. Such was the Hatters frustration that Lawless was booked after Cunnington ran back the length of the field to deny him a cross on the right and the visiting player reacted in full view of the referee. Then Kerry was penalised for a foul on Howells in the centre circle, but escaped a second yellow by virtue of a stiff talking to. Two minutes added time was shown at the end of the first half, which ended with The Lambs in seventh position in the league.
HT: Tamworth 10 Luton Town
The Lambs restarted proceedings and Cunnington almost forced a goal with just 24 seconds gone but his low ball from the right of the box was hacked away by Beckwith from a few yards out and the corner came to nothing. The crowd shouted for a handball when the ball bounced around the box on 50 but the referee waved it away immediately as a corner was won on the left by the tea hut, and Jeffers turned his marker but couldn't get a shot away before Beckwith got a boot in the way. Paul Buckle made a trio of changes just short of the hour mark with the rain starting to come down again on The Lamb and on 62 Barrow hit a low shot form the left of the box but it was easy for Tyler to gather at his near post. Luton equalised on 63 through substitute Kasim who was given three chances to get his shot away from 10 yards out, the first two rebounding back to his feet and the last one rolling agonisingly inside the right hand post with Breeden unable to get to it. (1-1, 63 mins) Kerry almost made it through past Tyler to give The Lambs the lead back again but the ball just wouldn't fall and Luton broke with the ball eventually falling to substitute Fleetwood who rifled home from 12 yards on the right of the box much to the delight of the 390 travelling fans, but seeing Breeden pick up a booking for his reaction. (1-2, 66 mins) There was a close call at the other end when Cunnington watched in agony as his effort just cleared the target on 68 and the rain got even heavier. Dempster was booked for a challenge on Rendell on 69 and then on 71 Kerry chipped from the left for the far post and Wright headed on target but also in the arms of the grateful Tyler. Breeden raced out of his area and cleared the ball long up field but was clattered by Rendell in front of the linesman by the Shed and required treatment before continuing. Inside the final 15 minutes Jeffers tried his luck with an angled shot from the left channel but cleared the target by some distance while at the other end Courtney blocked a fair chance from Rendell after good work from Fleetwood to cut the ball back from the left. The rain had all but halted as the final ten minutes commenced and Gray fed Fleetwood with a low ball through the Lamsb back four but the latter's shot was high over the bar from 25 yards. Barrow then almost saw his left wing cross find the head of the inrushing Cunnington but Tyler gathered the ball at height and play switched to the Meadow Street end where Gray curled a shot wide of the right hand post. Marcus Law made his first change with a handful of minutes remaining, and another a minute before four minutes of added time was shown, hopeful they would be able to bring at least a point from the game. Tamworth did their best to try and push forwards in the returned rain and Breeden moved towards the half way line to launch balls back down field as and when required, but it couldn't bring a point.
Tony BREEDEN (GK), George BALDOCK, Tom MARSHALL (c), Adam CUNNINGTON, Tommy WRIGHT, Lloyd KERRY, Shaun JEFFERS (Charlie COLLINS 89), Duane COURTNEY, Peter TILL, Scott BARROW (Connor GUDGER 86), John DEMPSTER Subs: James WREN (GK), Marcus KELLY, Jorden IVEY-WARD
Luton Town Team:
Mark TYLER (GK), Lathaniel ROWE-TURNER (Jake ROBINSON 57), Dean BECKWITH, Alex LAWLESS, Jon SHAW (Stuart FLEETWOOD 58), Scott RENDELL, JJ O'DONNELL, Connor ESSAM, Ronnie HENRY (c) (Yaser KASIM 58), Andre GRAY, Jake HOWELLS Subs: Janos KOVACS, Dan WALKER