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Lambs make another point

FT: Tamworth 1    1 Boston United

25 August 2014The Lambs returned home following the Bank Holiday Saturday point against Worcester and Dale Belford was forced to make two changes to the starting eleven with Jackson on the bench and Clarke unavailable through injury with Trainer and Mettam taking their place in the line up. Boston got he game underway and immediately Mettam’s challenge on Meadows halted proceedings.
Mettam burst round the back of the home defence and latched onto the through ball well but the offside flag denied his shot, which had been stopped by Gledhill already.
With the ball skipping around well on the rain soaked surface Thornton tried to find Mettam with a chip over the top of the Pilgrims defence but once again the offside flag denied him a shot on goal.
A trio of corners were forthcoming around the 12 minute mark and Thornton was forced to swap sides for the last one when Preston was denied at the far post and Mettam’s glancing header went past the target. Mettam’s chest back to Hibbert struck from distance on 14 but once again the flag would have denied his shot which went wide of the mark by just a few feet.
The pace did not let up and Boston packed their defence out whenever the Lambs got anywhere near the final third of the field and when Thornton stumbled into the box under a challenge but tried to continue there was no penalty claim, but also no stop in play for the initial knock. Boston went close on 25 through Felix but his low cross was blocked by Preston and The Lambs cleared their lines.
Hibbert missed his kick from an inviting right wing cross on 28 and when Sleath crossed from the left on 30, Mettam’s volleyed shot deflected behind for a corner on the left. Thornton broke his marker and made headway into the box but the referee pulled play back as he advanced down the line and Holingsworth was booked for his efforts.
The freekick was met by Mettam but he was unable to get it the right side of the post.
Southwell struck left footed from 30 yards and Belshaw tipped his shot wide of the left hand upright before punching the corner clear and after a short period of added time the whistle blew on a goalless first half.

HT: Tamworth 0    0 Boston United

The rain continued to hammer down on The Lamb Tamworth got the second half underway but it was Boston’s Mills who struck first as his powerful right footed drive from the right of the box rose over the target and into the away end.
Purdie slid in to block Southwell’s effort after Felix had broken through the back line then on 53 Mettam saw a close range strike blocked well by Gledhill and the corner was cleared.
Adams was unable to continue just short of the hour and Jackson came on in his place as the rain got heavier.
The floodlights went out shortly afterwards but the brightness of the daylight ensured play was able to continue without any trouble and Pilgrims captain Garner struck well at The Lambs goal but was denied.
Sleath picked up a booking for a tackle from behind on 68 and The Lambs made another change as Mettam went off and Taylor came on.
A penalty was awarded against Belshaw when he clipped Fallah in the six yard box as the Boston player tried to pounce on the through ball from Southwell and the latter stepped up for the kick only to see the keeper save his low effort.
Meadows watched his looping header drop far enough over the bar for Belshaw to be happy to watch it out of play on 77.
Boston kept up the pressure at the top end of the ground and Mills’ freekick fooled everyone allowing Southwell to slide in and force a save from Belshaw, but Felix was on hand to side foot home (0-1, 79 mins)
The next time The Lambs had a shot was on 87 as Thornton struck from distance and Gledhill spilled the ball allowing Jackson to nip in and equalise from six yards out. (1-1, 87 mins)

Tamworth Team:
Belshaw, Green, Trainer, Hildreth (Daniels 81), Preston, Sleath (Taylor 69), Adams (Jackson 58), Purdie, Hibbert, Thornton, Mettam (Taylor 81)
Subs: James, Simmonds

Boston United Team:
Gledhill, Mills, Steer, Felix, Garner, Piergianni, Doran (Marshall 81), Hollingsworth, Southwell (Galinski 81), Dickson (Fallah 57),
Subs: Vince, Reynolds

Attendance: 718

Referee: Mr D. Meeson

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