Lambs pay the penalty
26 December 2012
A trip to Liberty Way saw Marcus Law's Lambs face Kevin Wilkin's Nuneaton as Boxing Day local rivalries were reignited.
Law made no changes to the side that roundly defeated Corby seven days previously and was looking for more of the same from his side in way of goalscoring exploits against the hosts, currently one point off the bottom of the league and with the worst goal difference.
Nuneaton got the game underway, kicking towards the away end, populated by a fine amount of vociferous travelling Lambs and Breeden got a very early touch when the ball ran out long.
On 2 a Newton sandwich of Regan and Kelly on the right wing allowed Walker to fire his freekick into the area and it was flicked out past the far post for a corner which was headed past the far post without really troubling Breeden.
The rain started to fall and home fans migrated behind the goal as the Lambs won a corner on the left, but Hendrie's short ball was fired long and Cunnington was unable to get a good header away.
* Tait played a good ball forwards for Cunnington to run on to on 12 and a good tackle prevented his shot and conceded a corner which Kelly fired in and Hendrie picked it up on the left. The former Villa man curled his shot goalward and forced McNamara into a fine one handed save to deny the opening goal of the game.
* On 15 a fine ball from the Nuneaton midfield allowed Newton to burst through the offside trap and was free down the right to go one on one as the flag stayed down but he squandered his own chance by cutting back away from goal and the resultant shot was very easy for Breeden to gather.
Kerry was booked for a late challenge on the left on 25 and the freekick was headed over his own bar by Tait for a corner on the right which was cleared easily.
As the half hour ticked around Nuneaton conceded a corner on the right and Kelly played it short before lifting a cross to the far post, however it was too much for Wright and Town cleared.
Hendrie fired a left sided corner past the far post on 34 and Tait stabbed it back into the danger area from which Wright finished from close range in front of the home fans allowing the Lambs fans to lift the roof off the away end (1-0, 34 mins)
More good work from Hendrie and Baldock down the right forced a corner on 43 but it was headed away and Baldock had the ball nipped off his toes for another flag kick on the same side which Kerry curled into the near post but Brown cleared.
Kerry forced McNamara into a punched clearance as the time ticked away and one minute added time was played out without further incident.
The Lambs restarted proceedings as the rain got colder and heavier and both sides struggled to create any flowing play for the opening ten minutes of the second half although the 300+ travelling faithful continued to keep the terraces warm with song after song.
When the ball came his way, Cunnington was finding it hard to get the better of defenders Gordon and Cowan and on the hour Wright tried another way through, chipping from the edge of the area onto the roof of the net with McNamara not really expecting the shot but happy to see it out over the frame of the goal.
A penalty was awarded on 70 when Walker's ball to the feet of York found his teammate, and the referee decided that Courtney's challenge on the latter was both inside the area and excessive. Walker stepped up for what could have been his ninth of the season, but struck the left hand post with his right footed shot and The Lambs survived.
Nuneaton kept up the pressure but the Lambs defence held strong and pushed forwards through Baldock and won a corner on the right which was cleared.
On 77 The Lambs won a freekick and Kelly's ball into the box from the right evaded everyone including the dive of McNamara but didn't quite bend in at the far post.
Cunnington fell under a challenge as the ball skipped past him on 79 and the lack of a penalty was hotly debated by the Lambs fans, and when Regan was upended by Gordon as the Lambs defender powered his way upfield the Nuneaton man was booked for his efforts.
There was a break while Nuneaton made two changes, and then Kelly curled his freekick over the wall and forced McNamara to tip the ball over the bar for a corner on the left. McNamara punched it away.
The side equalised on 83 via Brown's header on the right which squeezed into the far left side of the goal after Breeden had saved a left sixed low shot from York and the cross into the box from the same side found the striker in enough space and time to pick his spot. (1-1, 83 mins)
In the 87th minute a handball was awarded against Marcus Kelly when the linesman flagged for the James Armson's cross striking the Lambs player and the same home player sent Breeden the wrong way from the spot. (1-2, 87 mins)
Tamworth made a couple of changes as the minutes ticked down and deep into injury time Hendrie missed a glorious chance to roll the ball past McNamara and give The Lambs a point but his shot from around the penalty spot area was weak and failed to hit the target.
Tony BREEDEN (GK), Richard TAIT (c), Marcus KELLY (Peter TILL 90), George BALDOCK, Matthew REGAN, Adam CUNNINGTON (Adriano MOKE 86), Lee HENDRIE, Tommy WRIGHT, Lloyd KERRY, Duane COURTNEY, Scott BARROW (Jake HEALY 90)
Subs: Tom MARSHALL, Sam OJI
Nuneaton Town Team:
Ben McNAMARA, Neil CARTWRIGHT, Steve O'HALLORAN, Gavin COWAN, Delroy GORDON, Jon ADAMS, Simon FORSDICK (c), Adam WALKER, Andrew BROWN (James ARMSON 81), Daniel NEWTON (Wesley YORK 58), Connor TAYLOR (Tom JAMES 81)
Subs: (4 only) Daniel SLEATH
Referee: Michael Bull