After Tuesday night’s victory away at Gainsborough, The Lambs returned home to take on struggling Bradford Park Avenue looking to extend their unbeaten start to eleven games. Andy Morrell made no changes to the starting eleven from the midweek win, but with Lee Smith’s injury ruling him out, birthday boy Sean Wilkins took the spot on the bench. Bradford got the game underway with The Lambs attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half. Despite a quick and strong from The Lambs, Bradford slowly found their feet and kept The Lambs penned back in their own half. The first real shot of the game came on 10 when Durrell’s shot was deflected back into the arms of Stewart in the Avenue goal. On 15, Clarke clipped the top of the bar with a left footed volley from Dyer’s flick on and Belshaw was forced to save with his feet to prevent Aigne from netting a powerful downward header at the near post on 17. The visitors went even close on 19 when Chilaka headed King’s right wing cross against the far post. Play had to be stopped while Clarke received some treatment on 20 and when play resumed the visitors forced a corner which found its way to King and needed concerted effort from The Lambs defence to clear their lines, but a foul by Clarke handed Avenue a freekick 35 yards out on 25 which Marshall struck hard straight at Belshaw. Clarke picked up a yellow card following a Burns challenge on Dean on the half way line on 27. Newton’s ball into the box on 31 was almost met by the boot of Dyer, but it skipped through and out past the far post. And then Davies’ ball from the opposite, left, side was glanced on by Dyer, but that too went past the post just on the other side of Stewart’s goal and on 37, a Dyer header went wide again this time from Tomassen’s left sided ball in. On 43 Tomassen was adjudged to have pulled Chilaka back as he advanced towards the box and was booked for his efforts. The freekick struck the wall and was cleared by Durrell and after an undefined period of added time the half time whistle blew.
HT: Tamworth 00 Bradford Park Avenue
Tamworth restarted the match attacking the Castle End and went on the offensive immediately, with Clarke forcing a 47th minute corner. Durrell put the ball on the back post and Tomassen met it with a powerful strike but Burgin cleared it off the line. Warlow was struggling in the left back position and needed a visit from the physio before being substituted on 51 in a straight swap with Strong. Davies was replaced by Wilkins on 55 and on 62 St. Juste sprinted through one on one against Belshaw but the keeper made himself big and denied him with a telling stop to keep the game goalless. Strong made a tricky run down the left on 64 and caused the visiting defence some problems, and then on 66 St. Juste did a similar job down his left wing against The Lambs back line. Durrell forced a left sided corner on 67 and Tomassen’s header back across goal went out past the far post. After a minutes applause across all four sides of the ground for Lee Smith, there were loud shouts from the home faithful when the ball appeared to strike the arm of Burgin on 73. Mettam replaced Newton on 75 and nearly got onto a threaded ball into the box on 76 but Stewart was able to protect the ball out of play. Durrell cushioned the ball towards the far corner on 82 but it dropped over the bar, and from then on it became a frustrating affair as Bradford looked for an opening and The Lambs failed to create one. That was, until the 89th minute when a Durrell freekick skipped into the box and out past the far post. Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and a freak rebound smacked Durrell in the face and forced the keeper to make a smart save for a corner which Tomassen headed against a defender for a corner on the right. After Stewart had spilled a shot another Durrell effort brought a corner in a last ditch attempt to get all three points but it wasn’t to be.