The victory over Chorley rejuvenated hopes that The Lambs, boasting the meanest defence in the league, could reach the play offs, and Andy Morrell chose an unchanged starting eleven for the trip to a chilly and drizzly Keys Park. The Pitmen however would be no easy pickings on their own turf as they struggled to get points on the board to bridge the eight point gap at the bottom of the league, with no win in the last 12 outings.
The Pitmen got the game underway, attacking the away end and a cross from Fitzwater was nearly met by Thomas inside the second minute, but was blocked by the Lambs defence. Newton was unlucky not to open the scoring on 5 with a curling shot past the left hand upright from the right of the box that had Crane beaten. After a good period of possession in the Hednesford area, Durrell floated a shot to Crane as he looked to net against a former club. Ennis took advantage of a loose ball on the edge of the area on 10 but shot over the target and a minute later Newton found himself in a good position at the left Crane’s box but shot past the near post. Play switched quickly to Belshaw’s area and when Preston lost the ball at his feet on 13 Glover was unable to shoot at the target when well placed, putting his effort wide of the mark by some distance. On 17 the ball nearly rattled its way inside the near post, but it went the wrong side of the woodwork. Thomas sent a shot towards the top right corner of bar and post but Belshaw was happy to watch it go over the target on 20. Newton went close again from Durrell’s flick on inside the area on 32 but Crane denied his looping effort with a fairly easy save to his left. Durrell’s right footed effort from 25 yards out on 40 summed up the half so far, powering over the goalmouth by some distance. Burns was then booked for a challenge on Thomas on 42, and the freekick forced Belshaw to punch the ball clear amid a crowded box. Preston was called over to calm the Lambs defender down and Tamworth went on the attack but were unable to get a decent enough shot away to trouble the scoreline as one minute added time ended the first half goalless.
HT: Hednesford Town 00 Tamworth
Tamworth restarted the match, facing the travelling faithful behind Crane’s goal in the second half but it was the home side that went on the attack first as a couple of high balls forced the Tamworth defence to head the danger away. It took until the 58th minute for there to be a decent chance on goal and it came when Newton made headway down the left, cut into the box and set up Durrell to strike from 25 yards out but his straight as a dye shot went a few feet wide of the left hand post. From the ensuing play The Lambs took the lead as the ball fell kindly for Mohamed to strike on the half volley from the edge of the box inside the left hand post. (1-0, 60 mins) The Pitmen pulled themselves level on 71 with a close range finish from Peers on 71 at Belshaw’s right hand post after good work from Payne down the left. And then on 76 Peers netted his second in 14 minutes on the pitch making light work of The Lambs defence before firing a low shot from 12 yards through Belshaw’s grasp to make it 1-2. The home side, with a new wind under their wings, kept Tamworth pegged back for a few minutes. Taylor replaced Mohamed and Morrell replaced Smith as the minutes ticked on and Hednesford did all they could to keep the ball in the corners, as five minutes added time was shown at the end of the game. In added time Belshaw saved a penalty from Peers after Burns had brought him down and nearly forced a point with a last minute header from a corner but its 1-2 to HT at FT