26 December 2013After the thumping defeat at Aldershot before Christmas, The Lambs, in 22nd place in the table, were hopeful of some post Boxing Day cheer against local rivals Nuneaton Town, sitting in 7th, - the 94th meeting between the two sides in the club's respective histories in one of three early kick offs.
Boss Dale Belford made four changes to the side that got turned over at The Recreation Ground, with Evans, Courtney, Haworth and Chadwick replacing the suspended Thomas and injured Richards-Everton while Todd and Morgan took places on the bench.
Nuneaton got the match underway with The Lambs attacking the away end in the first half and it took until the 5th minute for either side to get a sight at goal when Kerry struck from the right channel but lifted his strike over the bar from 25 yards out.
At the other end on 8, Moult tried to loft a shot from a similar position at the Castle End but missed the target completely.
Haworth ended a purposeful Lambs move on 9 with a scuffed finish, but it was encouraging to see The intent displayed by the home side as the sun continued to drench the pitch.
And in the next move the home side took the lead when Roos was unable to smother a Hildreth ball in from the left wing and Chadwick stabbed home his sixth of the season from a yard out in front of the travelling fans. (1-0, 9 mins)
Richards flashed a shot over the bar from 18 yards on 12 while at the other end on 17 Armson chipped for goal but watched it curl harmlessly wide
Capaldi unleashed a corner on 21 but it was cleared by the visiting defence but The Lambs kept up the pressure and a freekick against Armson allowed the Evans to fire the ball into the box on 22 and after Peniket's header had been knocked through by Richards only the offside flag denied Chadwick his second.
Belford made his first real save of the afternoon on 27 when Moult struck low and forced the keeper to push it around the post. From the corner Trainer tried to head home at the near post but Belford pushed it away from danger once again.
At the other end Capaldi struck the ball sweetly with a swinging shot from distance and Roos watched it out, but it only missed the target by a few feet.
Moult beat the offside trap over the half way line on 35 but Belford was quick to nearly leave his box and clear the danger, however it fell to Armson who tried his luck but shot wide.
A right sided corner was headed back into the area by Richards on 36 and Peniket rose to try and head it home but couldn't get the ball down.
York's powerful floating shot took a slight deflection to take it out for a corner on 38 which Belford pushed away but only as far as Moult who tried a right footed drive but missed the target again.
Capaldi's left sided cross was a teasing one but taken at height by Roos on 40, with Peniket behind him at the far post.
Another Capaldi corner on the right came on 43 but from it, Town broke up field and a foul set up Moult with a freekick from a central position just outside the D which he curled into the arms of Belford.
One minute added time was shown at the end of the first half and Chadwick narly bagged his second in the final play of the half, but following Peniket's run down the right and ball into the centre, the goal scorer hit his right footed strike into the goalkeeper's chest from 18 yards and the referee blew his whistle once the ball had been cleared.
The Lambs restarted proceedings attacking the Castle End with the sun high over the clubhouse end corner and three chances in a few seconds fell to Tamworth.
First Peniket jinked his way through but was denied by the keeper and then Chadwick twice saw chances foiled at the right hand post.
Town won a corner on 49 but a bit of pushing a shoving in the area between keeper and attacker required intervention by the referee before Gordon headed it over the bar from 8 yards.
Former Lamb Trainer was replaced on 53 in the first change of the afternoon.
A challenge from Capaldi on Streete on the halfway line on 55 left the Town played on the fllor and the referee with some sorting out to do following the ensuing melee, resulting in Moult, Chadwick and Capaldi going into the book.
With Streete off the field, Howarth made a run down the left wing and from the throw, The Lambs tried to put more pressure on the temporarily depleted Nuneaton side, but Peniket's acrobatic strike was blocked and Town cleared the danger.
Kerry was next in the book for a sliding tackle on Adams on 65 which required the Town player to get some treatment on the halfway line and from the freekick Nuneaton kept the ball in the Lambs final third until a hefty boot cleared it away.
The visitors equalised on 69 through Streete but both son Cameron and father Dale Belford will be having nightmares about how the goal came about, as the keeper slid onto a harmless ball through to the box and failed to hold onto it, allowing Streete to pounce on it and stroll it home the final few yards completely unmarked and in front of the travelling fans. (1-1, 69 mins)
Haworth picked up a yellow for a tackle on the halfway line on 70 and then on 74 Belford made a fingertip save to deny a header from Armson.
Haworth was unlucky not to give The Lambs the lead back on 76 after advancing out of his own half before chipping Roos from 18 yards the ball struck the underside of bar and was cleared.
York was presented with a good chance on 84 but was unable to get any power on his shot from a low ball on the left and Belford gathered the ball easily.
Hibbert then pounced at the far post and somehow was unable to get the ball past Belford with two low shots, and four minutes added time was shown after Todd replaced Haworth.
Another freekick was awarded on the Nuneaton left wing on 90 which Armson floated into the area, but his teammates were unable to get an effective head on it.
Man of the match Courtney denied Hibbert's run from Moult's through ball deep into added time as both sides looked to grab the headlines with a last minute winner but it didn't come for either side.
Belford, Evans, Kerry, Richards, Peniket, Capaldi, Haworth (Todd 89), Chadwick (Wright 78), Hildreth, Keane
Subs: Gudger, Woolery, Morgan
Nuneaton Town Team:
Roos, Streete, Sleath, Gordon, Dean, Walker, Armson, Trainer (Adams 53), Hibbert, Moult, York (Ladapo 86)
Subs: Akubuine, Taylor, Belshaw
Man of the Match: Guinan Girls chose Duane Courtney
Referee: Mr. D. Handley