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21's Held At Allexton

Wednesday Sep 26, 2018


 3-3 draw for young Lambs!


 A Ramzi Shaheen brace was the standout moment in an otherwise forgetful morning for Tamworth under-21s.
 They travelled to Allexton and New Parks looking to continue their magnificent start to the season but dropped points for the first time – drawing 3-3 having led twice.An action packed first-half saw the hosts take the lead before Tamworth turned the game on its head. However, the Lambs let their opponents back in to leave the game level at the interval before sharing a goal each in the second period.

 Despite some good early pressure and a string of corners, Tamworth fell behind in the 20th minute when Alex Smith – who had an effort cleared of the line moments before – committed a foul in the box that Allexton duly converted. Smith made amends almost immediately – heading home James Medford’s corner – pulling the Lambs level. Callum Devlin and Ramzi Shaheen have been in good form in front of goal but both squandered brilliant chances for Tamworth as they pushed for the lead.

 Tamworth’s hard work paid dividends seven minutes before the break when Shaheen broke free of the Allexton back line, comfortably slotting home to give the visitors a deserved lead. But just two minutes later, Allexton responded and levelled the game from a corner to send the teams in level at half-time.

 The hosts continued to frustrate Tamworth in the second-half but a rare lapse in their defensive shape allowed Shaheen to grab his second in the 55th minute – firing home after some brilliant work from Medford on the left-wing. Declan Somel blazed agonizingly over with a half-volley and substitute Kyle Hayden could’ve extended the Lambs lead but for a last-ditch block.

 In the 74th minute, Tamworth surrendered their lead for second time in the game as Allexton levelled again – prompting managers Gareth Zimmerman and Gary Smith to switch to a more offensive style as they looked for a winner. The home side dug in looking to catch Tamworth on the break. As the game turned scrappy, Hayden and Devlin missed chances before Shaheen angled the ball wide from close-range.

 Despite Tamworth throwing everything at the hosts, they simply couldn’t find a way through and had to make do with a point.
 The result leaves the Lambs sitting third in the league and joint-manager Gareth Zimmerman said although he wanted the game to be a lesson, his side had to move on and switch their focus to the next game against Highgate United this Saturday.
  

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