Tamworth 1 Nuneaton Town 1
Thursday 26th December 2013 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
A game of two goalkeeping errors could have gone either away as Nuneaton Town and Tamworth played out a spirited derby.
Boro keeper Kelle Roos fumbled a cross to gift Nick Chadwick the opener after 10 minutes before Cameron Belford’s howler let Theo Streete level after 69 minutes.
Tamworth’s style was brutal in every sense but they made plenty of chances to win it - including Andy Howarth hitting the bar.
Boro too could have won it but Wes York and Dave Hibbert could not finish great openings.
Manager Kevin Wilkin said: “I’m not exactly pleased with the result but I was pleased with the second half performance after a poor first half.
“Both goals were goalkeeping errors but both made good saves".
“It was a blood and thunder derby and a draw was probably fair.”
There was one change to the team which lost 2-0 to Woking.
As expected Streete returned at right back for Chimdi Akubuine.
There were positional changes in midfield with Wes York starting on the left, James Armson on the right and Adam Walker in the middle.
The first half was a scrappy affair as Tamworth made their intentions clear by bypassing midfield from the start.
It was they who took the lead in the 10th minute when former Nuneaton Griff midfielder Lee Hildreth whipped a good ball in.
It was an awkward one for Roos, who fumbled the ball through his legs and saw it drop for Chadwick, who was left with a tap in.
It could have been two a couple of minutes later when Chadwick fired over after Justin Richards had knocked down.
From there Boro came in to the game and occasionally looked dangerous.
Their best chance fell for Phil Trainer, but he could only nod Delroy Gordon’s header across goal straight at Belford.
Richard Peniket headed another chance over before Tony Capaldi drilled a shot a yard wide from 20 yards.
Tamworth had a glorious chance at the end of the half when Gaz Dean could only clear to Chadwick, who fired straight at Roos.
The Lambs were quick out of the blocks as Roos was forced into excellent saves from Peniket and Chadwick.
The game was really hotting up with Tamworth putting in some cynical tackles.
Capaldi was cautioned for a foul on Streete before Kerry saw yellow for a shocking tackle on Jon Adams.
Boro levelled after 69 minutes when James Armson clipped the ball down the line.
It was Belford’s, but he dropped it as he slid out and Streete was there to run it into the empty goal.
It looked to be Boro’s to win, but Tamworth almost went in front when Andy Howarth broke and was desperately unlucky to see a brilliant chip over Roos come back off the bar.
Boro’s best chance to win it came with seven minutes to go when Sleath fired in a low cross and York somehow failed to turn it in.
They could still have won it when Belford saved from Freddie Ladapo and then sprung up to save the rebound expertly from Dave Hibbert.