Tamworth 1 Nuneaton Town 1
Saturday 29th August, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Honours were even at the Lamb as Tamworth rescued a point in the last minute against the Boro.
In a derby day clash that lived up to its billing in terms of passion and desire, neither team was able to take home the bragging rights and both stay unbeaten as a result.
Nuneaton had the best of the early chances – if not the possession – with Aaron Williams once again the man going close.
The summer signing from Rushall found himself on the end of a lot of the good work Boro produced.
Williams went close in the opening ten minutes, but his shot from the angle was well parried by former Nuneaton keeper James Belshaw in the home goal.
Just minutes later Belshaw was left helpless, though, as a delicate chip from Williams sailed over his head, but also over the bar.
The best chance the Nuneaton number 11 had, came on the half hour mark, but his curled effort from just inside the box was somehow kept out by Tamworth full-back Andy Burns, who got his head to the ball on the line and ensured parity was saved.
Nuneaton had the best of the chances in the first half but overall Tamworth slightly edged it.
Boro came out much the better side in the second half and were just starting to turn the screw when they were indebted to keeper Jordan Smith for keeping the scores level.
The on-loan Nottingham Forest man made a fantastic double save to deny Danny Newton.
Shortly afterwards, the games opening goal came from the head of Williams as he did what he could not do in the first half and beat Belshaw from close range.
The goal was well set-up by Cieron Keane on the left-hand side, with Williams doing the rest with the header.
Tamworth seemed stunned by the double blow of failing to score and then conceding in quick succession, and in their daze they nearly allowed things to get worse, the woodwork coming to their rescue as David Morgan smashed the ball against the bar from just inside the box.
Boro spurned two more glorious chances with Byrne blazing over from close range and then Williams was just inches away from a Harewood ball across the six yard box.
After that the game descended into a traditional derby day encounter with passions running high and tempers flaring from every mis-timed tackle.
The match was in the 90th minute when Tamworth player-manager Andy Morrell rose highest in the box and headed home the equalising goal to rescue a point for the home side.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, J.Keane, Maguire, Lane, C.Keane (Lawton 67), Morgan, Chettle, Byrne, Harewood, Williams.
Subs not used: Duffy, Dyer, R.Smith, Canavan.
TAMWORTH: Belshaw, Burns, Warlow (Morrell 79), Taylor, Tomassen, Preston, Durrell, Clarke, Dyer (Hubbins 60) Green, Newton.
Subs not used: Wilkins, Ezewele, Davies.