Tamworth are on the road again tonight as they head to second-from-bottom Alvechurch looking for their third straight win and clean sheet – with the small matter of going top also on offer.
The Lambs bounced back from their blip with wins over Royston Town and Hitchin Town, winning both games without conceding a goal. Tamworth boast the best defence in the division while only basement boys Redditch have scored less than Alvechurch.
Tamworth have dropped just two points this season after going in front. On the flip side, Alvechurch haven’t managed to rescue a single point when they’ve gone behind in a match.
21.37 | gooooaaallll! 2-0 tamworth!
It’s Chris Lait again! Alvechurch throw men forward looking for a leveller and a long ball over the top from Ryan Beswick finds Lait again and he races away from the defender and slots home with ease into the bottom corner.
21.31 | final change for the lambs
Cameron Howkins replaces Bilal Yafai.
21.28 | alvechurch bite back…
…but they can’t get it on target. Kevin Monteiro turns and fires one left-footed but it sails high and wide of Jas Singh’s goal.
21.24 | red card for tamworth
Aaron Forde sees red after a second yellow. A late tackle on the advancing Alvechurch player.
21.20 | gooooaaaallll! 1-0 tamworth!
Chris Lait gets it! A long ball over the top is raced onto by the returning winger who smashes home low to give the Lambs the lead!
21.12 | another change for tamworth
It’s the return of Chris Lait for Tamworth as he comes on in place of Dilano Reid.
21.03 | corner tamworth
A good passage of play allows Wilder to swing a deep cross into the head of Creaney whose header is deflected high and behind for a corner. Corner is met by the head of Rashaan Frances but he didn’t get the purchase on it and it goes behind.
20.56 | bad injury for fry
Jimmy Fry is down with a bad head injury. Bandage being applied and he’s back up on his feet but he’ll go off to be replaced by Rashaan Frances.
20.54 | Back underway
20.35 | half-time: alvechurch 0-0 tamworth
In a word. Drab.
20.26 | alvechurch still there
No action in either box really but Aaron Birch has just seen his shot sail high and wide over the perimeter fence for Alvechurch. Very flat this one.
20.14 | corner for tamworth
Reid gets down the right and cuts back to swing a cross in, Creaney wins the header but it goes behind for a corner – that corner comes to nothing.
20.12 | on the charge
Aaron Forde charges forward with the ball, gives it to Dilano Reid but the attack breaks down with a throw-in. Alvechurch’s chance to attack now. The game doing nothing to excite the crowd at the minute.
20.02 | free-kick tamworth
Hoenes draws a foul on the corner of the box, Beswick swings it in onto the head of Jordan Gough but it’s easily saved by the Sargeant in the Alvechurch goal.
19.58 | scrappy so far
Maybe it’s the pitch but neither side can get control of the game early on. Lot of balls going astray. The home side almost get in with a defence-splitting pass but Jas Singh is quick to clear.
19.50 | chance already!
Tamworth win the ball back straight away and immediately go on the attack. Creaney battles his way through the bodies and gets a shot off that stings the palms of the Church keeper.
19.48 | and we’re off!
Alvechurch get us underway.
19.44 | the teams are out
The teams emerge from the tunnel here at Lye Meadow. Tamworth wearing their luminous green away strip with the hosts in gold and black.
19.31 | team news
Two changes for Tamworth as Henri Wilder and Dilano Reid start. Chris Lait also back in contention for the Lambs, he’s on the bench.
15.33 | TONIGHT’S PROGRAMME
Sad to see programmes being moved online at some clubs. Whatever your preference, here’s tonight’s offering from hosts Alvechurch.
15.24 | joint-boss gary smith: “it’s not going to be easy but we’ll play with no fear”
“It’s a great incentive for the boys to go top of the table and put three more points on the board,” Gary Smith told Lambs Media.
“We’re looking forward to the game, it’s a chance to build more momentum. It’s not going to be easy, we’ll give Alvechurch the respect they are due but we’ll go there with confidence and play with no fear.”
15.05 | we’re off again!
Tamworth make the trip to Alvechurch tonight and you can follow all the action right here as it happens.
21.43 | full-time: alvechurch 0-2 tamworth
Two second-half goals from ten-man Tamworth sees them go back top of the pile, Chris Lait with the two goals for the Lambs.