Tamworth Held In Fiesty Curtain Raiser With Peterborough Sports

After a 196-day wait for the new Southern League season to get underway, this pairing of last season’s top two was certainly worth it.

Tamworth led through Jordan Cullinane-Liburd’s first half header before it was cancelled out almost instantly by Dion Sembie-Ferris at the other end.

The two sides traded blows in the first period, Ryan Beswick producing a fine flying save from Sports keeper Lewis Moat from a 25-yard free kick.

Bilal Yafai was hacked down by Dan Lawlor with five minutes left of the first half. The defender was booked for his troubles.

When Ryan Beswick stands over a dead ball, there’s always an air of optimism for the Lambs.

That feeling was justified when Beswick arrowed a deep free-kick into the box for Jordan Cullinane-Liburd to nod home.

But no sooner had Tamworth took the lead, they were kicking off again as Peterborough Sports squared things up.

A Turbines corner didn’t look to be causing issues before Richard Jones teed up Dion Sembie-Ferris 25-yards out whose low driven shot squeezed in at Jas Singh’s post.

After the break, a feisty encounter produced everything but a third goal.

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Shaq McDonald was inches away but whistled his shot over the bar, Mark Jones’ improvised shot over his shoulder almost caught Jas Singh out at the other end.

The home side thought they should have had a penalty on 84 minutes when Sembie-Ferris was felled, what the Turbines players thought was inside the box. Referee Reubyn Ricado thought otherwise and gave a free kick.

There was still just enough time for Aaron Forde to see red for Tamworth but the game ended level.

Tamworth Singh, Stabana, Wilder, Beswick, Cullinane-Liburd, Rowe-Turner, Meikle (McDonagh 82′), Forde, Gordon, Yafai, McDonald (Tonks 89′) Subs not used Walters, O’Connor, Gough

Peterborough Sports Moat, Jarvis, Miles, McGowan (Malone 90+3′), Jones, Lawlor, Sembie-Ferris, McCammon, Jones, Sano Sani, Moreman (Nicholson 63′) Subs not used Johnson, Hilliard, Bucciero

(Images: James Richardson – @PhotoJamesR)

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