REPORT: Tamworth 1-1 Halesowen Town

(Credit: Luke Davies)

Tamworth were held by a stubborn Halesowen Town team that featured a few familiar faces on Tuesday evening.

The Yeltz’ side featured Chris Lait, Kyle Finn and Lewis Wright – all three making the home side work for their draw.

Tamworth themselves were back to something resembling their strongest squad – the only notable absentees being Mikey Taylor and Shaquille McDonald.

Henri Wilder restored parity for the Lambs after the interval after the visitors had led through Harry White.

Halesowen were quick out of the traps with a number of surges forward – but Tyrell Waite would have felt aggrieved not to have opened the scoring – he scooped an effort over the bar being slipped through by Aaron Forde.

Waite had another good chance after 18 minutes, latching onto Ryan Beswick’s lofted ball to sting the palms of Halesowen keeper Daniel Platt.

Despite Tamworth’s bright spell, it was the Yeltz who took the lead through White in the 19th minute. A ball across the face of goal from Jack Holmes needed the slightest of touches from White to give the visitors the lead.

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Wilder brought a clearance down on his chest and lashed a right-footed shot just over the bar.

Moments later, Finn then had a clear-cut chance to double the visitors’ lead, but Jas Singh got down well to deny him.

Five minutes before the break, Dan Creaney was just an inch too short from converting Waite’s whipped cross.

Tamworth started the brightest after the break and looked to press home their dominance.

The leveller came not long after the hour mark for Tamworth. A slick move involving Aram Soleman and Creaney gave Henri Wilder space to charge down the left side and fire beyond Platt.

The goal was the only really notable chance of the second half, with Creaney going closest to adding a second from Cox’s whipped ball, but the game ended a goal apiece.

Tamworth are back at home on Saturday afternoon when National League title hopefuls Wrexham visit The Lamb.

Tamworth Singh (Trialist 76’), Cox, Wilder, Brown (Howkins 84’), Pendley, Ward, Beswick (Mancinelli 84’), Forde (Brogan 46’), Walters (Soleman 36’), Waite (Parker 84’ (Yeomans 90’)), Creaney (Bastos 84’) Subs not used McDonald

Halesowen Town Platt, Wright (Ashmore 58’), Lloyd, Hawker (Scott 57’), McCone, Flanagan, Holmes, Sammons, White, Finn, Lait (Bunn 57’) Subs not used Evans

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