‘Total frustration’ – Smith reacts as Tamworth are held by Hitchin Town

(Credit: Paul Barber)

Gary Smith admitted the Tamworth management team have been given some food for thought after a frustrating goalless draw with bottom side Hitchin Town.

The Lambs pushed on in the second period after a slow start but lacked a ruthless streak in the final third, failing to score for only the third time all season in the league.

Mikey Taylor’s introduction added more of a threat, but Hitchin keeper Charles Horlock was good value for his clean sheet in the end.

Smith said: “They came and set their stall out and I thought they contained us very well without us threatening or causing them any problems.

“I’ve got to say, today is probably the most frustrated I’ve been since I’ve been the joint manager at Tamworth. 

“We haven’t lost the game, but it feels like a defeat. We can play a hundred times better than that so it’s total frustration.

“We did everything possible to try and score but it just wouldn’t go in for us today – it’s hard to explain and we need to do some thinking about what we need to change.”

Chances were at a premium in the first half. In fact, it was visitors Hitchin Town who almost edged ahead, but Rio Da Silva could only fizz his shot wide.

Tamworth responded when Aaron Forde drilled a ball into the box that was sliced goalward by a defender, forcing Horlock into a smart save.

Shaquille McDonald glanced a header wide from a corner before Dexter Walters lost out in a race to the ball with Horlock on the half hour mark.

On the stroke of half time Tamworth pieced together their best move of the match when Forde laid off Walters who smashed his shot into the side-netting.

Tamworth were in complete control after the break but couldn’t muster a goal for all their dominance. McDonald saw his half-volley fly over not long after the restart.

Hitchin had to hang on for most of the second half and goalkeeper Horlock was kept busy. 

Concannon was first to test him, wrapping his foot around the ball to draw a flying save before Horlock somehow kept out Waite’s point-blank header from a corner.

Tamworth continued to surge forward, and substitute Mikey Taylor was causing problems. But Horlock was again resolute to deny Taylor’s strong header.

Concannon jinked past a defender before his defence-splitting pass set Beswick one-one-one with Horlock who got down well to deny the Tamworth captain.

Hitchin offered next to nothing going forward but Alex Brown fired a warning shot, whipping one wide from the edge of the box and they hung on to frustrate the Lambs.

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