Writer: Mad Hatter
Date:Saturday March 23 2013
Despite the hardy and very much appreciated efforts of those loyal Hatters that did their bit in ensuring the game went ahead this afternoon, the end result didn`t have a silver lining.
Luton, in conditions that could at best be described as atrocious, did everything but score, with the Tamworth keeper, Mitchell, pulling off some decent saves.
John Still made one change to his starting eleven, bringing in young Alex Wall to partner Jon Shaw up front, with Andre Gray dropping to the bench.
With the snow still falling, Luton got off to a decent start with David Martin being instrumental in trying to open Tamworth up. An early chance saw Jake Howells, in good scoring form recently, drag an effort wide, but as conditions started to deteriorate with snow starting to cover the pitch, Luton couldn`t get that breakthrough and when a wayward pass from Soloman Taiwo was picked up by Marcus Kelly, it needed a decent save from Mark Tyler to keep it level at 0-0.
Luton continued, despite that scare, to look the more likely side to score and Connor Gudger was fortunate to see his header clear the bar when it looked, for a moment, as if it was going to be a spectacular own goal. Steve McNulty had a chance from the resulting corner but his header was straight at the keeper.
Wall, bursting into the box, thought he was entitled to a penalty when he went down in the box but the referee was having none of it. Luton continued to force a plethora of corners but to no avail but almost went ahead when Wall saw Mitchell fail to collect his shot but shovel it around the post, rather ungainly.
As half time approached Tamworth threatened when Danny Lloyd skipped past Simon Ainge but Rowe-Turner was on hand to clear at the second attempt.
The interval saw the ground-staff come on to clear the snow off of the lines but the pitch didn`t look in the best of health.
Tamworth had an early second half chance when Lloyd shot just wide but it was to be Luton that were again to set the tempo of the play. Wall should have converted a decent cross from Jon Shaw but it rolled agonisingly wide before a last ditch tackle from Tom Marshall deprived Jon Shaw.
Just past the hour mark Gray was introduced and almost made an impact collecting a ball from Shaw but his shot was well saved by the keeper. Luton then had a second penalty claim turned down when Jake Howells went over in the box and again the referee simply waved play on. Mitchell continued to frustrate the Hatters, pulling of a top-notch save from Shaw which had top corner written all over it.
Tamworth, pushing on, saw Lloyd send a shot just over before Howells saw his shot deflected past the post. But as time began to run out, desperate measures were called for and when Taiwo tried his luck and saw the ball fly over, you just knew it was going to be one of those days.
Date:Saturday March 23 2013
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