Lincoln City 0 Tamworth 0: full-time match report
Lincoln City were held to a frustrating goalless draw against a resilient Tamworth as they missed the chance to surge back towards the summit of the Skrill Premier.
In a game of few chances, Tamworth came close to scoring in the second half when Paul Farman tipped over a Ben Richards-Everton header.
Luke Foster saw a shot cleared off the line as City pushed for a winner, but in the end had to settle for a point for the second successive game.
Imps boss Gary Simpson jad named an unchanged team from the side which were held to a 2-2 draw at Nuneaton, but watched on as they struggled against their well-drilled visitors.
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Tamworth had arrived looking nervously over their shoulder at the bottom four of the division, but any anxieties over their league position did not manifest themselves as they began with vigour and purpose.
Lloyd Kerry's wonderful right foot quickly provoked concern and when another excellent delivery ended with Andy Todd volleying at Paul Farman tension began to increase.
Gradually, though, Lincoln began to probe themselves. A wild lash over the bar from Ben Tomlinson was the foundation for a decent spell in which Jon Nolan and Tom Miller's telepathic understanding was nearly rewarded with a goal.
A terrific penetrating run by Nolan from a deep midfield position ended with him sliding an inch perfect pass to Miller whose shot was beaten away by Cameron Belford at his near post.
Any hope that it would have signalled a barrage of pressure were quickly dispelled however as Tamworth, roared on enthusiastically by Lincoln's former first-team coach Scott Lindsey, were content to stand toe to toe.
Richard Peniket felt he should have had a penalty when he was hauled to the ground in the box, but his appeals were quickly dismissed by referee Peter Bankes.
Tamworth's enterprise almost paid off with eight minutes to go to the break when the exotically named Lateef Elford-Alliyu danced through a sea of legs and opened his body up to have a strike at goal.
The finish failed to match the quality of approach though and Mark Wright launched verbal fire and brimstone at his team-mate especially as he was stood in an unmarked position as the sides went in level at the break.
Undoubtedly Lincoln boss Gary Simpson would have demanded more from his team in the final third where they were struggling to main territory and threat.
But it was Tamworth who carried on where they left off. Elford-Alliyu crashed a shot into the side netting before Paul Farman tipped Ben Richards-Everton's header onto the bar.
Simpson responded by sending on Waide Fairhurst for Nick Wright, but it was from an unlikely source that Lincoln almost scored the first goal.
When Cameron Belford flapped under pressure, Luke Foster prodded towards an empty net but Jack Evans read the danger superbly to make a last ditch clearance.
With 15 minutes to go, Lincoln began to produce their best spell of the game. A dangerous cross from Sean Newton eluded Tom Miller at the back post as Fairhurst began to provide some devilment that Lincoln were lacking.
Substitute Bohan Dixon forced Belford into save a right at the death when he tipped his close-range effort over the bar as a disappointing game finished goalless.
Lincoln: Farman, Miller, Boyce, Brown, Newton, Foster, Nolan, Jordan (Dixon 83), Power, Wright(Fairhurst 59), Tomlinson
Subs: Fofana, Sheridan, Gray
Tamworth: Belford, Evans, Richards-Everton, Courtney, Capaldi, Kerry (Harris 70), Baker, Todd, Wright, Elford-Alliyu (woolery 81), Peniket
Subs: Green, Byfield, Wren