Tamworth Round Off Season In Fine Style
Away win at Leek
Tamworth travelled to Leek for their final game of the season with a mix of youth and experience knowing their fifth place was safe but for the home side only a bonus point win would keep their promotion hopes alive.
And as early as the 1st minute it looked as if they may have their way as they scored a push over try which was converted to give them an early 7-0 lead.
Tamworth however recovered from their slow start and some robust tackling from the forwards and some slick work from the backs made it clear that they were not there to just make the numbers up.
There was to be no further scoring in a none the less extremely entertaining half and the hosts went into the break with a less than comfortable 7-0 lead.
With some rallying half time words from the coaches still ringing in their ears Tamworth started the second period well and levelled the scores on 44 minutes when Jon Arnold
’s pace was too hot for Leek to handle and he flew over to score Kieren Jackson converted and Tamworth were right back in this fixture.
Just a minute later Jackson scored an excellent try weaving his way in through the home defence to put them into a deserved 7-12 Lead.
Then Tamworth came under pressure as Rob Hough
was very harshly red carded for a high tackle.
As hard as Leek tried they could not convert numbers or pressure into points as Tamworth put on a gutsy defensive display to keep them out.
The pressure was eased on Tamworth when the Leek winger was just as harshly red carded for a similar tackle to Hough’s.
Tamworth kept the scoreboard ticking over with a couple of Callum Render
penalty’s to move into 7-18 lead.
The visitors rounded off a heroic display with another fine try John Borthwick
threaded a perfectly weighted kick through the Leek back line and it was Rob Gemmell
showing his pace to win the foot race and dive onto the ball.