An enthralling encounter ended all square at a fog bound Victory Park as promotion contenders Chorley and Tamworth deservedly shared the spoils in this pre-Christmas encounter.
The visitors started the brighter taking the games to their hosts from the kick-off, and had it not been for a superb display from loanee Shaun Rowley, The Lamb’s on another day might have had a perfect start.
Before the clock reach 3.15pm Tamworth had four good chances. A corner scrambled away after four minutes, a clearance off the line with shouts for handball then a deep cross-come-shot and a direct free-kick from 20 yards both being saved well by the impressive Rowley,
Eventually after weathering the early storm The Magpies woke up to earn a corner from which Adam Blakeman headed wide from an acute angle.
Dale Whitham has a drive blocked then Blakeman blaze over, but Tamworth were still a treat and Rowley pulled off a superb block save to keep out a fierce shot from close range.
Marcus Carver was unlucky on the half hour; put through on goal he nipped passed a defender but couldn’t find a finished to beat James Belford in The Lambs goal.
Jason Walker, whose link-up play had been excellent all afternoon, was unlucky when he delayed a pass to Carver that might have put his striker partner clear through on goal, but Carvers choice of run, toward Walker rather than into space, made the pass difficult.
A free-kick was tamely headed to the keeper by Walker and Carver nodded wide before the half ended.
During the break the fog stated to drift in from Pilling Lane; nothing to threaten an abandonment, but enough arriving throughout the half to continually reduced visibility to the point that it was difficult to make out details at the far end - see the later stages of this report!
After the restart, Tamworth again started quickly, but Rowley the initial effort before the follow-up was drilled over, however it didn’t take the Magpies 15 minutes to get going in this half as following a corner routine Scott Leather fired Chorley in front.
Whitham’s delivery to the late run of Adam Roscoe caught the visitor off-guard. Roscoe advanced into the box before shooting. He effort ricocheted into the air and eventually Scott leathered the ball home from 12 yards on 49 minutes.
Soon after Walker had a chance to double the lead, but he got too much on the ball when a deft header was called for.
The referee, realising it was Christmas, started to hand the cards out with Jake Cottrell and Nathan Sheron on his distribution list, the latter giving away a free-kick from which Tamworth drew level.
A good delivery from Louis Briscoe was nodded down by Danny Newton. Jed Davies was awarded too much time he drew the Lambs level at the second attempt.
Belford saved well to deny Matt Challoner then Tamworth had a good spell without testing Rowley.
With the score level and the fog starting to thicken, the games quality dipped as the end approached, with player obviously not picking passes out as easy as they did in the opening stages.
Andy Teague made a welcome return to league action following his absence since mid-October, coming on for the booked Sheron on 70 minutes.
Tamworth had a spell with the ball at the far end in the fog, but to be honest it was hard to make out what was going on, but from the reactions of the travelling supports The Lamb’s didn’t go closed to scoring, the nearest being a wayward shot the rose above the fog!
The last chance of the game fell to Carver, but his effort went wide.
Apparently in the final minutes of the game Tamworth’s Danny Newton received a second for a foul and an early bath, not that many on Victory Park (me included) knew about it!
Starting XI: Shaun Rowley, Matt Challoner, Adam Blakeman, Nathan Sheron, Scott Leather, Kieran Charnock, Adam Roscoe, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Jason Walker, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Andy Teague (Sheron, 70), Josh O’Keefe, Will Beesley, Waqas Azam, Paul Jarvis
Goals: SCOTT LEATHER (49), Jed Davies (58)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Shaun Rowley, a superb performance from the 20-year-old loanee