Alfreton Town suffered their seventh away Skrill Premier defeat from nine outings when Tamworth were victorious by a solitary 23rd minute Nick Chadwick goal on Tuesday night.
Unchanged for the fourth successive game, the Reds tried hard without success, although they did not start competing until they had gone behind after a scrappy opening quarter that had seen neither side produce a chance.
On the plus side there was the opportunity for Paul Clayton to play the final 20 minutes after a lengthy spell off through injury, while there was also a cameo appearance by Alastair Taylor, after a loan spell at Gainsborough Trinity.
The goal stemmed from a Tony Capaldi free-kick that Reds’ keeper Ross Atkins could not hold, leaving Chadwick with a simple tap-in, but immediately after the restart Alfreton launched their first attack of note with Job Ayo Akinde’s shot looping up off Capaldi to be gathered comfortably by home keeper Cameron Belford.
A deep cross from sub Daniel Meadows was palmed on to the angle of crossbar and upright with 20 minutes remaining.
Then, following a goalmouth scramble at the other end it was Ben Richards-Everton’s turn to be denied by the foot of the post.
Wood then saw a header cleared off the line from Law’s 77th minute corner, before a sloppy pass from Lathaniel Rowe-Turner let Lloyd Kerry in with Atkins parrying the shot.
Shaw was off target again from a Speight lay-off, Richards could only find the side-netting after a central run for Tamworth, then at the conclusion of added time Meadows was inches over the bar with a volley from Wood’s long throw.