Tamworth manager Mark Cooper and Nuneaton Borough counterpart Roger Ashby had been determined to improve their sides' goalscoring expertise in the summer shake-up but it was their defensive frailties which left them with food for thought after Saturday's friendly.

The A5 neighbours had to settle for a 3-3 draw at the Lamb after Kyle Storer grabbed the Lambs' equaliser with a late penalty.

Gez Murphy had hammered home a 35-yard lob to give Boro the lead on 26 minutes but the Lambs lwere ahead 2-1 at the interval through Jon Steven-son's break and Storer's deflected 20-yarder.

Murphy punished a poor back pass to level before slack marking allowed Duane Darby to put Nuneaton 3-2 ahead with nine minutes left. There was still time, however, for Storer to coolly dispatch a spot-kick.

Daryl Clare notched Burton Albion's equaliser as they had to scrap for a 1-1 draw at Hinckley United.

Leon Kelly gave the Knitters the lead after eight minutes but Clare replied 19 seconds into the second half.

Stafford Rangers also had to settle for a draw in their final warm-up match before their Conference return. Guy Madjo struck with just a minute left in a 1-1 home draw with Welsh Premier champions TNS at Marston Road, cancelling out Ciaran Toner's effort.

Former Solihull Borough striker Dave Pearson joined in Leamington's goal feast as they sent his old club to a 6-1 defeat on their own Damson Park pitch.

Martin Thompson headed the Brakes in front after just two minutes and an own goal doubled the lead on 17 minutes. Pearson made it 3-0 at half-time.

Though Boro cut the deficit through substitute Wayne McCarron on 52 minutes, further goals from Ben Mackey (penalty), Josh Blake and Jon Adams sealed a stylish victory for Jason Cadden's men.

Bromsgrove Rovers had Kevin Banner to thank for a late winner in a 2-1 verdict against a Bristol Rovers XI at the Victoria Ground.

Bristol had taken a 37th minute lead against the run of play but half-time substitutes Paul Lloyd and Wayne Dyer combined for the equaliser nine minutes after the break, Lloyd heading home Dyer's cross. With nine minutes left, Banner unleashed a low shot for the winner.

Summer signing Justin Marsden struck twice to continue AFC Telford United's impressive warm-up to the new season. Marsden, recruited from Solihull, fired home two sweet volleys either side of half-time to clinch a 2-1 victory at Nationwide Conference newcomers Northwich Victoria. Kevin Townson replied for the Vics.