Smith Has ‘Fantastic Headache’ Ahead Of Crunch Clash With Peterborough Sports

Gary Smith admits Tuesday night’s huge win over Solihull Moors has given him a ‘fantastic headache’ ahead of this weekend’s clash with Peterborough Sports.

The Lambs made five changes earlier in the week that included the return of Jordan Gough to the starting line-up.

Cameron Howkins made his debut while Jordan Clement, Luke Little and Dilano Reid also all featured, and their performances made Smith a happy man.

“What can I say about him? He’s been training with us for a few weeks now and fitting his way into the squad, I thought he was excellent,” Smith said.

“The lads were trying to give him a couple of nicknames – ‘Rio’ and ‘Van Dijk’ were a couple they came up with.

“It wasn’t just him though. There were a lot of young lads that were out there and played well against more experienced professional opposition and came out on top.

“They’ve given us a fantastic headache and we can now take that into training and build it into our consideration for Saturday’s team selection.”

Elsewhere, injuries to James Fry and Ahmed Obeng are not expected to be as serious as they may have seemed.

Both went off in the first half of Tuesday’s Birmingham Senior Cup win over Solihull Moors, Obeng needing lengthy treatment after a clash with Moors’ keeper Andy Wycherley.

But Gary Smith isn’t expecting any long layoffs for the pair.

“James Fry isn’t too bad, it was just an impact injury,” Smith said.

“He kicked the bottom of someone’s boot which is never a good thing. It’s a painful one but he should be fine. He’s walking fine now so it should just be bruising.

“Ahmed suffered a bit of concussion. He’s taken a whack on the head, but he should also be fine.”

This article also featured on Birmingham Live on 24 January 2020.

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