If ever you needed a game to show you just how difficult it is to pick a winner in the BetVictor Southern League Premier Central this season, this is it.
Languishing down in 17th place, you could be forgiven for writing off Hitchin Town’s chances of taking anything from the Lamb on Saturday afternoon.
But their recent form suggests Tamworth could be in for a bit of a dogfight. The Canaries have lost just once in their last six games – a run that has seen them beat Stourbridge and comfortably see off Peterborough Sports just over a week ago.
After Tuesday night’s huge win over Royston Town, ending a three-game barren spell, Tamworth look to have their mojo back.
A win could see the Lambs return to the top of the table with at least one game in hand over all but one of their promotion rivals.
31 Aug 19 | Hitchin Town 0-3 Tamworth | Tamworth won the last meeting of the two earlier in the season, bouncing back from a home defeat to rivals Hednesford. A first half Greg Kaziboni brace was added to by a Henri Wilder strike after the interval. The win started a seven-game win streak for the Lambs.
6 Mar 19 | Hitchin Town 1-0 Tamworth | A resurgent Tamworth fell to defeat against the Canaries at the back end of last season, a single goal from Alfie Cue enough for the home side that day.
3 Nov 2018 | Tamworth 2-0 Hitchin Town | The last meeting between the sides at the Lamb saw Chris Lait and Tristan Dunkley score either side of the break as Tamworth moved to five games unbeaten under Dennis Greene.
Tamworth are still without Chris Lait (heel), the winger is expected to be missing for up to another week.
The Lambs will also be missing Tyrell Waite who picked up an ankle injury in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Royston Town.
Right-back Ben Hart has signed on loan from Burton Albion and could go straight into the squad.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
“It’s another tough game, it’s going to be another battle,” Gary Smith told Lambs Media.
“The game carries a lot of incentive for us because we’ve put ourselves right back up to where we want to be and if we pick up another three points, that will give the other teams around us a bit of a headache as well.
“It’s another important game for us where we want to be picking up points and we want to keep everybody smiling and keep everybody happy.”