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Smith Pleased With Squad Building As Season Opener Gets Closer

Lambs joint-boss Gary Smith says the management team face some tough decisions on their squad ahead of next week’s opener at Peterborough Sports.

Tamworth saw off Brackley Town in their penultimate pre-season friendly on Tuesday night with summer signings Liam Bateman and Shaquille McDonald both on the scoresheet.

With just one more warm-up game remaining against Gloucester City this Saturday, Smith says some hard decisions will need to be made.

“I’m pleased we’ve been able to not only keep most of our squad from last season but also add to it,” he said.

“We’ve still got some players on trial and we’ve got some tough decisions to make about who we can keep and who we need to let go.

“We’ll make those decisions when the time comes and hopefully it’ll be the right ones for the football club.

“We’re pleased for the support we get from the powers that be. They’ve been supportive from day one so we’re grateful for that. Long may it continue.

Bob Andrews (Credit: Tamworth Herald)

“It’s nice to have the players we have at our disposal. The squad is looking very good and we’ve got strength in depth and good competition for places. We’re hoping that can be the driving force to help us get to where we want to get to.”

Elsewhere, some fans may have noticed Tom Tonks’ monstrous long throws of late.

The summer signing from Stourbridge caused problems on a few occasions for the Brackley defence on Tuesday night – could it be something we see more of?

“There’s no point in having weapons and not using them,” Smith added.

“It’s not something we’ll concentrate on and make something we have to do all the time but if the time arises where we could benefit from using it then we will.

“Tom is another fantastic player who’s come in over pre-season and has really shown his capabilities – we’re really happy for him.”

MAIN IMAGE CREDIT: Paul Barber/Tamworth Herald

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