Smith Says Everyone Can Play Their Part As Tamworth Target League And Cup Runs

(Credit: Kieran Riley)

Tamworth joint-boss Gary Smith says he is going to need every player if the Lambs are to have a good season in the league and the FA Cup.

The Lambs are back at it again tonight against Stourbridge in the FA Cup, three days after their Southern League Central curtain raiser with Peterborough Sports.

With fixtures piling up after a delayed start due to the pandemic, Smith admits Tamworth will be calling on every man in their squad to help them on their way.

“It’s going to give us a headache when the players that are out are back in contention,” Smith said.

“We went to Peterborough with 17 players and we had a couple out. Everyone is fighting for a shirt and they all know they’re going to have to put a shift in and do the hard work if they want to break into the starting eleven and be involved on a matchday.

“It’s level-pegging for everybody and the opportunity is there if you show that you’re capable of being the better player.

“If you look at our fixture list, I think it’s 14 or 15 games between now and December.

“We are going to need a squad to get us through those games and everyone will get a fair crack of the whip.

“As long as they’re all singing from the same hymn sheet then I think we’ll be fine.”

The Lambs enjoyed a decent FA Cup run last season, beating rivals Nuneaton Borough and then Loughborough Dynamo before seeing off National League North side Hereford.

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Eventually, they were dumped out 3-0 by Darlington and Smith knows just how big the carrot is to go one better this season.

“Everyone knows the excitement that the FA Cup brings, especially if you get through to the First Round,” he added.

“The revenue for the club is massive and the excitement for the fans and the players is special.

“It’s that big occasion during the season as a Non-League player you want to try and get yourself into that First Round Proper when you could be playing against League One or League Two opposition.”

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