Tamworth Handed Injury Boost Ahead Of Royston Town Clash

Gary Smith says Tamworth can’t afford to take Royston Town’s poor form for granted ahead of their Southern League meeting on Saturday.

The Crows are yet to win the league this season, drawing four of their five games so far and crashed out of the FA Cup on Tuesday evening against Bishops Stortford.

Tamworth themselves are looking to bounce back after a heavy defeat at Oxford City followed their first league defeat of the season against Alvechurch three days earlier.

And Smith knows the Lambs will need to be on top form despite their visitors’ recent barren spell.

“You can never take anybody’s form for granted,” Smith said.

“I’m not going to even think about the fact that Royston perhaps aren’t doing as well as they want to do. What we need to concentrate more on is what we want to do.

“It’s going to be a tough game of football and they won’t make it easy for us. We’re going to have to go out and perform and we’ll make sure the lads are ready to do that.

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“Hopefully we can put the Oxford game to bed, move forward and concentrate on our league campaign to make sure we get things right in the next few games.

“If you look at where the club was when we came in to where we are now, we’ve moved forward and if you can’t see an improvement in that then I don’t know what you’re looking for.

“But that doesn’t mean we’re going to rest on our laurels because the aim is to keep improving and that’s what we constantly strive for – we’re not going to give up.”

Smith has also confirmed the Lambs are set to welcome back Henri Wilder after a spell on the sidelines but confirmed it could be too soon for Joe Magunda.

“Henri Wilder will be back.” Smith confirmed.

“Joe Magunda has a chance of being back too. We’ve signed Aran Soleman and Jack Ryan so there’s food for thought there in terms of selection and hopefully they’ll bear fruit for us.

“Joe [Magunda] is an organiser and talker, sometimes it’s evident when he isn’t there that we don’t have that same commanding leader at the back in the other players.

“That’s not taking anything away from them because they’re all fantastic defenders but there are people who go through a game and never stop talking – that’s what Joe does and we certainly miss that when he’s not there.”

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