Thomas Baillie admits Tamworth’s stuttering start to the new season hasn’t been good enough but feels it could be par for the course as Non-League clubs try to navigate post-lockdown life.
The Lambs’ have struggled to find their best form after going close to promotion last campaign.
With a raft of injuries, suspensions and illnesses to contend with, Baillie hasn’t lost much sleep over his side’s early performances.
“We’ve been skating on thin ice with some of the performances we’ve put in,” Baillie said.
“But we can’t get a settled side at the moment and it’s becoming a problem. With all the injuries, suspensions and illnesses we just can’t get a settled team. We’ve not helped ourselves with suspensions, we know that.
“We have got some fantastic players and we’ve clearly got some massive guts in the team. In the main this season, performances probably haven’t been good enough for what we expect.
“That being said, I think that’s the story of the league so far. Everyone is finding it a bit stop-start. Everyone’s worried about the league being suspended at any minute with what’s going on.
“We’ve got so much ability, but we just haven’t clicked, and we’ve been nowhere near our potential yet. We’ve got the quality, but we haven’t hit the heights yet this season, but nobody else in the league has either.
“Whoever wins the league this season can probably afford to lose nine or ten games because there’s that many teams who can take points off each other.
“I’m not, but if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on this league. We’ve just got to up our game a bit. We’re not a million miles way but we’re not near what we’d expect from the group we’ve assembled.”
Despite Baillie’s faith things will improve quickly, the Lambs have had a reshuffle of their squad during a rare midweek fixture gap.
Jaanai Gordon left for Banbury United while striker Gerry McDonagh has been told to prove his fitness, with a handful of others still being monitored.
“We’ve let Jaanai go and we’ve told a couple of players that they’re welcome to stay with us, but they’ve got to prove with us they can be in the squad,” said Baillie after Tamworth announced the signings of Jack Ryan and Aram Soleman this week.
“Those players we’ve spoken to are still training with us but at the moment, they won’t be in the squad until the time is right.
“We’ve spoke to Jaanai but it just hasn’t worked out for him for whatever reason and that’s why we’ve changed it.
“Jack Ryan is a classic, no-nonsense striker who will add something, and Aram Soleman is just another option on the wings and through the middle who will help while Tyrell Waite and Dexter Walters are out.”
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