Lack Of Festive Football Is A Big Miss For Tamworth Boss

Gary Smith reckons Tamworth will more than make up for lost time as the Lambs are set for a break from football over the upcoming festive period.

The Lambs were set for a blockbuster Christmas period – with a Boxing Day clash at bitter rivals Nuneaton Borough quickly followed up with the visit of Hednesford Town a week later.

Following last week’s announcement from the Southern League, Tamworth won’t be back in competitive action until at least January 9.

After the prolonged pause the club face a fixture pile-up, with 35 league ties still be played before the season is scheduled to end on May 8.

Smith is backing his players to be hungrier than ever when things get back underway.

“It’s horrible. Frustrating. Obviously, life comes first, you’ve got to have that perspective with what’s going on,” he said.

“But we want to play football, we want to return but the powers that be aren’t allowing us to do that. The whole thing with tiers is basically another lockdown.

“We’re going to miss some big games which is going to hit us even harder. Boxing Day [against Nuneaton Borough] would have been a big one.

“What a fantastic game that would have been, we’d have probably got 2,000 people in at their place and it would have been a great way to enjoy the festive season.

“Sport has always been a huge part of the festive period for as long as I can remember. It is what it is, we just have to suck it up and deal with it the best we can.

“When we do return that we still need the fantastic support from the fans because we’ll still be fighting as hard as we can as a management team to give the fans a football club and a squad to be proud of.”

After Tamworth were denied a possible promotion last year when the season was declared null and void, Smith has also voiced concerns about the remainder of the current campaign.

“I can’t see how the season is going to be played out normally,” he added.

“I don’t know how we are going to fit all those games in. Extending the season will cause a lot of confusion for clubs with players’ contracts. I can’t predict how it’s going to end.

“It’s obviously a difficult one and, for us, it’s waiting to see which way the league goes with it.

“There’s a lot of football to be played if we are going to fit it all in which will take its toll on the players. You’re asking a lot of them, squeezing 30 games in after January is going to be tough.”

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