Danylyszyn: Tamworth fans will be the oxygen to any success this season

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Tamworth are set for a bumper pre-season after the club announced eight eye-catching friendlies are to be played over the coming months.

The Lambs are preparing for their biggest league campaign for a number of years as they look to finally regain their National League status.

A carefully selected programme of EFL and Non-League teams have been picked, with things getting underway on July 6 against Chasetown.

Bedworth United will then visit The Lamb on July 10 with West Bromwich Albion sending their Under-23 team three days later.

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League One Shrewsbury Town provide a sterner test on July 17 before Halesowen Town and Worcester City head to Staffordshire on July 27 and July 31 respectively.

Following that, the Lambs look to step things up with Birmingham City travelling to Tamworth on August 3.

National League side Chesterfield are currently the last side booked on August 7 – joint boss Andrew Danylyszyn says Tamworth can used the games as a barometer of where they are at.

“Tom Baillie to be fair to him has organised a lot of the friendlies with the contacts he’s got,” Danylyszyn said.

“All of them are at home at the moment and the reason being is that this year is unique, and we need to play bigger teams to generate revenue.

“If can get those big teams to come here and get big crowds through the gates, it generates money for the club that we’ve missed out on over the past year or so.

“Games like these also get the ball rolling for a big season. Some of these games, like Chesterfield are almost an audition for us because that’s where we want to be. We played Gloucester and Brackley last season and we held our own.

“I’m really happy to play against these teams because it’s more competitive and it will stretch us. Any weaknesses we have got will be exposed and it helps us improve ahead of the league games. You either win or you learn so it’s a good exercise either way.

“Hopefully the fans come to the games because we’re going to need them. That influx of finances from the fans backing us is going to be the oxygen of the club this year and it’ll determine where we go.”

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