Pre-season results won’t be an indicator of where Tamworth are at ahead of the new season.
That’s the view of Gary Smith who reckons the Lambs’ warm-up games, starting with Bedworth United on Saturday, are more of a chance to see how the new players gel.
Tamworth face a packed pre-season schedule that will see the likes of Notts County and Chesterfield visit the Lamb.
Smith and co-boss Andrew Danylysn have been busy adding new players ahead of the new campaign.
Saturday’s pre-season opener could see five players make their debuts – with more signings set to arrive before the seasons gets underway next month.
Ben Hart, Orrin Pendley, Jordaan Brown, Mikey Taylor and Jack Thomas could all make their Tamworth bow.
But Smith won’t judge his squad purely on the score line.
“I don’t think you can always read too much into pre-season. You can look at it from different perspectives,” Smith said.
“You either want to see loads of good results which might give you a head start and a little bit of a push for when you do start. But the most important thing is the performances.
“We need to see how the team functions and how they are getting on with each other. We need to see the team are understanding each other.
“The players need to get rid of some rust too. It’s a good time to get rid of those bad habits so when the season starts, we’re ready to go at full speed.
“There are a few players that will be staking a claim for a shirt. We are in a good position so far and we’ll keep looking at the squad and we’ll make changes if we need to.”
It’s not only the players who can benefit from pre-season, Smith says.
The management team will also get a chance to see where improvements can be made.
“When you keep a core of players like we have, those players are well up to speed with our philosophy, so you don’t have to worry about them so much.
“For the new players, it’s a chance to get an understanding of that and gain some partnerships along the way on the pitch and get to know who they’re playing with.
“I’m more interested in individual performances and the team as a whole to see how we gel together.
“It gives us chance to look at the team in a game and then take back what we see to the training ground. It’s a great opportunity for the players but also for us as a management team because it gives you an idea of the tools you’ve got.”
Stay tuned for a live blog for Saturday’s game if you’re not going to be there!