‘It’s a good chance to continue momentum’ – Smith looks ahead to busy Bank Holiday for Tamworth

Gary Smith (Credit: Paul Barber)

Tamworth can continue their momentum and see off August in style if they can beat Redditch and Nuneaton Borough over the Bank Holiday weekend.

That’s the view of joint boss Gary Smith who is targeting maximum points from his sides’ next two fixtures.

The Lambs go into the game on the back of last weekend’s demolition of Southern League basement boys Lowestoft Town.

Smith feels Tamworth’s luck might have changed, and that can only be good news for their expectant fans.

“A result like the Lowestoft one shows how much your fortunes can change in a week,” he said.

“On the same day we won this game like we did, Royston lost by three goals. Seven days before, they had us well beaten at their place. Before that, they’d never beaten Tamworth in the league so when you see them celebrating how they did tells you everything.”

Redditch are up first – a side who have won two and lost one of their opening three games.

“It’s a good chance to continue the momentum,” Smith said.

“Going to Redditch won’t be easy, but the lads are prepared to dig in and work hard when they need to – it’ll be an interesting game.”

Two days later, bitter rivals Nuneaton Borough make the short trip down the A5 to The Lamb on Bank Holiday Monday, a ground they haven’t won at since 2016.

But this is a derby match – one where the form book is well and truly tossed out of the window. Smith is expecting Tamworth will have a fight on their hands.

He said: “It’s a big day for everyone and the atmosphere will be electric. These are the games you look for when the fixture list comes out.

“Even as a manager I’m looking for games like this because they don’t come much bigger than Nuneaton Borough on the Bank Holiday. The rivalry has been here for years, they’ve always been bitter rivals, so they won’t want to give us anything at all.

“If we really want to win the game, we’re going to have to bring our best. But there’s two games there that could set us up quite nicely going into next month, so we’ll be looking for maximum points but it’s going to be tough.”

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