Break is just what Tamworth need after a busy start to the new Southern League season

(Credit: Lambs Media)

Gary Smith feels Tamworth’s ten day break from action couldn’t have come at a better time for his depleted squad.

The start to the new season has been busy – the Lambs’ FA Cup win over Belper Town last weekend was their tenth game in 40 days.

Despite striker Mikey Taylor making a long-awaited comeback from injury during that game Tamworth have a seemingly never-ending list of injuries.

Mercifully, Tamworth now have a block clear in the diary ahead of Tuesday’s home game with Hitchin Town.

Smith is hoping to make the most of it.

“The break couldn’t have come at a better time to be honest,” Smith said.

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“It will give us time to regroup and will give some of the players time to work on their fitness and get back. They’ve had to go non-stop since the start of pre-season so it will give them a chance to just rest.

“I feel sorry for Manzu [Cain] because he’s had his work cut out for him so far this season but he does a fantastic job with the players to make sure they’re fit and ready to go as soon as possible.”

Tamworth have looked good despite their injury woes.

Only five who travelled to Peterborough Sports were in the squad that headed to Belper Town.

Smith admits it was always in the plan to have a squad capable of stepping up when needed – and he feels the club are reaping the rewards of that planning now.

Smith is glad to have striker Mikey Taylor back (Credit: Lambs Media)

“It’s something we looked at during pre-season,” Smith said.

“We wanted to build not only a decent starting line-up but a decent squad so when we have issues like we’ve had then we know we’ve got players who can come in and perform.

“I’m pleased for Mikey Taylor – he scored two fantastic goals and it was typical of the kind of player he is.

“Same with Dexter [Walters]. He’s had to be patient and wait for his chance.

“We all know what he brings to the table but he’s had to do most of it from the bench this season so for him to get two goals on Saturday it’s brilliant.

“He makes an impact whenever he plays which means us as a management team are in a good place.”

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