On the road again – Smith reacts to another lengthy trip in the cup

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As they prepare for a 260-mile round trip to Colne in a fortnight, Tamworth’s bad luck with cup draws has had joint manager Gary Smith scratching his head.

With lengthy trips to Spalding and Leiston already in the tank this season, the Lambs are set for another mammoth journey in the FA Trophy first round.

Their most recent home cup tie with Notts County drew a bumper crowd of over 1,800 – something Smith hopes he could see more of in future.

“We’re having some bad luck with the draws in the cup competitions,” he said.

“We’re getting so many long journeys. I would have really preferred a home tie for a change but there’s nothing we can do about it and there’s no reason why we can’t go to Colne and get a victory. 

“It’ll be the same as the Spalding game, it’ll be tough because they will be up for it.”

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Whatever frustration Smith is feeling from spending so much time on the road is being taken away by Tamworth’s performances.

The Lambs have lost only three of their eight away games this season, including their incredible turnaround win at Rushall Olympic.

“We’re not doing bad on the road,” Smith said.

“We weren’t at our best at Rushall, but we managed to find a way to win. We had a good second half against Belper in the FA Cup, we’ve beaten Redditch and St Ives as well. 

“I think the players feel a little bit more pressure at home, especially when they’re not at their best. 

“Our fans are very vocal and that can have an effect, but we have to be professional and block that out and play your football.”

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