Smith: Lye Town win can boost confidence ahead of Barwell test

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Gary Smith says Tamworth’s comfortable win over Lye Town in the Birmingham Senior Cup will boost confidence as they look to get back on track in the league.

The Lambs put in an efficient performance on Tuesday night, Charlie Shaw, on his return from a two-year in injury lay-off, got the winner in the first half.

Aaron Forde and Tyrell Waite also chipped in as the Lambs booked their place in the quarter final.

Smith said: “Today was about trying to build some confidence up. I reminded the boys before the game of how good of a squad they are.

“There’s a lot of positives, we’ve managed to get plenty of minutes under some players’ belts and it does give us a headache for Barwell on Saturday.

“Winning football matches breeds confidence so we want to keep going. The players can take a lot of credit from today’s game, and we’ll continue to build.”

Tamworth showed intent from the first minute when a good move between Brad Birch and Mikey Taylor had them in. But the shot landed on the roof of the net.

Shaw got Tamworth off the mark on 23 minutes when he converted a low ball across the face of goal from Taylor to give the visitors the lead.

Ten minutes later, Lye thought they were level. But the referee saw a foul on goalkeeper Keelan Fallows and chalked their goal off.

The Lambs took full advantage and doubled their lead not long after. Another ball across from Taylor was stabbed home by Forde.

After the break, Tamworth came under the cosh a bit more but did enough to see the game out, substitute Waite wrapping things up nicely, latching on to Michael Tait’s pass and rolling home to cap a decent display.

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