Smith fancies Tamworth to go ‘under the radar’ and mount challenge

Gary Smith (Credit: Paul Barber)

Gary Smith is happy for Tamworth’s promotion rivals to steal all the limelight as he reckons it will open the door for his side to spring a surprise.

Recent results for Peterborough Sports, Coalville and Banbury United have put distance between them and their Southern League counterparts.

Tamworth were fancied in pre-season but haven’t managed to hit the heights as yet. 

But with games in hand on a few of the sides above them in the league, Smith hopes the pressure will be off as his side look to mix it with the pacesetters further down the line.

He said: “I’m glad people are looking at them and thinking the title race is just between those three because it takes the pressure off a bit. 

“When you’re up there, you’re there to be shot at and everyone wants you to get beaten. I’m quite happy for them being in a so-called three-horse race because it means we can go about our business quietly and mount a challenge under the radar. 

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“I don’t want to keep referring to it, but we have had a lot of injuries which has hampered us, everyone can see that.”

With a seemingly never-ending injury saga, Smith admits performances haven’t been what the management team would usually accept.

But no matter how they come, a win is a win for the Lambs’ boss.

“Nobody has a divine right to roll teams over,” Smith said.

“We take nothing for granted and we go into each game to get a victory. It might be scrappy, it might not be brilliant, but the most important thing is winning. 

“I remember the great Arsenal sides when they had the ‘boring’ tag. But those sides went unbeaten for a whole season and won trophies – you can’t tell me you wouldn’t want that. 

“We haven’t had chance to play our free-flowing football. I don’t want to keep referring to it, but we have had a lot of injuries which has hampered us, everyone can see that.

“But if people think what we’re going through now is poor form, then I’m glad it’s happening now.”

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