Gary Smith: Tamworth will keep fighting for promotion despite Stratford Town loss

(Credit: Richard Bowcott/Lambs Media)

Gary Smith reckons Tamworth have given themselves ‘a mountain to climb’ in their bid for promotion but insists they will keep working hard to end their bad run of form.

Defeat to Stratford Town on Tuesday was their third on the bounce, from a run that has seen Tamworth win just once in seven league games.

Smith tipped his side for a title battle before the start of the season, something that hasn’t materialised as yet.

And although he knows they will need to realign their ambitions, he feels promotion is more than still on the cards.

“Confidence is a bit low, but we’ll keep on fighting right until the end,” Smith said.

“The main target for us is still promotion but we’ve given ourselves more than a mountain to climb in terms of getting that done. 

“We’ve got to put this bad run of form behind us and start picking up results and hope some of the other teams drop some points.

“If we start picking points up and get that momentum back, I’m sure we can end up in that top five or six teams where we want to be.

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“It’s a tough situation to be in, one that I’ve not experienced before. We’ve lost games before but it’s the manner in which we’re losing at the minute that’s troubling me more than anything at the moment.

“The goals were conceding are criminal. We’ve got to defend better, and we’ve got to be ruthless at the other end. 

“We have to have a look and see if it’s anything we’re doing wrong and look at the players and see if they’re doing enough.”

With Dan Creaney still side-lined through injury, the Lambs have scored two goals in their last five league outings.

While their lack of goals is concerning, Smith says he still can’t fault the effort of his players.

“We can’t seem to even score at the minute never mind get a win,” he said.

“I think that’s evident for everyone. It’s frustrating for all of us and if I could put my finger on what is going wrong I would. I can’t even say they’re not trying because the players are. 

Shaquille McDonald (Credit: Richard Bowcott/Lambs Media)

“But it’s just not happening for us. We’re working hard to try and make sure things don’t get any worse because football is a results-driven business and we’re working hard to rectify things. 

“We’ve not really changed too much of what we do in terms of our preparation and that will remain. It’s good preparation that’s worked in the past and I’m sure will work again. 

“I wish it would start straight away but until then we’ll keep working hard to turn these results around.”

There are some positives to take. Jordaan Brown eased the defensive injury crisis in his return on Tuesday night.

“It’s great to see Jordaan back because you know what he gives you,” Smith said. 

“He’s a good, experienced defender and he’s good on the ball as well. It’s good to have him back and we have got some more bodies on the way back as well and hopefully that will help us get some results on the board and giving ourselves a fighting chance.”

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