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Hot Festive period can catapult Lambs to playoff Contention

Friday Dec 14, 2018

 Dennis Greene has been in charge of Tamworth since late September and under the former Boston, St Neots, and Histon manager, the Lambs have chugged along in the Southern League Premier Division Central.

 Lambs fans can follow their team all year long with Bet365 and as Tamworth aims for promotion. It hasn’t been glamorous since the Lambs tasted relegation at the end of last season, but Greene has them on the verge of the league’s top five. Tamworth are just five points back of fifth place Stratford Town. As lower league football fans know, a hot streak can do wonders for a team’s promotion hopes.

 Tamworth went undefeated in the league during the month of November. December hasn’t been quite as good as the Lambs have lost twice and won once. Still, there are three matches between now and the end of the year, and nine points could do wonders for Tamworth’s top five ambitions. 

 Six-Point Clashes

 Tamworth face off with two team’s below them in the table in their next two fixtures. St. Ives Town are 15th, one point back of the Lambs. Rushall Olympic, who are also on 23 points but sit one place lower due to goal difference, will host Tamworth on Boxing Day. The two matches are six-point clashes and Tamworth must obtain maximum points to climb the table.
 Tamworth lost to St. Ives Town 1-0 away in early August before taking all three points from Rushall Olympic, 2-0, weeks later.
 The Lambs will battle sixth place Alvechurch on the 29th of December. It will be a difficult fixture, but Tamworth managed a 1-1 home draw back in August against Alvechurch. Those August fixtures seem like an eternity ago as the year comes to an end in a matter of days.

 Consistency Needed This Time of Year

 Tamworth lost 2-1 to Stratford Town in midweek with Greene stating it was a “match of two halves”. Stratford were able to score against the run of play but Tamworth did recover to level the game. Yet, the Lambs allowed a late goal to 10-man Stratford meaning they travelled back up the M42 empty handed.
 Greene knows his team is better than it showed against Stratford in the second half, but the side is lacking consistency right now. Over the busy holiday period, Tamworth must find that elusive consistency to improve their chances of reaching the top five. If the Lambs can eliminate defensive mistakes, they can propel themselves onto a solid second half. 

 Parkhouse and Potts Making Strides

 In late November, it was officially announced Tamworth had signed Sheffield United players David Parkhouse and Reon Potts from SkyBet Championship high-flyers Sheffield United. Greene’s capture of the duo was significant as both had greatly impressed at Bramall Lane.
 Since arriving, Parkhouse, who is on-loan for three months, has played in all three matches he has been available for. Potts, who is only on-loan until January, has played twice. The youngsters are getting a valuable learning experience and helping the Lambs in the process.

 There are still a lot of points to play for this term. By the end of December, Tamworth could be nine points better off and closer to their target of the top five.

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