Tuesday Apr 1, 2014
In the first of three post Lincoln match articles penned by Colin Stoner, Lambs boss Belford says he could not be more proud of his young Tamworth players, despite an increasingly difficult fight to remain in the Skrill Premier.
A point against Lincoln City on Saturday was scant reward for a thoroughly positive display but the Lambs lie further from safety with six games to play.
The harsh reality is that Tamworth have won only one of their last 14 matches but Belford says the last few performances have proved they have no intention of surrendering their status.
"We've got to be realistic. It's going to be difficult but if you see the attitude of the players in the changing room it gives me a feeling that it is still believable we can stay up," said Belford. "Let's achieve the unachievable. It's going to be hard but we're not giving up. We will keep fighting. The players have given me everything - they can't give me any more than what they are giving at the moment. I'm proud of the lads.
"Certainly in the last four or five games, we have done well, creating chances, working hard for each other. The effort and commitment the boys are putting in is a credit to themselves."
Tamworth certainly showed little resemblance to a side deep in relegation danger against the Imps. They had the better of the possession but, typical of their season, they lacked the finishing touch. The Lambs were furious a penalty claim for a pull on Richard Peniket by Luke Foster inside the area was waved away by referee Paul Rees. Belford admits they need a lucky break.
"You won't see a more blatant penalty," said Belford. "From the replays we've seen, it looked a definite penalty but sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't. It's frustrating when they don't but they are the small margins you work on."
The Tamworth manager added: "We are playing some decent football, and you could see that against Lincoln. Would you sacrifice that to win ugly? Yes, you possibly would at this stage of the season. We will take anything."
Part 2 will appear tomorrow (Wednesday)