Wednesday Apr 9, 2014
Ryan Walters of Sportsbeat writes, In what has been a difficult season for Tamworth,goalkeeper Cameron Belford has certainly been kept busier than most. But despite his side being at the wrong end of the Skrill Premier table, all the practice might have benefitted Belford who is in the running for the Goalkeeper of the Year prize at the National Game Awards, non-league football’s annual end-of-season bash.
Belford will battle it out with the likes of Grimsby stopper James McKeown, Cambridge United’s Chris Maxwell, Ross Flitney of Eastleigh and Luton Town stopper Mark Tyler for the prize at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on May 13. And the 25-year-old would be a worthy winner of the title according to England C boss Paul Fairclough, an ambassador for the 11th awards nights. “Cameron Belford at Tamworth has really impressed me – he’s had a lot to do this season,” said Barnet director of football Fairclough. “He’s one of this generation of smaller goalkeepers, he’s like Adam Bartlett at Gateshead who is another goalkeeper who has done well this season. “Adam’s had a lot of clean sheets and Cameron’s done remarkably well, had a lot of practice, they are both smaller goalkeepers but they’ve got fantastic spring and fantastic agility and have had good seasons for their clubs. “The Luton goalkeeper is fantastic, his appetite is great. He comes he collects he runs and he throws all in one movement. “He’s a great person to have behind the back four who’s always talking, always communicating, demands the best from himself and from the players in front of him. “I know Ross [Flitney] well, I signed him and played him, he played at Old Trafford for me for three minutes before getting himself sent off in front of 40,000-odd thousand. “He’s another one who has had his career jolted at some stage, dropped out of the Football League, steadily got on with it but he’s one of these guys Ross who’s matured with age, he’s a mature man now and he plays like a man when he’s in goal.”
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