Monday Aug 26, 2013
It's all for one and one for all in Team Belford
A HAPPY team is a winning one and a recipe for a successful season, maintains Lambs
boss Dale Bedford ahead of Tamworth's Bank
Holiday match against Dartford
It's not quite a barrel of laughs all the time but Belford is instilling a watch,
listen and stick-to-the-game plan regime for 2013-14 - with the added caveat of
"enjoy your football".
He said: The team ethos we are building is one of team ethic and togetherness so
we will not be putting pressure on any of the lads. We are all in it
Belford's team who lost their first game of the season at Hereford United on Saturday - will
be hoping for a carnival atmosphere from the fans as Tamworth welcome Dartford
to Fortress Lamb on August Bank Holiday Monday (kick off 3pm).
Bright sunshine and warm temperatures are forecast, so it's an ideal setting
for that family afternoon out - much more fun than sitting in a coastal queue
of stationary vehicles.
Belford will be hoping his players can maintain their fine early form as the
Lambs take on a team with an "upside down" record from last season's
Last term Dartford surprised many of the top full-time clubs, with wins
against champions-to-be Mansfield Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Wrexham, Newport County,
Grimsby Town, Hereford United, and a memorable double over Luton Town.
Despite this, the Darts failed to maintain that form against the bottom-half
sides, losing to 10 of the 16 teams that finished below them - but still ended
eighth on their return to the Conference Premier.
The Tamworth team approach is personified in former Fulham striker
Richard Peniket who Belford believes is destined to do really well at The Lamb
- and has what it takes to battle his way back to the Football League one day.
Belford said: "I'm delighted with Richard. His work rate is fantastic. To be
honest, I have never seen a forward work as hard as he has done."
And then the Tamworth boss went on to explain
the "one-for-all" philosophy behind some of this season's strategic
He accepted that the fans were disappointed to see last season's top scorer Adam Cunnington leave.
"But the fact is we simply couldn't afford to keep him at the club,"
said Belford. "We have managed to bring in three players for the money that Adam was on.
Richard is one of those players and, for me, three players represents terrific
value for money.
"He's come from the under-21s at Fulham - his quality is not in doubt and
he will score goals too, as he has already shown in pre-season.
"But there's no pressure on him to do so. Scoring goals is a collective
effort and I want all the lads to chip in."