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Wednesday Aug 5, 2015

 WITH more coverage, sponsorship, and money being poured into England’s newly-named sixth tier of football, the National League North, there is plenty to look forward to as the new season grows ever closer...


 These exciting prospects also translate into profitable betting opportunities, and it is Tamworth FC who represent the best flutter with their price of 12/1 to win the league.

 In recent years Tamworth fans have been through a roller coaster ride supporting their team. Since securing promotion to the Conference Premier in 2009, the Lambs have had six different managers, two promising cup runs, and one relegation to the Conference North in the 2013/14 season.

 This downwards spiral look set to continue last year, as Tamworth hit the bottom three in September, before player/manager Andy Morrell took full charge of the sinking ship. Morrell's appointment coincided in a huge turn of events, as Tamworth managed to finish the season just one point away from the play offs.

 Now having a full pre-season to mould his team, Morrell knows that momentum is in his sides favour going into the new campaign. The Lambs have enjoyed some excellent friendly results, including 3-0 demolition defeats of Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers.

 Clearly buying into the positive vibes at The Lamb Ground, eleven players have signed contracts, including the likes of Steve Tomassen, who has Europa League experience, and former Lambs player of the year, James Belshaw.

 Despite all this potential, Andy Morrell will know that for his team to secure the title, they must improve their scoring record from last season. Their tally of 66 was lower than all the six teams who finished above them, and this looks like the only barrier preventing them from a title tear.

 The bookies favourites, AFC Flyde, and the ever dangerous Stockport County look like Tamworth’s biggest competition.

 The latest odds from include 11/2 shots Flyde, will still be bitter following last year’s play-off defeat to Guiseley, a team who they finished 15 points above in the league, whilst Stockport will look to forget a dire 2014/15 campaign in which they drastically underperformed, finishing 11th. With the likes of Chris Sharp and Scott Spencer up front, Stockport are expected to be there or thereabouts this campaign however, and at 15/2 they offer the second best National League North bet of the season.

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