Tuesday Feb 11, 2014
Tamworth head into tonight’s home clash (7.45pm) with Hyde, in 22nd place in the Skrill Premier, but with games in hand on teams around them meaning league survival is still a more than realistic aim. The match will be the Lambs’ first League game in two weeks, owing to postponements at home to Salisbury and then on Saturday, when Luton’s Kenilworth Road pitch failed to pass a morning pitch inspection.
The squad will be boosted by the youth loan signing of Nottingham Forest’s Kieran Fenton, an England Under-19 international who signed for the club on Monday. The left-sided player will go straight into the squad to face Hyde, and boss Dale Belford is clearly pleased to have got his man. “We are delighted to get Kieran here,” he said. “He’s a quality player, very versatile, quick and athletic.”
Duane Courtney and Andy Haworth will both miss out with hamstring injuries and Richard Peniket is doubtful, whilst midfielder Lloyd Kerry is suspended.
The reverse fixture, played at the end of last month, ended in a comfortable 3-0 win for the Lambs thanks to goals from Peniket, Justin Richards and Nick Chadwick. Belford will be hoping for a similar result from his men this time around, Hyde having been the league’s whipping boys this season. They have however recorded some positive results in recent weeks; a draw against Southport a month ago was followed up by their first victory of the league season, 2-0 away at Welling United. Their most recent effort, a last-gasp 4-3 home defeat to Lincoln, shows that they are still fighting despite their league position and could prove tricky opponents.
Tamworth meanwhile have won two of their last four, and are a point off Chester who sit in 20th position. Despite a 2-0 defeat to Wrexham last time out, three games in hand on the two teams directly above could prove vital in the battle to avoid relegation. The Lambs know a win tonight will see them climb out of the drop zone as Chester and Southport both wait until later in the week before their next games.
Hyde have scored more goals in the league than Tamworth this season – 28 to the Lambs’ 26 – but have conceded some 85 goals, a stat which should fill Belford’s side with confidence going into the game.
Artice written by Lewis Firth