Friday Aug 16, 2013
Let's roar at home against the mighty Dragons, says Dale
Tamworth v Wrexham
preview by Nick Hudson
UNBEATEN Tamworth - effectively lying in joint second in the Conference - are looking
forward rather than back for a positive pointer against Wales' oldest, and
arguably most famous, club.
Dale Belford's men, buoyed by their opening day Conference win in Wiltshire and
more than worthy sharers of the spoils against Edgar Davids' Barnet
thoroughbreds on Tuesday night, take on Wrexham at home tomorrow - with the weight
of history against them.
You have to go back five seasons - to Tamworth's
first encounter against the mighty Dragons on August 25, 2009 - to find the
Lambs' only victory in the previous eight attempts when goals from Chris Smith
and Jake Sheridan cancelled out a Gareth Taylor opener.
But boss Belford believes that his side's on a roll when it comes to the home
soil. "I really feel we can do something in terms of our home form this
year," he said.
"When I took over last season we lost just one of our final 10 games we
had at The Lamb. So I want our ground to be a fortress where teams come and
find it uncomfortable."
The Lambs' coach added: "If you get your home form right, it send out the
right signals for the supporters."
Our fans certainly created a great atmosphere on Tuesday night - with 1,300
supporters cheering the lads on against Barnet. "They were
magnificent," said Bedford.
Centre-backs Jordan Rose and Marry Regan are still out injured for this
weekend's game but the Tamworth boss is
confident that his side can turn round a competitive record against Wrexham
which reads P8 W1 D3 L4.
Wrexham, the third oldest professional football team in the world,
are not enjoying life in the fifth tier of English football - the lowest level
of competition that they have played in, since they were first elected to the Football
League in 1921, following their relegation from Football League Two at the end of the 2007-08 season after
87 years of consecutive membership of The Football League.
Some 23 Welsh Cup wins, famous FA Cup wins and action in European competition
at their Racecourse ground is now just a distant memory.
Despite a FA Trophy Wembley win on penalties last season against Grimsby Town,
they have been thwarted on returning to the Football League ranks after two
consecutive heartbreaking play-off final defeats to Luton and Newport
Wrexham, with 38-year-old player manager Andy Morrell - the Football League's
top marksmen in 2003 - in charge, began the 2013-14 campaign with a 2-1 opening
day win over Welling United but slipped to a 3-2 midweek reversal against
Halifax at the Shay stadium, after a disastrous 12 minute spell just
before the interval.
But they are strong in defence - with former Liverpool, Sunderland and Coventry
Stephen Wright the pick of their back four and Cameroon international keeper Joslain Mayebi covering their back line.