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Macclesfield Town preview by Nick Hudson

Saturday Oct 5, 2013

Lambs out to show they've entered marathon not a sprint 



GAME 13 and it's lucky omen time for Dave Belford's men.


It's been hard graft for the boys in red with a fixture list that, according to
Lambs assistant manager Scott Lindsey, has "not exactly been easy on us.

"We've had Barnet, Wrexham, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Grimsby, Forest
Green and Hereford in our first games, not many teams will have played so many
tough games to start with."

"A lot of those teams were predicted to
go up at the start of the season and we had them in our first 12 games and it
does not get any easier."

This afternoon it's Macclesfield at the Lamb (kick off 3pm)
and then Lincoln next up - both former league clubs.
But Lindsey, along with boss Belford, believes that once the
fixtures have evened themselves out - then a truer picture of the team's
fortunes will emerge.

It's not a sprint but a marathon and Lindsey is certain that
some of the Skrill Premier sides are in false positions at the moment - and a
winning run can catapult any team right up the league.

Belford sees Tamworth improving every week and today he tells the fans: Our recent
performances at Forest Green and even in defeat at Grimsby shows progress is being made.

"The dressing room is a good place to be right now. We are improving week
on week. Now it's up to us to show the fans what we are about more
consistently," he said.

"Everyone is positive around the place and we are looking forward to the Macclesfield
game.Macclesfield arrive at the Lamb on the back of three straight wins after a very poor start
to the season. Conversely Tamworth began the
2013-14 term undefeated in the opening three fixtures.

News from the treatment room sees ex-Stoke City defender Wayne Thomas facing up
to an eight week lay-off with a calf injury sustained in Tamworth's
terrific 2-1 victory at Forest Green 11 days ago.

But there's much better feedback from the Lambs' lucky talisman Justin
Richards. The striker is pencilled in for a return by Tamworth's home match
against Luton in a fortnight.

Richards left the Lambs unbeaten in his first three matches before hobbling off
with a back injury against Wrexham 200 minutes into his Tamworth

He's desperate to get back into action.
"It has been frustrating as you can imagine, I just want to get back out
there now," he said.

"I had this injury and it came at
such a bad time. I had done all the pre-season stuff and was just getting into
the season when the awkward injury happened.

"That is football so I cannot
complain, I just hope it will be sooner rather than later that I am back
playing," he added.Meanwhile Lambs winger Jake Jones, who's joined King's Lynn
on a loan spell, is determined to get his place back in the Tamworth
team. "I just need to go out and get some games under my belt now,"
he said.

"There's no point me sitting in the stands
watching," added the former Walsall and Lincoln player who found he'd slipped down
the pecking order following the arrival of Mark Wright and on-loan Port Vale
attacker Ryan Lloyd.

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