Friday Apr 15, 2016
James caught up with the Tamworth Herald this week.
JAMES Belshaw has no doubt the Lambs will produce the goods at home to Fylde this weekend – despite their play-off chase hanging by a thread.
A 2-1 defeat away at Hednesford last weekend weakened Tamworth's hopes of making the top five of the Vanarama National League North this year. But Belshaw says that, with contracts still to play for and still a slim chance of the play-offs, the Lambs will not coast against Fylde.
The Tamworth stopper said: "People may look at it as if we have no chance of making that top five now – and to be honest it does look that way. But there is still a chance, however small, and that alone will be motivation enough for us come Saturday. We do not want to miss out should Boston or Nuneaton slip-up. This is football, it could happen and we need to make sure we are there if it does."
"There are contracts to play for next season as well. A lot of the boys will be either trying to impress the gaffer here (Andy Morrell) or someone else. April is not the kind of time where you want to be just playing it out. There is too much to play for for that to happen."
Fylde are currently in the play-off places which is just the type of opponent Tamworth thrive against.
"It is the kind of game we like here," he said. "We play well against those big teams and when the chips seem to be down we seem produce. We did it a few weeks ago with wins over Solihull and Harrogate. It looked impossible for us to make the play-offs back then. The points gap was big, we had tough teams to play, but we still got the wins."
Should Tamworth miss out on the top five this season, Belshaw is in no doubt as to the reason.
"It is a consistency issue for me," he said. "Some of the games that we should have won we haven't. That is just down to us not being consistent enough out there. We haven't played well enough at times and that is what is frustrating. That is why we are all down at the moment, but I think when we look back at it, whatever happens in these last few weeks, we will see it has been a good season. Big strides have been taken and we are looking good for the future now."