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Tom Baillie speaks ahead of the game at Rushden

Friday Feb 14, 2020

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 Tom Baillie is looking forward to the game especially with a number of players coming back from injury. “It has been a difficult period for us with a number of players carrying injuries and at times we have had to hold them together with bluetack! We may not have publicised it, but some players have been playing through the pain barrier, however we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and we are not far away from a clean bill of health. A couple may need a check before the game tomorrow, but it looks like we have steadied the ship and we are hoping to have a strong squad available.
 On the signing of Ben Hart Tom said; ‘It is important that we can bring a player of Ben’s quality in. He can play at full back and centre back as well being comfortable on the ball in midfield. His parent club speak highly of him and it will be good to see him in action. It is important that we build strong relationships with the league clubs around us - Aston Villa, Walsall and Burton Albion, and we have already arranged a pre-season friendly with Walsall. It is great to see how Tamworth can be part of the journey in the development of these young players.”
 Tom said that the management team are very happy with the squad as they head into the final 14 games of the season, but it is important to manage the players so that they get the best out of them in the final run in. He was gushing with praise for the young players who played in the Staffs Senior Cup on Tuesday evening. “The players were an absolute credit to the club and to Mike Fowler. I was very proud of the way they handled themselves on the pitch, especially the way the Kidsgrove players tried to intimidate them. They were very calm on the ball and unfortunate to go out on penalties.”

 He wants the game to be on at Rushden as it is an opportunity to get more points on the board and potentially increase the gap between the Lambs and the chasing pack.
 The Diamonds have steadily put themselves into a strong position to be contenders for a play of place, currently sitting in 6th place, level on points with Rushall Olympic. They have won 4 of their last 6 games with the most recent game finishing in a 3 - 0 home win over Redditch Utd. Their home game with Peterborough Sports was called off on Tuesday evening due to a waterlogged pitch. Manager Andy Peakes has brought in 3 players on loan this week from Oxford United - Fabio Lopes, Fabio Sole and Leon Chambers-Parillon, while Ben Acquaye misses out due to suspension.   In the home fixture this season Tamworth won 3 - 0 in October with goals from Jordan Gough, Tyrelle Waite and a Ryan Beswick penalty. You can catch up with the highlights of the game here

 Information for Travelling Fans
 Address: Hayden Road, Rushden NN10 0HX
 Distance and Travel Time: 63 miles. Approx 1hr 30 mins
 Car Parking: There are no public parking spaces for supporters at the ground other than 2 disabled spaces. Parking in the immediate area of the ground is confined to on street parking within residential areas. Consequently the club ask visitors to the ground to park considerately and ensure residents are not adversely affected, road ways are kept clear and not to park on grass verges. Ideally, make use of the free parking in the town centre and then walk the short distance to the ground (10 mins).
 Travel by Rail: The closest railway stations are Wellingborough and Bedford.
 Comprehensive travel directions to the ground can be found here
 Supporters Coach: There is a coach running to the game which leaves the Lamb at 12.00 Noon. Please contact 07971 001078 to book - Adults £12 U18s £6
 Admission: Adults £11, Concessions £8 (over 60s, 16 - 21 yr olds plus Students over 21 with ID, 8 - 15 year olds) £8, Under 8s Free.
 Important note to Tamworth Supporters - AFC Rushden & Diamonds will open and operate both Ground Entry Turnstiles for this game. This will reduce ground entry congestion for both sets of supporters and help stewards to complete random security searches and checks more easily. The match will not be segregated. Tamworth FC supporters should use the designated Away Turnstiles at the Birch Road end of the ground via the main car park. Stewards will be available to direct supporters to the correct turnstile”

 Can't get to the game? then Lambs Media will keep fans fully updated via our Mixlr channel which has live commentary and there will be the usual updates on Twitter. Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat will feature photographs and other news. .


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