Saturday Dec 7, 2013
Goalkeeper Cameron Belford says Tamworth's squad are ‘quietly confident' of a result when they take on Sky Bet League One side Bristol City in the FA Cup with Budweiser second round at The Lamb, on Sunday (2.00pm).
‘The Lambs' caused one of the upsets of the first round to earn their place in the hat, beating League Two side Cheltenham 1-0 at The Lamb. Nick Chadwick's 20th minute goal proved the difference between the two sides and Belford believes Tamworth can follow up that result with another shock this weekend.
"The lads are excited and really relishing this opportunity against a good Football League side in Bristol City," he said. "We're going to approach the game looking to win it, as we do every game, and we'll see how it goes. We're quietly confident we can win on Sunday and put in a good performance.
"We haven't got the sort of facilities they are used to and they're not going to like coming down to the Lamb. I've been at a league club before who have drawn non league sides and there's always a sense of ‘here's a little tricky one coming up.'"
The 25-year-old says the change in atmosphere around the club has been noticeable ahead of the big day.
"There's always a sense of a different atmosphere coming up to a cup game; it's one of the biggest competitions in the world and the lads are really looking forward to it."
When asked about what Tamworth's players - such as Belford himself - with Football League experience could bring to the side, the former Bury man said he was confident they could give the side a boost.
"There's a lot of lads in our dressing room that have played a lot of Football League games and a lot of FA Cup games. We've got Tony Capaldi who's played in an FA Cup final, and Nick Chadwick who just missed out on the final with Millwall, so the experience in there can only be good for the lads.
"We've also got a lot of hungry young lads that are relishing the opportunity to play in the FA Cup in big games like this; with the TV cameras around it's a good chance for the lads to show what they're about and put themselves in the shop window, and for the team to show that we can mix it with league sides."
Bristol City this week appointed former Burnley and Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill as their new boss, and Belford hopes it will be a difficult start for him at The Lamb.
"He's not going to want to lose his first game in charge, and they're probably going to approach the game differently now. Their lads have to prove themselves to a new manager now.
"Hopefully it will be a great atmosphere down at The Lamb, we've sold a lot of tickets, they've sold their tickets, and I think it's going to be a great day."