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Weekend Review - Fortunes Turn

Friday Nov 17, 2017

 Lambs secure away win!


 Before Saturday, with five straight losses in a row, the pressure was on Andy Morrell to help Tamworth counter their recent loss of form.

 The team’s manager has understandably shown his disappointment in recent poor results, despite some good attacking football, that was capped off by their late 2-3 defeat by Alfreton Town on 21 October.

 Saturday’s win has propelled Tamworth into the play-off spots of the National League North, showing it’s not too late to make a run for promotion in what has been a frustrating season so far.

 Despite some impressive performances that included great results against Curzon Ashton, Kidderminster and Spennymoor Town earlier this season, the side have suffered from an inconsistency in their defence.

 Tamworth have certainly had less trouble finding the back of the net with strikers like Darryl Knights and Reece Styche managing to clock up an impressive amount of goals.

 And there is further hope in promising youngsters like Jordan Potter who could eventually get the call up to the main squad, with fellow Under 21 player Charlie Shaw already getting a chance in midfield.


 The club are currently facing a run of league matches against highly placed teams like Salford City and Chorley. And whilst these might not be quite as fearsome as some of the Premier League matches, it’s clear that the odds of Tamworth getting a winning result will be high, but The Lambs did defeat York at the weekend at odds of 4/1!

 So what can the Lambs do to continue the form and resolute display shown on Saturday? There is some hope in the fact that key players like Sam Coulson and Brandon Fox have managed to make successful returns to the game after experiencing some troubling injuries and that Ben Fox has rejoined from Burton to strengthen the squad.

 And it’s hoped that Curtis Strong could play a big role in Tamworth’s future as he has shown a determination to reintegrate himself in the team after spending a troubled time at AFC Telford.

 Whilst there is no denying the fact that there is plenty of enthusiasm within the team, it seems that the Lambs have plenty to do if they want to catch up with high-flyers like Harrogate Town at the top of the table but a play-Off spot looks well within reach.

 Tamworth have shown that they have coped well with losing the goalscoring presence of Danny Newton. Ever since the forward left the Lambs to join Stevenage, both Styche and Knights have stepped up to take up the slack to convert the team’s efforts into goals.

 But as long as the Lambs are still riding high above their rivals, Nuneaton, in the league table, there is still plenty of motivation to keep them going. Nuneaton will come to the Lamb Ground on New Year’s Day for what’s expected to be a passionate match, and it’s hoped that Tamworth will have overcome their inconsistent form by then.

 And with Andy Morrell keen to show that the Lambs have what it takes to change their fortunes, it’s hoped that the recent losses will have been just a passing phase.

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