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NEXT UP: TAMWORTH PREVIEW

22 March 2013

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game (fingers crossed)

Who? Tamworth FC, nicknamed the Lambs, fittingly they play their games at The Lamb Ground. Formed back in 1933 when local side Tamworth Castle FC folded, paving the way for a new breed of football club.

Travel Lambs There's just a short 160-mile round trip for the Tamworth fans who will flock to Kenilworth Road to see the final Saturday game of the season in Bedfordshire.

Tamworth Tales This will be the fourth visit to Kenilworth Road for the Lambs and they will be hoping that the record books don't repeat their previous Bedfordshire chapter. Last season saw the Hatters run out comfortable 3-0 winners with Stuart Fleetwood and Janos Kovacs netting for the hosts.

Feisty fixture The seven meetings between the two have always produced exciting fixtures. Last time out, the Hatters triumphed 2-1 at the Lamb back in September, and there has been 21 goals scored between the two sides with the Hatters netting two thirds of those. In addition to goals, the clash has proved to be a well-contested match up with 20 yellow cards and two dismissals, ensuring the game is ferociously contested.

Local lad Leighton Buzzard-born Adam Cunnington leads the goalscoring charts with 17 strikes to his name already this campaign. Formerly of Barton Rovers, Leighton Town, Hitchin Town and Aylesbury United, Cunnington also spent time under manager John Still at Dagenham and Redbridge last season.

Sheepish defence The Lambs have conceded more than 50 times already this campaign with nearly 30 of those coming away from home.

Loanee link Hatters full-back Greg Taylor spent the tail end of last year on loan with the Lambs and made 10 appearances in the Blue Square Bet Premier. Upon his return from a successful loan spell, Taylor surged back into the first-team picture.

Mutual friend In addition to Taylor, there is another member of the Hatters' dressing room that has familiar memories of the Staffordshire side. Alan Neilson signed for the Lambs after leaving the Town's playing staff in 2005 and went on to make 20 appearances, scoring once.

Four thoughts If the Hatters come out on top it will be the fourth successive victory at Kenilworth Road against their Staffordshire counterparts. The Hatters have a 100 per cent record against the Lambs on Bedfordshire soil, scoring seven times and conceding just once.

Family affair Caretaker boss Dale Belford has his footballing family well and truly united. Whilst his sons Tyrell and Cameron are goalkeepers at Liverpool and Bury respectively, his cousin Kyle Perry is one of his trusted Lambs players. His father is also currently the club’s kitman.

Away the Lambs Tamworth's visit to Kenilworth Road will spark a travel-heavy run to the end of season for Saturday’s opponents, with five out of their remaining eight games away from The Lamb. They do, however, have the luxury of completing the season in front of home support on the April 20th against Woking.

Let’s hope it’s on With the predicted heavy snowfall in the early hours we issued this statement. Keep your eyes and ears open for updates.

Team news The Town will continue to be without Alex Lawless, Janos Kovacs, Stuart Fleetwood, Scott Neilson, Garry Richards and Danny Spiller. Arnaud Mendy serves the last match of a two-game ban. John Still has admitted he will tinker with the side once more in the wake of Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Stockport.

Still says “For us and the six games I’ve seen, I’ve been reasonably pleased. We did okay against Stockport. It wasn’t great but we won and I thought we deserved to win by more than one goal.

“We did well away to Stockport; I thought we did enough to beat Hereford when we only drew; and we were very, very poor against Hyde.

“Against Wrexham we were very, very good. It was a good, strong, solid performance. 

“I’m comfortable with what we’ve done so far but I’m looking for two more things at the moment, though: To score more goals; and to put games to bed a little bit earlier. On Tuesday we were 1-0 up and should have closed the game out. We can’t give the opposition the opportunity to score in the last five or 10 minutes.”

Wanna bet? The Town are the 4/6 favourites to beat Tamworth with league sponsors Blue Square Bet. The Lambs are 7/2 to get all three points. Another 1-0 win for the Hatters is 11/2. Fancy a home win giving the visitors a one-goal head start it's 15/8. Betting through Blue Square earns yourself and the club money. Check out www.bluesq.co.uk/fans.

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