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Tamworth FC rediscover belief ahead of AFC Telford clash

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: February 17, 2017

Andy Morrell

Andy Morrell

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TAMWORTH FC boss Andy Morrell feels the Lambs have rediscovered their belief ahead of a crucial spell in the race for the National North play-offs.

The Lambs head to relegation battlers AFC Telford on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), on the back of a 2-1 win over Brackley.

That result moved them back into the promotion hunt, just a point adrift of fifth-placed FC Halifax.

"I was really pleased with the win over Brackley and we need to kick on now," he said. "We have given ourselves a great chance this season and we just need to have the belief.

"We are desperate to make that top five this season and hopefully we can just keep on the tails of those occupying the play-off places and then overtake them.

"I see no reason why we can't because I believe in the group of lads we have here.

"I know they will graft and dig in for the run-in."

Morrell expects Telford to provide a stern test of his side this weekend and feels every game between now and the end of the season will be significant.

"We are at that stage now where, with most games, at least one team has something riding on it," he said.

"Our next three games, for example, are Telford, Fylde and Salford and we are all fighting for points for varying reasons.

"Telford will be a tough one. They are in a relegation battle but have some good players.

"They have just taken Lee Hughes and he has scored goals wherever he has been throughout his career.

"So we are going to have to be at it this weekend in order to get something out of the game."

Reece Styche misses out this weekend as he starts a three-match suspension and Morrell has not ruled out dipping into the loan market to replace him.

James Belshaw could be available after a groin injury but Morrell said: "We won't risk him if he isn't fully right.

"He did a little bit of work on Tuesday night so we will keep an eye on him. But Dan Jezeph has done himself justice in the last couple of games anyway so we will see how things go this week."

Connor Taylor is also nearing fitness and Morrell said: "We are hoping he will be able to crack on in the next four to six days so we can get him back in."

Tamworth confirmed the loan signing of winger Brandon Fox from Leicester City last week, although he is not available until the end of the month due to injury.

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