Lambs confident of FA Cup upset
DAVID CUFFLEY They may be called the Lambs - but Tamworth defender Simon Weaver has warned Norwich City that they can expect an intimidating atmosphere in Saturday's televised FA Cup third round tie.
They may be called the Lambs - but Tamworth defender Simon Weaver has warned Norwich City that they can expect an intimidating atmosphere in Saturday's televised FA Cup third round tie.
Despite a capacity of just 4,000 at the Conference club's home ground, the former York and Scarborough player reckons the Canaries will not relish their trip to Staffordshire.
Said Weaver: “It will be a massive challenge coming up against players of that pedigree but I'm relishing the battle - these are the kind of matches you are involved in football for.
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“When you first saw the draw it was a case of 'It could have been better'.
“But then you think about it and it's like, hang on, we might have half a chance in this one.”
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The game, kicking off at 12.30pm and being screened live, has been chosen because the BBC see its giant-killing potential, and Weaver is keen not to disappoint Tamworth's own fans and a nationwide audience.
“They won't relish coming to The Lamb, that's for certain,” he said of the Canaries.
“They'll be concerned about the fact they might be the victim of a giant-killing act, so there will be negative vibes in their portakabin.
“The fans are close to the pitch as well and they won't be used to that.
“If we can create an intimidating atmosphere, they won't fancy it that much.”
Strugglers Tamworth have not recorded a Conference victory since winning 2-1 at Rushden & Diamonds in December to book their place in the third round.
But they did earn a 1-1 draw - again at Rushden - on New Year's Day to move off the bottom of the table.
Substitute Taiwo Atieno made an immediate impact, drilling home from six yards in the 73rd minute, just moments after coming off the bench.
Rushden's David Savage put them ahead two minutes before the break.
City still have tickets left for the game at Tamworth. Tickets are priced £20 for adults and £12 concessions. Coach travel is £16, with transport departing from Carrow Road at 7.30am. For more information or to book, call the ticket office on 0870 444 1902.