Dale Belford: Tamworth 'back on the map' after FA Cup display

Tamworth manager Dale Belford says his side are "back on the map" after their narrow defeat to League One Bristol City in their FA Cup second-round tie.

The Lambs, 20th in the Conference Premier, lost 2-1 to a side 46 places above them in the football pyramid.

"Everyone has seen us put Tamworth back on the map as a footballing force," Belford told BBC WM.

"We're not that far from being a decent side. Hopefully this will improve our league form."

Lambs' recent form

  • 8 Oct: Lincoln City (a) D 0-0
  • 12 Oct: Welling Utd (a) L 0-2
  • 19 Oct: Luton Town (h) L 3-4
  • 2 Nov: Braintree Town (h) D 0-0
  • 12 Nov: Alfreton Town (h) W 1-0
  • 16 Nov: Grimsby Town (h) L 0-2
  • 23 Nov: Kidderminster Harriers (a) L 3-5

Belford, who took over at The Lamb from Marcus Law in January 2013, says as proud as he was of his side at the weekend, he does not want to dwell too much on the game.

"Everyone loves an underdog and loves a shock in the FA Cup and we went head-to-head with a massive club," he said.

"I think we've done ourselves a big favour but it's gone now. It's been fantastic but now we focus on Boston [in the FA Trophy] on Saturday."

Victory in the Boston match would take Tamworth into the third round of the competition for the second successive season and a step closer to emulating their run to the final in 2003.

"It's a competition we want to do well in and want to win," Belford said, who is also mindful of pulling the Lambs clear of the relegation zone in the Conference Premier.

After a run of only one win in their last seven games, Tamworth sit a point clear of the bottom four.

"We need to turn our attention to the league, where we need to improve our form and I'm convinced we will."