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Football: We're up for it! TAMWORTH: Fever pitch at The Lamb as manager gets his hands on 'the Cup'.

Byline: By Justine Halifax

TAMWORTH'S Lambs have tasted the dream of FA Cup victory - by lifting the coveted cup ahead of their make-or-break clash this weekend.

Players got to experience the excitement of holding the cup aloft as a replica did the rounds across the country in the build up to this Saturday's David v Goliath Third Round FA Cup fixture.

It's only the second time the Lambs have got through to the Third Round and the match, against Championship side Norwich, will be televised live on BBC1.

Expected to be watched by millions, there is a real buzz across the town with fans hoping the team can silence the Canaries - who are more than 70 places above Tamworth.

Last year they went out to a penalty shoot-out in a replay against Stoke City.

Tamworth Mayor Coun Maureen Gant said: "This is a very big and fantastic occasion for the town and if we could win it would be amazing for the supporters and the team.

"It has created a real buzz across the town. Everyone is excited."

Coun Danny Cook, portfolio holder for regeneration and community development, said: "This is absolutely great for the town.

"It's nice to get Tamworth back on the national map again with a match televised live on the BBC.

"It gives us something to be proud of. It's an excellent opportunity and I hope we win - I'm hoping to get there myself to watch it."

The Lambs secured their place in the fixture with a superb 2-1 victory against Conference side Rushden and Diamonds at Nene Park last month.

The match will kick off at The Lamb in Kettlebrook, Tamworth, at 12.30pm.

General manager, Russell Moore, said: "Everyone at the football club was over the moon last season to get as far as we did, but to do it for the second season is just remarkable for a club our size.

"The players are preparing as they would any other game. It's the FA Cup - anything could happen.

He added: "Like anyone else I'm excited at the thought that Tamworth Football Club is putting the name of Tamworth in the national spotlight for all the right reasons.

"I hope that the town supports the club in the future like the club has supported the town."

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DREAM TEAM... Lambs' boss Mark Cooper tries out the replica FA Cup for size. Picture: Dave Brown' STEVE HORNE.' DENNIS JAGGS.' JOHN CAUSER.' BEN CAUSER.' TYRONE SMALLMAN.
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