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Bradley Pritchard column

By Bradley Pritchard
Tamworth midfielder

Bradley Pritchard
No-one is happier than Buster [the kit man]. Recently, he's had less kit to wash, which then gives him more time to eat, which in turn makes him a very happy man

On Tamworth's players spending more time in the gym

We're playing Eastbourne this weekend, and because of the distance, the gaffer has decided we should travel down there on the Friday.

Again we're going there in confident mood after our last two performances against Salisbury (on Saturday) and Altrincham (on Tuesday). To be honest, Tuesday was a bittersweet moment because individually there were some awesome performances, but we just weren't able to convert the chances we created.

It was clear to see the disappointment on everyone's faces when we got back into the changing room. The gaffer was really upbeat about the game and it helped because I think it's easy to get dragged down by frustration when you don't feel you're getting the rewards of good performances.

There have been a few more additions to the squad since the game at Hayes & Yeading. Scholesy (Simon Russell) has come in from York on a month's loan and has slotted in seamlessly. He played well and was unlucky not to score on Tuesday.

We've also signed two lads, Danny [Andrew] and Nathan [Koranteng], from Peterborough on loan. All three have added real quality to the squad, and this has been seen in training.

Virtually all the teams in this league are professional, so if we are ever going to compete on the same level, individually we have to be just as serious

On Tamworth's players spending more time in the gym

This week however, we've been given Wednesday and Thursday off to recover. The majority of the squad will have gone to the gym either for a bit of active recovery, or for a full work-out.

Last year, the club gave us free memberships to the gym in the Snowdome but if we're honest, we never committed ourselves to the opportunity. They did the same this year, and things have been different.

Everyone seems to have become a lot more professional in how they've lived their lives. It's become a regular sight to see the boys leaving training after lunch still in their kit because they're going off to the gym. Even Wrighty's [Nick Wright] been spotted sneaking off to pump iron.

No-one is happier than Buster [the kit man]. He washes the kit and sets it all out before we arrive. Recently, he's had less kit to wash, which then gives him more time to eat, which in turn makes him a very happy man.

This change in many of the boys can be attributed to several factors. Virtually all the teams in this league are professional, so if we are ever going to compete on the same level, individually we have to be just as serious. Also, as I've mentioned before, we're all ambitious, so this year has given us a taste of what it's like to be professional and we're relishing it. Another important contribution is the influence of the senior players.

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Players like Des Lyttle [who's just played his 100th game for Tamworth] and Neil MacKenzie are still some of the fittest in the team despite being the two oldest. Des goes for a two-mile run before every training session, and Macca's fitness levels can't be questioned after he dominated our pre-season fitness tests. Their attitudes to training have been contagious and think this extra work-ethic has been evident in our games.

Changing focus now, I thought I'd give an update on the golf day we had last week. True to my word, I was awful, and that performance has subsequently forced me to retire from all forms of the sport. It took five hours for four of us to complete 18 holes.

I lost 10 balls and the gardening glove I used (because I didn't have a proper golf glove) gave me the worst blister ever. How people call golf relaxing, I will never understand.

However, the funniest thing didn't happen to me but to Jake Sheridan. He had been playing well, but got caught in the rough somewhere on the back nine. After the third or fourth shot he completely lost his head, turned round and smashed his golf bag. The head of his five-iron flew off into the trees. With one swing he broke two clubs. So there he was holding a newly fashioned walking stick. What do you say to someone after that? So we said nothing and moved swiftly on.



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