Match Of The Week: Tamworth 0-1 AFC Telford United

The weather hasn’t been as cruel as it might have been to the football schedules this weekend. Considering that the newspaper headlines have been all about the worst winter weather for twenty years, with offices and schools closed and public transport running much as it would in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. Across the south of England, a swathe of matches have been called off, but this is a good thing. Permission has been obtained to bring pitch inspections forward by twenty-four hours, which means that thousands of miles worth of wasted journies have been avoided. At The Lamb Ground, the pitch is inspected again at 12.30 on the Saturday lunchtime, and the game is on. The travelling support from Telford doesn’t have that far to travel anyway – it’s only thirty-five miles from the new town to the north-west of Birmingham to the small market town just to the north-east of the city. The snow has been shovelled from the pitch and sits against the advertisement hoardings of how lucky everyone is that the game is actually on. It’s no understatement to say that this is a real six pointer. Tamworth are six points ahead of Telford, who are in fourth place in the table, with Gateshead and Southport between them. A little chink of daylight has opened up between them, and Telford need a win...

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