TAMWORTH boss Marcus Law has challenged his side to push for Football League status after watching them once again punch above their weight in the FA Cup.
The Lambs have become regulars in the third round since reaching it for the first time in 2006, when they took Stoke to a replay before eventually losing on penalties.
The following year they went out to Norwich and on Saturday, Tamworth got their first crack at a Premier League side when they and 6,000 fans headed to Goodison Park to face Everton.
Johnny Heitinga gave the hosts the lead inside five minutes, but Tamworth made life difficult for David Moyes’ side for long spells before Leighton Baines sealed a 2-0 win from the penalty spot. Law, whose side are currently 14th in the Blue Square Premier, opted to play Joe Collister in between the sticks over Rotherham-born goalkeeper Jonathon Hedge
“What a fantastic experience for all those boys,” he said. “I’m not only proud of the players, I’m proud of the club, how we’ve dealt with this situation, from the exposure to bringing 6,000 supporters here, and it’s got to be a foundation now to move on and progress up the league.
“We want to be as near to the Football League as we can, if not in it.”
Tamworth made their presence felt on and off the pitch with their noisy fans offering tremendous backing, and Law is hoping the experience will encourage them to come and support the team in the league.
“I think the fans were singing when they got here at 10am,” he said. “The town can be very proud. What I’ve got to do now is try to get as many of those 6,000 people in at The Lamb.
“I don’t know if we can contain 6,000 but the league is a good product.
“There are some excellent coaches and managers and some excellent players at this level.”