With Tamworth FC on the cusp of an undefeated season one would assume there’s some pressure to go with it.
But Tamworth FC coach Greg Bartlett is adamant he isn’t feeling it.
In fact, he says there’s no more pressure on his team than fellow grand finalists Demon Knights.
“I don’t think so. There’s no pressure on us. We’ve treated each week the same. We don’t worry who we are playing. We worry about ourselves,” Bartlett said.
“But don’t get me wrong, Demon Knights are a good team. They’ve had two good wins in the finals series now and they’re not going to be a pushover.
“We’ve had a couple close ones and a blowout against them but we’re not taking them lightly.”
Bartlett said they’ve only spoken about going through undefeated once and “then it was never spoken about again”.
He side’s the focus has always been in the game in front of them and this weekend it just happens to be the biggest one of the year.
“Obviously, we’d be disappointed if we weren’t to win tomorrow and if we play the way we’ve been playing there’s no reason we won’t do that,” Bartlett said.
“That would be very special for the club. It’s not about me, it’s about the players. They’ve been training since the middle of January and it’ll be a credit to them if they are able to.”
Throughout the season, Tamworth FC have won all their matches bar one – a 1-all draw with North Companions in round 19.
Bartlett said a major factor in his side’s unbeaten season was their ability to share the workload around.
“We don’t rely on any one player,” he said.
“In the major semi, five different guys scored. It’s not like we rely on one guy to score.
“But we’re not going into it thinking we’re going to just turn up and win. We’ve gotta play for 90-plus minutes.”
In the major semi, five different guys scored. It’s not like we rely on one guy to score.- Greg Bartlett
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