FA Cup hat-trick hero Ryan Robbins will be missing for Stamford AFC’s third qualifying round clash against Ashton United.
He scored three in Saturday’s victory over AFC Wulfrinians but after picking up a fifth yellow card is suspended for the Ashton game.
Daniels boss David Staff was philosophical about the loss. He said: “Ryan’s in good form and it’s unfortunate but you are going to get games where players are suspended and you just have to get on with it.”
On Saturday, Robbins opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Wulfrinians equalised.
The Daniels regained the lead after winning a penalty for handball which Robbins put away.
With the score 2-1 at half-time, it took another penalty in the 78th minute for the Daniels to put a bit of a cushion between them and their lower-league rivals.
Robbins was fouled and stepped up to make it 3-1 and complete his hat-trick.
Shawn Richard finished the game off with a goal in the 86th minute.
Staff said: “The lads’ attitude was good, they had worked hard and deserved the win.
“We passed the ball well and Andrew Burgess in midfield probably deserves singling out for with the way he kept the ball and played tremendously well.
The Daniels will play Ashton on Saturday next week at home. They lost 2-1 at Ashton in a recent league fixture, but Staff was happy with the draw and said his first reaction was “that is winnable”.
He said: “You’re not going to progress through the rounds of the FA Cup without meeting some good sides, but at least the draw is at home and against a team in our division.
Daniels skipper Richard Jones said: “Every non-league player dreams about playing in the first round proper and we are potentially two games away from making it.”
Victory against Ashton would see the Daniels double the £7,500 they have already pocketed in FA Cup prize money this season.