Daniels face ‘toughest test of season’

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After a sensational FA Cup victory at the weekend Stamford AFC could be brought back to earth with a massive bump on Saturday as they face league high-flyers Chorley.

The Daniels swept aside AFC Wulfrinians in the second qualifying round at the weekend to book a clash against Ashton United.

However, before that mouth-watering and potentially lucrative fixture, Chorley are coming to Kettering Road on the back of a winning streak which puts them in second on goal difference in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division, 19 places above struggling Stamford.

Daniels boss David Staff said: “This will be one of the biggest tests we face all season as Chorley are clearly a team that have the ambition to win this division.

“Their management have all played at the top level of English football, they are financially in a good position and they’ve won five of their last six league games, they are clearly in good form.

“But you are always going to get these tough tests and you have to play these top teams.

“It’s nice to play them at home and we’ve had a win so we should be playing them with a bit of confidence.”

On Tuesday night, the Daniels face Buxton who are 12th in the league.

With two teams in good form on their way to the Vic Couzens stadium, it could be expected that Stamford’s number one aim would be not to concede.

However, Staff said: “You have to play to a team’s strengths. At the moment we’ve got two strikers in good form and we will probably create chances.

“We have been a bit defensively frail but I think we’ve improved and we have to be at our best.”

The Daniels will be without Liam Richardson for two games after his sending off recently at Ashton United.

Stamford play Chorley on Saturday (3pm) and Buxton on Tuesday (7.45pm). Both are at home.