Daniels need to tighten defence on the road

Stamford AFC v Grantham, August 26'Photo: Geoff Atton
Stamford AFC v Grantham, August 26'Photo: Geoff Atton

The Daniels are on the road again this weekend with a mission set by manager David Staff to tighten up in defence.

Stamford were hammered 6-0 by FC United of Manchester on Saturday and it followed a 3-0 away loss to Ilkestone.

They did fare better on Bank Holiday Monday against Grantham at home, losing 2-1 after having a penalty saved and hitting the woodwork several times.

But the Daniels are away again tomorrow against fellow Evo-Stik Premier Division new-boys Trafford and Staff says lessons need to have been learned in defence.

He said: “We need to be tighter defensively and that’s what I’ve been trying to educate the players in when we’re playing away.

“When you’re playing at home, you’re on your own territory and always looking to mount pressure and be on the ascendency, but away from home you’ve got to expect to be under significant pressure.”

He said it was important to be able to absorb pressure early on and look to attack more in the second half.

On Saturday, Stamford were outclassed from the start and Trafford were 3-0 up within half an hour. They followed that up with three more goals in the second half.

However Monday’s effort was a much more even affair.

The Daniels started brightly thanks to captain Richard Jones who headed in a corner on six minutes. Grantham equalised in the 36th minute through Adie Hawes who also scored from a corner.

Soon after the break Grantham won a free-kick. The ball was floated in and Paolo Piliero found the net.

Stamford won a penalty after Ryan Robbins was brought down but Jordan Smith’s effort was saved.

Staff said: “FC United are a good team and you really need to go there and not concede an early goal which we did and it made life difficult for us. We generally weren’t defending tight enough and giving them opportunities from set pieces. It wasn’t a great day for us.

“Monday was a different story and we hit the bar three times, missed a penalty and weren’t a million miles away.”

Daniels’ Jones and Ryan Walker will face late injury tests before tomorrow’s clash but are expected to be okay.

The Daniels also play Rushall Olympic at home on Tuesday.

Staff said: “They were strong last year and play a similar game to Grantham, they’re physically and tough and a useful side.”

Tomorrow’s kick-off is at 3pm and Tuesday’s game at Kettering Road starts at 7.45pm.