Football: Daniels boss not getting carried away by rip-roaring start to pre-season

Stamford have enjoyed an excellent pre-season so far clocking up three wins out of three.

And although boss Graham Drury is far from getting carried away, things are looking good as his side head into a busy week.

This week he has confirmed the signings of defensive duo Aaron Davies and Tom Batchelor.

And even though winger Tyrone Kirk has left the club by “mutual consent”, Drury has a lot to be cheery about.

His side beat Grantham on Tuesday night 2-1 which followed a 3-1 win over Conference North outfit Hinckley United on Saturday. Last week the Daniels ran out 5-3 winners against Bourne.

Drury said: “The results have been good and I’ve been pleased with the attitude of the lads who have certainly put a lot of commitment and work ethic into it and have reaped the benefits.

“I think now we need to look at keeping clean sheets and if you build from the back you’ve got some stability.

“We’ve conceded a couple of times from set pieces so we need to get a little bit more solid and that’s something we will work on.”

The club revealed Kirk had left the Daniels by mutual consent earlier this week and wished him all the best for the future.

Drury said: “I like a player who can work behind the ball and work to get possession and possibly Tyrone likes to be a bit more free spirited.

“It’s the best move for both parties and hopefully Tyrone will find a club that will allow him to do that.

“I’ve worked with Tyrone a couple of times and he is a cracking lad and we wish him all the best.”

On Tuesday Gregg Smith and Sam Mullarkey were on target for Stamford.

Mullarkey also scored on Saturday against Hinckley, who play three divisions above the Daniels. Joe Hopewell and Seth Burkett also scored for Stamford.

Drury told stamfordafc.et: “We certainly don’t look shy of goals and when we tighten up, particularly from set pieces, we won’t concede sloppy goals.

“Winning is a good habit to have and I hope we can carry it on and really get that winning mentality instilled in the team.”

Stamford play Thurnby Nirvana, at home tomorrow, kick-off 3pm. The game was set for Thursday last week but cancelled.

Stamford then face Boston United in the Lincolnshire Senior Shield (7.45pm) at home followed by Lincoln United away on Thursday and then Blackstones away next Saturday.

Admission for the Thurnby game tomorrow is £2 for adults, under 16s are free.