Fresh start for Daniels as they kick-off life at new stadium

Stamford AFC v Matlock Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141118-101903001
Stamford AFC v Matlock Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141118-101903001
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Stamford AFC manager David Staff says the club’s first game at the new ground tomorrow (Saturday) offers his side a fresh start having struggled at home so far this season .

They won their last ever game at Wothorpe Road 3-0 against Rushall Olympic and will hope to christen the new Zeeco Stadium on Ryhall Road in similar fashion against struggling Nantwich Town from 3pm on Saturday.

Stamford have won just three competitive home games all season but are looking to find some improved form at the new Borderville Sports Centre.

Daniels manager David Staff said: “We have struggled a bit at the old ground this season but this offers us a fresh start.

“Motivation is not going to be an issue on Saturday that is for sure.”

Stamford trained on the first team pitch for the first time on Tuesday and were impressed by the surface at the £5m facility.

Staff said: “I know a lot of the old fans who have been supporting the club for decades loved the old ground but we couldn’t keep operating there forever and I think when they come down and see the new ground they will be impressed.”

Stamford beat Nantwich 3-0 earlier in the season during their blistering start however they are not taking the visitors lightly, especially as they won 2-0 at home to Barwell on Tuesday night.

Staff said: “They are struggling a little bit in the league but they have not been rolled over by anyone.

“They won’t be a bad side, they have got plenty of good players with experience at this level.

“It really is about what we do and what we offer on the day.”

The first side to play at the Zeeco Stadium was Stamford AFC under-18s who trashed Blackstones U18s 10-1 on Friday night.

Sam Thorpe scored a hat-trick and Sean Kelly and Ayrton Brown both recorded braces while Alex Walton, Ash Chamberlain and Lewis Fountain also got on the scoreboard for Stamford.

Staff will be dreaming his team can enjoy a similar result on Saturday.