Any victory would satisfy Stamford boss

Any win would satisfy Daniels boss David Staff at Ilkeston this evening, when Stamford play their first away match of the season.

The Daniels won their opening game of the season on Saturday, beating Frickley Athletic 6-4 at Kettering Road in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

Stamford opened their 2013-14 season with a 6-4 victory at home to Frickley 'Photo: Geoff Atton

Stamford opened their 2013-14 season with a 6-4 victory at home to Frickley 'Photo: Geoff Atton

Yet while ten-goal thrillers make great entertainment, Staff admitted afterwards: “I couldn’t put up with that every week.

“There were some great goals and a lot of positives that we can take but there was terrible defending from both sides.”

Ryan Walker is unavailable this evening but otherwise Staff’s squad should shake off the few early-season niggles picked up on Saturday when the new frontline of Jordan Smith and Ryan Robbins proved too hot for the visitors to handle.

Robbins gave Stamford an early lead, scoring after just three minutes but that lead was short-lived with Gavin Allott levelling for Frickley after 12 minutes.

Smith restored Stamford’s lead from the penalty spot in the 28th minute. Smith then doubled the Daniels lead eight minutes later only for Mark Gray to pull one back before half-time.

Stamford’s fourth was a Tom Woodward own goal in the 63rd minute but again Frickley reduced the deficit with Joseph Fox making it 4-3 with quarter of an hour remaining.

Dan Lawlor added The Daniels’ fifth in the 82nd minute but Luke Hinsley ensured a nervous ending for Stamford, scoring Frickley’s fifth in the 89th minute.

Smith, finally made the game safe in injury time with his third and Stamford’s sixth.

After this evening’s game at Ilkeston, Stamford travel to FC United of Manchester on Saturday and then host Grantham Town on bank holiday Monday.

“It will be a different game of football tonight. Ilkeston have a different style of football which will test us.

“We now have two really tough tests.”

Stamford: Alex Lynch, Ryan Walker (Shawn Richards), Richard Wesley, Nathan Haines, Richard Jones, Ashley Robinson (Andy Burgess), Jon Challinor, Jordan Smith, Dan Lawlor, Ryan Robbins (Tom Batchelor).