Big glamour tie for the Daniels

Stamford AFC v Kidsgrove Athletic.'Photo: MSMP290912-027ow
Stamford AFC v Kidsgrove Athletic.'Photo: MSMP290912-027ow

The Daniels have drawn a glamour tie against FC United of Manchester in the next round of the FA Trophy.

Daniels boss Graham Drury is delighted by the draw and predicts United, formed by Manchester United fans disgruntled by the Premier League club’s American owners, will brings hundreds 
of supporters to Kettering 
Road.

FC United currently sit sixth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division and Drury said: “They are as good as a Conference club - or better. They could bring around 500.

“Hopefully it will attract people from a long way around here as well.”

Stamford chairman Chris Rivett said: “FC United of Manchester at home is one of the ties most teams in the competition would have been happy with from a financial perspective.

“There aren’t too many sides that travel in the numbers they do outside of the top Conference teams. In terms of the potential support they may bring, it’s a 
bit like a League 2 team 
landing a Premier League side in the FA Cup but on a smaller scale.

“I’m hoping people in the town who haven’t been to see us yet this season will want to come down.

“It will obviously be beneficial for the club financially, but also for 
the town’s business community.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the supporters of 
FC United to Stamford,” he added.

FC United earned the right to face Stamford after winning their replay against Mossley on Tuesday evening.

Stamford made it through at the first attempt, beating Kidsgrove 3-1 on Saturday with goals from Gary King, after 
18 minutes, and Jordan 
Smith with goals each side of half-time.

King opened the scoring with a strike from 25 yards and Smith doubled Stamford’s lead just before half-time, getting behind the visitors’ defence 
to rifle home from inside the box.

Smith added Stamford’s third within 30 seconds of the start of the second half, scoring after Richard Jones had headed Danny Brooks’ corner across the box.