THE Daniels face Hucknall Town tomorrow with star striker Bruno Holden back in top goalscoring form.
Holden hit a hat-trick for Stamford during Saturday’s 3-2 victory against promotion rivals Sutton Coldfield.
The striker was an instant hit after his arrival in the autumn with a flurry of goals in his early games for Stamford but after picking up an injury against his former club, Brigg, he went through a barren spell and Daniels boss Tommy Brookbanks knows Holden’s form will be crucial during the final months of the campaign.
Brookbanks hopes Saturday’s treble marks the start of another hot streak and would be delighted if Holden can add to his tally against Hucknall at the Premier Kitchens Arena tomorrow.
Speaking after Holden’s hat-trick had steered Stamford to victory, Brookbanks, who managed Hucknall before taking charge at Stamford, said: “We always knew we would need his goals. It’s a massive result for us today.
“After playing so well last week and not taking anything from the game, it was important to get a result.
“We want to stay in the play-off places and hopefully now we can kick start a little run.
“You always want to put one over your old club and it’s another six-pointer. We just need the crowd to get behind us.”
But Brookbanks was less impressed by a series of yellow cards picked up by his players on Saturday, and the shambolic defending that allowed Sutton Coldfield to level from a free kick.
Mark Bellingham curled the ball into the Stamford net while the home side’s players disputed the free kick with the referee and Brookbanks said: “It was abysmal. I told them at half-time what I thought of it.
“It’s probably down to frustration but the ref isn’t going to change his mind.”
Bellingham’s goal came two minutes after Holden had opened the scoring during an uneventful first half in which neither side created much in the final third of the field.
Substitute Joel Fuller put Sutton Coldfield ahead on 67 minutes but their lead was shortlived. Holden reacted quickest when Luke Garton’s 35-yarder came back off the bar and the game sprang to life. Holden completed his hat-trick two minutes later.
Tomorrow’s match at the Premier Kitchens Arena kicks off at 3pm.
l STAMFORD’s home match against Sheffield FC has been re-arranged for Friday, February 17. Kick off will be at 7.45pm.
Full report of Stamford’s victory against Sutton Coldfield on page 126.